The Morning Update for Friday, June 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, June 3, 2016. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

HBO Orders Bill Hader Comedy ‘Barry’ to Series
Marking the premium cabler’s first series addition under new programming president Casey Bloys. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbo-orders-bill-hader-comedy-899122

Melissa McCarthy Comedy ‘Nobodies’ Ordered to Series at TV Land
TV Land has given a series order to “Nobodies,” from “MadTV” alum Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. The series stars Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras as three lesser known comedians who are trying to land their famous friend a feature film script in the hopes of helping their own career trajectories. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/melissa-mccarthy-comedy-nobodies-tv-land-1201787628/

‘UnReal’ Renewed for Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere
Lifetime has renewed “UnReal” for Season 3, the cabler announced, just days ahead of the show’s Season 2 premiere on June 6. Season 3 will consist of 10 episodes, scheduled to bow in 2017. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/unreal-season-3-renewed-1201787654/

‘Good Witch’ Renewed For Third Season By Hallmark Channel
Ahead of the Season 2 finale on June 19,Hallmark Channelhas ordered a 12-episode third season of its original seriesGood Witch. Production on Season 3 is scheduled to begin in August in Toronto for a 2017 premiere. http://deadline.com/2016/06/good-witch-renewed-third-season-hallmark-channel-catherine-bell-james-denton-1201765954/

Liz Heldens Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins Seth MacFarlane Fox Dramedy
Writer-producer Liz Heldens has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the two-year pact, she will join the studio’s upcoming straight-to-series comedic drama created, executive produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane as executive producer. http://deadline.com/2016/06/liz-heldens-overall-deal-20th-tv-jseth-macfarlane-fox-dramedy-1201763876/

‘American Horror Story’ Exec Producer Brad Buecker Inks 20th TV Overall Deal
Director-producer Brad Buecker, a long-time close collaborator of Ryan Murphy, has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television where Murphy also is based. Under the multi-year pact, Buecker will continue to executive produce FX/20th TV’s American Horror Story, co-created/executive produced by Murphy, as well as develop new projects for broadcast and cable. http://deadline.com/2016/06/american-horror-story-brad-buecker-20th-tv-overall-deal-1201766470/

(review) THR: ‘Feed the Beast’There’s nothing to feast on in AMC’s boring, ill-conceived restaurant-business drama starring David Schwimmer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/feed-beast-tv-review-899201

(animated) Fox Developing Animated Series ‘That’s My Bus’ from Dan Perlman and Will Julian
Fox has a new animated comedy in the works. The network has ordered a pilot presentation for a half-hour animated comedy called That’s My Bus. Created by standups Dan Perlman and Will Julian, the project won the best half-hour pitch at the New York Television Festival last year and centers on a New York City bus driver named Bill Russell: “Passionate about his bus yet possessed of a stubborn worldview, Bill uses every bump and turn in the road to teach his son important life lessons while simultaneously driving his wife, passengers and boss crazy.” Chozen’s Tom Brady will serve as showrunner. http://splitsider.com/2016/06/fox-developing-animated-series-thats-my-bus-from-dan-perlman-and-will-julian/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Actress Joins Dennis Quaid Crackle Series ‘The Art of More’
“Fear the Walking Dead” actress Sandrine Holt has joined the cast of the Crackle series “The Art of More,” starring Dennis Quaid. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/art-of-more-crackle-dennis-quaid-sandrine-holt-1201787611/

Brant Daugherty Returning to ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season 7
Noel Kahn is returning to Rosewood. Brant Daugherty is reprising his role on “Pretty Little Liars” for the upcoming seventh season this summer. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/pretty-little-liars-noel-kahn-season-7-brant-daugherty-1201787965/

Monica Bellucci to Guest Star on ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Season 3
Monica Bellucci is set to guest star in the third season of Amazon TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/monica-bellucci-to-guest-star-in-mozart-in-the-jungle-1201788193/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Katie Findlay To Star In EDM Musical Series ‘Pulse’ On Go90
Katie Findlay(How To Get Away With Murder, The Killing) is set to star in Pulse, an original musical series from New Form Digitalfor premiere on Verizon’s Go90this fall. Pulse follows a group of American expatriates living in Berlin who find themselves immersed in the city’s vibrant, kinetic dance scene. The series tracks one year of the characters’ lives telling the story as a lush and provocative EDM musical. http://deadline.com/2016/06/katie-findlay-star-edm-musical-series-pulse-go90-1201766154/

Warner Bros. Forms Over-the-Top Video Division
Warner Bros. has formed Warner Bros. Digital Networks, focused on building out the studio’s owned digital video and over-the-top video services – expanding its reach into direct-to-consumer entertainment. The new division will be led by Craig Hunegs. The group encompasses DramaFever, the subscription-video service specializing in Korean TV shows and film dramas, as well as WB’s investment in Machinima; its partnership with NBA star LeBron James’ Uninterrupted for digital projects; and its interest in Ellen Digital Ventures, a partnership with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. Also under the WBDN umbrella will be Warner Archive Instant, a subscription VOD service offering classic titles from the studio.http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/warner-bros-over-the-top-division-1201787594/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Variety: TV’s Aftershow Phenomenon: From ‘Talking Dead’ to ‘After the Thrones’
Fans are demanding to know more about their favorite shows and networks want to give it to them. …Raiewski sums up why aftershows are cropping up all over television, even scripted shows. “Talking Dead” exec producer Brandon Monk says the superfan exemplifies what the creators “hoped the show would be.” He’s symbolic of this moment in television of networks trying to understand their audience, and those fans in turn wanting more from their favorite shows. http://variety.com/2016/tv/spotlight/tv-aftershows-talking-dead-after-the-thrones-1201787313/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht Among Promotions at Sony TV in Wake of Steve Mosko’s Departure
While the studio isn’t positing the duo as replacements for Mosko, they duo will take on a number of his responsibilities. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/zack-van-amburg-jamie-erlicht-898896

Variety: Amblin TV: One Example of How Independent Studios Are Taking Back Their Power
The rise of “too much TV” has widened the door for indie producers, who eschew first-look and overall deals (and the money that could be used to fund overheads) in order to shop shows to whomever, and wherever, they want. In the process, they’re providing a bit of check-and-balance to the network/studio dominance. http://variety.com/2016/voices/columns/amblin-tv-example-of-independent-studio-success-1201785348/

Doug Belgrad Stepping Down as Sony Motion Picture President
Long-time Sony executive Doug Belgrad plans to step down as president of the studio’s Motion Picture Group. Belgrad came to Sony in 1989 and has survived through multiple administrations, including the arrival last year of Tom Rothman as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/doug-belgrad-exits-sony-1201788003/

Starz President Glenn Curtis to Retire
Starz president Glenn Curtis will retire from the company effective July 1. Curtis is a longtime Starz veteran, having spent more than 20 years at the company. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/starz-president-glen-curtis-retire-1201787952/

AWARDS NEWS:

Variety: Complicated Female Characters Played By Robin Wright, Viola Davis, Rule TV
Last year, Viola Davis won lead actress in a drama for playing Annalise Keating, a brilliant, bisexual law professor who is also deeply deceptive and unfaithful to her husband in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.” While such characters might be found elsewhere on television, are any of them the leads of a network show, let alone a woman? Would such a character even exist in the space of a two-hour movie without simply being a go-to villain? Is it any wonder why Oscar winners like Jessica Lange and Jane Fonda and superstars like Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga come to television, where they can sink their teeth into juicy parts? http://variety.com/2016/tv/columns/complicated-female-characters-rule-tv-1201786774/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: L.A. Screenings: Foreign Buyers Say What Worked, What Didn’t
In recent years, international buyers at the L.A. Screenings have complained that Hollywood studios haven’t been producing the type of shows, such as procedurals and light comedies, that work best on free-to-air, generalist channels abroad. At this year’s event, there were signs the studios tried to remedy that… Among indie studios bringing strong shows was Entertainment One, which has two new Mark Gordon dramas, “Designated Survivor,” a conspiracy thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland, and “Conviction,” in which a brilliant lawyer investigates cases of wrongful conviction. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/l-a-screenings-foreign-buyers-report-1201787548/

The Ringer: Inside the Web’s Most Obsessive Fan Group
How Beyoncé’s worker bees — the most committed fans on the internet — organize. The BeyHive is massive — more than 17,000 members strong, and that’s just the active participants on the forum, not the hangers-on (one must apply for access to the group). But the club’s intense organization and tactical offense suggest it is a well-oiled machine. So how does such a huge, entirely remote body move with such precision, and what technology does it use to do so?https://theringer.com/beyonce-beyhive-online-fan-forum-b7c7226ac16d#.dxg8wt3od

(video) TED: An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning | Norman Lear / Eric Hirshberg
In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a primetime voice to underrepresented Americans. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with "the foolishness of the human condition" shaped his life and creative vision. http://www.ted.com/talks/norman_lear_an_entertainment_icon_on_living_a_life_of_meaning

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