The Morning Update for Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 2, 2016:


Showtime Orders Jamie Foxx Comedy Pilot ‘White Famous’
Showtime has handed out a pilot order to half-hour comedy White Famous, executive produced by Jamie Foxx, who also will have a recurring role. A co-production between Lionsgate Television and Showtime, the project focuses on a talented, young African-American comedian whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross over toward becoming “white famous.” Tom Kapinos will pen the script for White Famous, which is based on an original idea by Foxx.

‘Purity’ Limited Series Starring Daniel Craig Gets 20-Episode Order By Showtime
Showtime has closed a deal for a 20-episode order to Purity, a limited drama series toplined by James Bond star Daniel Craigand produced by Todd Field and Scott Rudin. The project is based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen. Field will direct direct all 20 hours of the limited series, which he will co-write with Franzen and David Hare. The book, published last September, centers on Pip, a young American woman who does not know who she is, and Andreas Wolf, a charismatic German provocateur, who will be played by Craig. He heads a South America-based organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world where Pip gets an internship in search of her identity.

‘Outlander’ renewed through Season 4 on Starz
Starz has renewed “Outlander” for Seasons 3 and 4. The time-travel drama stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore.

‘Homeland’ Near Renewal for Seasons 7 and 8, Won’t Return Until 2017
The sixth season, which starts production later in the summer in New York, will debut in January.

‘Cleverman’ Renewed For Season 2 By SundanceTV & Oz’s ABC
The day after its U.S. premiere Clevermanhas been renewed for Season 2. SundanceTVand Oz’s ABC TV said that production on the genre drama’s next six hourlong episodes will begin later this year in Sydney. Set in the near future, Cleverman revolves around two estranged indigenous brothers who are forced together to fight for their own survival as otherworldly creatures also emerge into their “real world” dystopian landscape.

(sched) Showtime Will Premiere One Series a Month, Which Might Disappoint Homeland Fans
Beginning this fall, Showtime will shift to a new premiere schedule where it will debut a new series almost every month, instead of debuting a cluster of shows once each quarter, to keep viewers continually engaged. As part of this move, the network is shifting the premiere of its most popular show, Homeland, from its usual fall position to next January.

(ratings) TVBTN: Failure factor: How bad was the 2015-16 TV season for new shows?
The five broadcast networks ordered 44 new scripted series for the season. To date, 17 new scripted shows have been renewed and 23 canceled, with one (FOX’s “Houdini and Doyle”) undetermined and three (ABC’s “Uncle Buck” and CBS’ “American Gothic” and “BrainDead”) yet to air. Even if all four end up canceled, it would still be under the average failure rate (currently 63 percent) since 2009-10.

(review) Variety: ‘Outcast’Is it a horror series? Yes, at first. But “Outcast” quickly pivots to become a suspense-laden, psychological examination of inner shadows – the undesirable aspects of ourselves that we strive to keep hidden – and the figurative demons constantly flitting around us all. …Cinemax is moving beyond bone-breaking action and blunt sexuality in favor of more atmospheric, thematically challenging content like its critically acclaimed medical drama “The Knick.”

THR: Which New Fall Shows Have the Most Buzz Online
Activity from 40 top digital platforms suggest that NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ and Fox’s ‘Prison Break’ reboot could be hits.


Ellen Pompeo Inks Deal to Return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Ellen Pompeo has inked a new deal to return to next season of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Pompeo is one of TV’s highest-paid actors, earning over $300,000 per episode. She also recently won the People’s Choice Award for “favorite dramatic TV actress” for her role on the ABC drama.

‘Santa Clarita Diet’: Liv Hewson Cast As Regular, Richard T. Jones To Recur
Liv Hewsonhas been cast as a series regular opposite Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant inSanta 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. Richard T. Jonesalso has joined the cast in a major recurring role.

‘The Americans’ Ups Brandon J. Dirden To Regular; ‘Shameless’ Promotes Isidora Goreshter
Brandon J. Dirden, who recurred on seasons three and four of FX’s The Americans, has been promoted to series regular for the final two seasons, five and six. Isidora Goreshter has been promoted to series regular for Season 7 of Showtime’s Shameless.


Brie Larson the Frontrunner to Play Captain Marvel

Brie Larson is in early talks to play Captain Marvel, one of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes, in an upcoming standalone film. “Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script, which follows Carol Danvers, an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight.


Julie Andrews To Star In Kids Series About The Performing Arts For Netflix
Julie Andrewswill star in Julie’s Greenroom, a new preschool series from the Jim Henson Company about the performing arts, set to premiere on Netflix in 2017.

First Movie Filmed on Snapchat, ‘Sickhouse’ Starring Andrea Russett, Debuts on Vimeo
“Sickhouse,” a horror movie starring digital celeb Andrea Russett based on 10-second video snippets posted to Snapchat, is now available for purchase — another test of whether social followers will become paying customers. The 68-minute feature-length version of the movie, produced by Indigenous Media, launched Wednesday on on Vimeo.


‘Good Morning America’s’ Lara Spencer Inks Production Deal with Leftfield Entertainment
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer is building her behind-the-camera brand. Spencer has inked a production deal with Leftfield Entertainment. With the new partnership, Spencer brings with her a recently-commissioned ABC project, though details have not yet been provided.

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Land Their Own E! Reality Series
E! is expanding their powerhouse Kardashian franchise with a reality show for Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna. The news of the series — titled “Rob & Chyna” — comes shortly after the newly engaged couple announced that they are expecting.

Nicole Brown Simpson’s Sister Developing True-Crime Series for NBC’s Peacock Productions
Denise Brown, the sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, is developing a true-crime series for NBC News’ Peacock Productions. As part of the unscripted project, Brown and a team of experts will investigate all sides of the story in cases where justice has been called into question.

(sched) ‘Better Late Than Never’ & ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls’ Premiere Dates Set On NBC
NBChas set Tuesday, August 23 as the premiere for its new comedy event series Better Late Than Neverand Monday, July 11 for the season debut of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Both shows will begin at 10 PM.


Middle East’s Only Talent Agency Launches in Hollywood
Amr Koura hopes by opening his Creative Arab Talent agency in L.A. he will establish a trust base to help Arab talent penetrate the Hollywood market and vice-versa.

Wong Kar-wai Makes Web Series Foray With Huanxi Media Backing
Wong Kar-wai, Chinese cinema’s best known auteur, will make a foray into Web content with a new series that he will produce and partly direct. The series, which currently has no English-language title, will be made as part of a new agreement between Wong and Huanxi Media.


Chinese Government Issues Theme Park Etiquette Guide After Shanghai Disneyland Is Trashed
After an incredibly rough opening that included children defecating in the bushes and people carving graffiti on lampposts, the Chinese government has now issued an etiquette guide for visitors of Shanghai Disneyland. …The six rules include; throwing garbage into trash cans, protecting public property, don’t damage flowers or gardens, don’t lay down on the grass, don’t jump queues, and to overall “maintain decorum” (that means no Brazilian soccer chanting in line). At this point, the guide is simply that, a guide, but there has been some talk in Shanghai of keeping records of violators and “public shaming.”


Sony Infighting Led to TV Chief Steve Mosko’s Exit
The strained relationship between SPE CEO Michael Lynton and Mosko played a significant role in the latter’s exit from Sony Pictures Television after a nearly 24 year run.

Chris McCarthy Promoted to President of VH1 and Logo
VH1 and Logo TV General Manager Chris McCarthy has been promoted to President of the two Viacom networks. He’ll continue to be based in New York, reporting to Doug Herzog, President of the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group.

Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Names Jason Clark President
Producer Jason Clark has been named president of Seth MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door. Clark will shepherd new projects and oversee production and development for the company’s current film and television slate.

Sony Pictures’ Eric Fineman Upped to VP Production
Eric Fineman has been promoted to vp production at Sony Pictures Entertainment, reporting directly to Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad.

Gillian Bohrer Joins Fox 2000 As Production Exec Veep
Gillian Bohrerhas been hired to be executive vice president of production at Fox 2000. The appointment was made by Elizabeth Gabler, who herself has just re-upped as president of the Fox division she has run since 1999.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Names Val Boreland EVP Content Strategy
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s president of Entertainment Networks Chris McCumber has filled the remaining vacancy in his top executive team at the recently consolidated division, naming former Revolt and Comedy Central executive Val Borelandas EVP Content Strategy.


Variety: Why Emmy Voters Shouldn’t Overlook Network TV

The broadcast networks collectively will earn more than $8 billion in advertising this year, so it’s hard to think of them as underdogs. But they’re often unloved in terms of media coverage, and the big question remains how they will fare with Emmys.

17 Top TV Execs Reveal How They’d Fix the Emmys (Hint: Serve Booze!)
"Get everyone drunk like the Golden Globes." Yep, many of the industry’s best — including FX’s John Landgraf, TNT/TBS’ Kevin Reilly, Showtime’s David Nevins and Netflix’s Cindy Holland — say alcohol would enliven the ceremony when asked what it would take to make the big night as entertaining as the shows being honored.


Variety: From ‘American Crime’ to ‘The Americans’: Teen Takeover of TV’s Prestige Drama
A new crop of teen characters are getting juicy roles on top dramas. This shift may be in part because showrunners and networks have noticed the number of millennials and members of generation Z tuning into grown-up programming: “Empire,” “Scream Queens,” and “Once Upon a Time” are on the list of top-rated entertainment broadcast programming among teens. But the change is happening across platforms. In addition to “American Crime,” which focused on events at two high schools this year, several other series have stories that young people can relate to — even if they are offering an extremely heightened version of real life.

Fox Buyout Offers Accepted By Up to 400 Employees
Between 300 and 400 film and television staffers have taken voluntary buyouts at 21st Century Fox. That represents roughly half of the employees who were given the option of taking the package, according to insiders.

AdWeek: 75 Percent of Networks Will Use C7 Advertising Metric for Upfront Deals
Step aside, C3. Your upfront reign is over. Around 75 percent of broadcast and cable networks will use Nielsen’s C7 metric as their primary currency for this year’s upfront deals, according to a new survey from the Video Advertising Bureau. That represents a shift from the C3 standard that has been in place since the metrics were adopted in 2006.

TechCrunch: Mary Meeker’s essential 2016 Internet Trends Report
Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has become a legend for publishing these compilations of the most critical stats and trends about how technology is evolving. Some highlights include:

– Video viewership is exploding, with Snapchat and Facebook Live showing the way, though video ads aren’t always effective

– US advertising is growing, with Google and Facebook controlling 76% of the market and rising, but advertisers still spend too much on legacy media rather than new media where the audience has shifted

THR: Warner Bros. Opens Submissions for Emerging Directors WorkshopThe workshop will have participants pitch, write and produce a script for a short film. The applications close on June 30.

Ars Technica: Amazon Prime third-year renewals point to bonkers-high retention
isn’t likely to release granular data about its Prime subscribers any time soon, which means a privately run survey has a little more weight than we might otherwise give it—especially with a conclusion as resounding as the one drawn by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners on Tuesday. The firm’s latest report estimated an Amazon Prime retention rate that may only be rivaled by alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs: 96 percent.