The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

FX Orders ‘X-Men’ Take ‘Legion’ to Series‘Fargo’s’ Noah Hawley serves as showrunner on the eight-episode drama starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Rachel Keller. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/x-men-story-legion-fx-898373

Jenji Kohan Producing Netflix Comedy Series ‘G.L.O.W.’ About ’80s Female Wrestling League
Netflix has greenlit “G.L.O.W.,” a comedy series based on the 1980’s female wrestling league, which will be exec produced by Jenji Kohan. Inspired by the real story behind the wrestlers, the half-hour series will be the fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers. Kohan will serve as an exec producer with “OITNB’s” Tara Herrmann and “G.L.O.W.” co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Flahive and Mensch will serve as showrunners. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/glow-netflix-series-female-wrestling-league-1201785407/

BBC America Developing Projects with Amy Poehler, ‘Orphan Black’ Producers
Among the new prospects:
“Memoria,” a drama from writer Adam Barken and “Orphan Black” producer Temple Street Prods., about a man who begins to unravel after his memories conflict with those recalled by technology.

“Zero Motivation,” a comedic drama set among women in the Israeli army. Tami Sagher is writing for Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite banner and is producing with Natasha Lyonne and Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie. Elon Ratzkovsky and Brooke Posch also exec produce.
“Foreign Babes in Beijing,” a drama about the experiences of actress Rachel DeWoskin, who left New York to star in a Chinese soap opera. The show is produced by “Mad Men” alums Maria and Andre Jacquemetton with DeWoskin and Zayn Dorn. Dan Halstead also produces.

“Quatermass,” a remake of the Brit series about a professor and his daughter who investigate an alien invasion, written by Jeremy Dyson for producer Red. StudioCanal will handle international distribution.
“Trip,” written by Louise Fox, is a new spin on the Chinese novel “Monkey: Journey to the West.” See-Saw Films is producing.
“Junk” is billed as a satirical look at the soda and junk food industry. Dean Craig is writing with Neal Baer exec producing. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/amc-rejuvenates-bbc-america-1201785334/

CASTING NEWS:

Skyler Gisondo Cast In ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Netflix Comedy Series
Skyler Gisondo(Vacation) has booked a series regular role opposite Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix‘s upcoming single-camera comedy series from creator Victor Fresco, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky’s Kapital-based KatCo, which is set for a 2017 debut. http://deadline.com/2016/05/skyler-gisondo-cast-santa-clarita-diet-netflix-comedy-series-drew-barrymore-timothy-olyphant-1201764722/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Gets December 2018 Release Date
Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are starring in the Rob Marshall-directed film. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disneys-mary-poppins-returns-gets-898457

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

NBC Launches ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Digital Series
NBC is introducing two new digital series that will take viewers behind the scenes on unscripted obstacle-course competition series “American Ninja Warrior.” The new series, “Crashing the Course” and “24/B4,” are set to premiere Tuesday on the NBC app, NBC.com, and the “American Ninja Warrior” YouTube channel. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/nbc-launches-american-ninja-warrior-digital-series-exclusive-1201785644/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Team Ninja Warrior’ Renewed for Season 2 at Esquire Network
Esquire Network has renewed “Team Ninja Warrior” for Season 2. The upcoming season will consist of 16 episodes, which will include a five-part special event, “Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition,” featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/team-ninja-warrior-season-2-renewed-esquire-1201785776/

Lauren Conrad answers your prayers, will star in 10th anniversary special of ‘The Hills’
Lauren Conrad, reality star turned entrepreneur, announced she’s going back to her roots for a tenth anniversary special of The Hills. The MTV reality series is officially a decade old today and a special will air on August 2, Conrad says. http://mashable.com/2016/05/31/lauren-conrad-hills-anniversary/

(ratings) Warriors’ Win Brings 16 Million Viewers, a Record for TNT and NBA on Cable
The Game 7 conclusion of the Western Conference Finals soars. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-warriors-win-brings-898461

(review) THR: ‘Maya & Marty’
Maya Rudolph, Martin Short
and Lorne Michaels join forces for a bland, product placement-filled, primetime take on ‘SNL’ for summer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/maya-marty-tv-review-898609

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

ABC Oz has a brief for legal drama
Australian pubcaster ABC has commissioned an eight-part drama about a suburban solicitor who returns to the bar after a disgruntled client torches her office. Newton’s Law comes from Every Cloud Productions’ Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger, the creative team behind Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Gods of Wheat Street. The creators liken the series to the Upstairs, Downstairs of legal dramas. http://www.c21media.net/abc-oz-has-a-brief-for-legal-drama/

Dutch drama deal for The Five
Dutch public broadcaster NPO has acquired Harlan Coben-penned UK drama The Five. The ten-part drama was originally for Sky 1 and comes from Red Production Company, whose parent, Studiocanal, sells the show internationally. The Five follows Tom Cullen, O.T. Fagbenle, Lee Ingelby and Sarah Solemani in a mystery thriller that takes place after evidence surfaces suggesting a missing child is alive. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/06/dutch-drama-deal-five/601672/

TWDC NEWS:

Mashable: Inside Disney’s digital ‘newsroom’: ‘Our goal is to win the Internet every day’
And every day, at exactly 10 a.m., a group of about 50 or so employees gather around Michael Hundgen, director of content at Disney Interactive Media, for a "stand up" pitch style meeting. The ultimate goal of the Disney Interactive Media team is to get all things Disney — everything from the new Alice Through the Looking Glass to a new Disney product — to resonate on the Internet. http://mashable.com/2016/05/31/disney-interactive-media-digital-content/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Deadline: Universal TV President Bela Bajaria Out; Pearlena Igbokwe Eyed As Replacement
Bela Bajariais departing Universal Television, which she has run for almost five years, most recently as president. NBC’s head of drama Pearlena Igbokweis in talks to replace her. Bajaria’s ouster was not planned as she was promoted from EVP to president a year ago and is believed to have two years left on her contract. There had been rumors about friction between Bajaria and Jennifer Salke over the past few years, with Bajaria reportedly being unhappy and vocal about it. http://deadline.com/2016/05/bela-bajaria-out-universal-tv-pearlena-igbokwe-replacement-1201765141/

Wrap: How a Tough Pilot Season Got NBC’s Studio Boss Ousted
The just-concluded TV pilot season has already claimed its first victim: Universal Television president Bela Bajaria. NBC boss Bob Greenblatt wasn’t pleased with Bajaria’s development roster, according to a person familiar with the situation. http://www.thewrap.com/how-a-tough-pilot-season-got-nbcs-studio-boss-ousted/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Vox: TV is killing off so many characters that death is losing its punch
The spring of 2016 has been marked by death after death after death on TV. Some have proved controversial. Some have passed without commentary. A couple have been largely applauded. But the fact remains: TV is killing major characters at an astonishing rate. Vox’s Caroline Framke painstakingly catalogued all the character deaths from the 2015-’16 television season (provided the dearly departed appeared in three or more episodes of their respective shows) and landed on over 230. http://www.vox.com/2016/6/1/11669730/tv-deaths-character-best

Bleeding Cool: Civil War Did Not Cause The Big Split At Marvel Comics – The Rot Set In With Iron Man 2
The TV shows, for ABC, Netflix and others, including Agent Carter, Jessica Jones and Agents Of SHIELD are still part of Marvel. Though they have lost alignment and co-ordination between the movies and the TV shows which would otherwise have co-promoted each other. You may have noted that this season’s Agents Of SHIELD had a scene where the cast talked about what was happening in Civil War – basically after the writers had got to see the almost-finished film. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/05/31/civil-war-did-not-cause-the-civil-war-at-marvel-the-rot-set-in-with-iron-man-2/

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