The Morning Update for Monday, June 6, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, June 6, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

CBS Picks Up Drama Series ‘Ransom’ From Frank Spotnitz, Luke Roberts Stars
CBS has come on board as the U.S. broadcaster of Ransom, a 13-episode drama series starring Luke Roberts, from Entertainment One and The X-Files alum Frank Spotnitz. Created by David Vainola (Combat Hospital) and Spotnitz, Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert who, along with his partner Marwan Mery, are considered to be among the top negotiators in the world. http://deadline.com/2016/06/ransom-cbs-series-frank-spotnitz-luke-roberts-stars-1201767290/

(from Fri) Comedy Central Picks Up Workplace Comedy Pilot ‘Corporate’ To Series
Comedy Centralhas given a series order to pilot Corporate, written by Matt Ingebretsonas well as Jake Weismanand Pat Bishop, members of the (all-male) sketch group Women. Corporate is described as a dark, satirical workplace comedy that follows Matt (Ingebretson) and Jake (Weisman), two junior executives-in-training who are forced to do the dirty work of the higher-ups at one of the world’s largest corporations, Hampton DeVille. http://deadline.com/2016/06/comedy-central-series-order-workplace-comedy-pilot-corporate-1201766993/

(from Fri) ‘Lopez’ renewed for Season 2 on TV Land
TV Land has renewed “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez, for a second season. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/06/03/lopez-renewed-for-season-2-on-tv-land/

Netflix Renews Gerard Depardieu’s ‘Marseille’ for Second Season
Netflix has renewed Gerard Depardieu-starrer “Marseille,” its first French original series, for a second season. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/netflix-gerard-depardieu-second-season-1201789285-1201789285/

Deadbeat Cancelled at Hulu
Deadbeat fans, consider your mellow harshed. A Hulu spokesperson confirms that the supernatural-tinged stoner comedy’s third season, which premiered on April 20, will be its last. http://tvline.com/2016/06/05/deadbeat-cancelled-season-4-hulu/

CASTING NEWS:

Pierce Brosnan To Star In AMC Series ‘The Son’ In TV Return, Replaces Sam Neill
Pierce Brosnan is returning to television as the lead of AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son. The former James Bond is replacing Sam Neill who had been originally cast in the role but left for personal reasons. http://deadline.com/2016/06/pierce-brosnan-star-the-son-amc-series-replace-sam-neill-1201767390/

Gillian Anderson Joins ‘American Gods’ on Starz
Gillian Anderson has joined Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods. Anderson will play Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/gillian-anderson-american-gods-media-starz-bryan-fuller-1201788348/

(from Fri) Alyson Hannigan, Megan Hilty to Star in ‘First Wives Club’ Reboot for TV Land
The ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Smash’ alums will topline the single-camera comedy for the network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/alyson-hannigan-megan-hilty-star-899540

(from Fri) Griffin Dunne Cast In Jill Soloway Amazon Pilot ‘I Love Dick’
Griffin Dunne(After Hours, Dallas Buyers Club) has booked a series regular role opposite Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon in Jill Soloway’s Amazoncomedy pilot I Love Dick. http://deadline.com/2016/06/griffin-dunne-cast-jill-soloway-amazon-comedy-pilot-i-love-dick-kevin-bacon-1201767085/

(from Fri) ‘Life In Pieces’: Hunter King Upped To Series Regular For Season 2
The Young and the Restless
star Hunter King, who recurred as Clementine on the freshman season of CBS’ single-camera comedy series, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. http://deadline.com/2016/06/life-in-pieces-hunter-king-series-regular-season-2-1201766978/

(from Fri) ‘Code Black’: Bonnie Somerville & Raza Jaffrey Exit As Part Of Creative Changes, Jillian Murray & Boris Kodjoe Promoted
CBSfreshman medical drama Code Blackclinched a second season renewal based on a pitch by creator/exec producer Michael Seitzman that included changes for Season 2 and a structure resembling real-life that includes a revolving cast of younger cast members. As part of the plan, two series regulars, Bonnie Somervilleand Raza Jaffrey, are departing. Two recurring players, Jillian Murrayand Boris Kodjoe, have been promoted to regular. http://deadline.com/2016/06/code-black-bonnie-somerville-raza-jaffrey-exit-creative-changes-1201767279/

FEATURE NEWS:

THR: Hollywood’s New Problem: Sequels Moviegoers Don’t Want
"2016 has proven to be a very tough battleground, and the landscape has been littered with a series of sequels that have come up short and thus call into question the entire notion of the inherent appeal of non-original, franchise-based content," says one analyst. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywoods-new-problem-sequels-moviegoers-899765

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘The View’ Axes Michelle Collins as Co-Host
Almost a year after she started on the program, ABC executives have decided to cut comedian Michelle Collins as a co-host of “The View.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/the-view-michelle-collins-co-host-exits-1201788498/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Netflix Orders First Indian Series ‘Sacred Games’
The drama marks the video giant’s first coproduction with an Indian banner, Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films. According to a plot descriptiom, the Mumbai-set drama “delves into the city’s intricate web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance.” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-orders-first-indian-series-899806

Gerard Depardieu to Star in Russian ‘Brothers Karamazov’ Series
French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu will star in a Russian TV series based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic 1879 novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The series, produced by Mars Media, will consist of eight episodes, with shooting planned for 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gerard-depardieu-star-russian-brothers-899286

TWDC NEWS:

HBR: How Disney Found Its Way Back to Creative Success
Since every industry changes in time, the key to success is adapting to those changes – hence, strategy is innovation. In this, Disney and Warner Brothers provide an instructive study in contrasts. https://hbr.org/2016/06/how-disney-found-its-way-back-to-creative-success

‘Zootopia’ Joins Elite $1 Billion Global Box Office Club
The bunnies of “Zootopia” just hopped over the $1 billion global mark at the box office. The Disney animated film — which is in its 17th week of release — has grossed $337.2 million domestically and $662.8 million internationally. It’s only the second movie of 2016 to cross the 10-figure threshold, the other being fellow Disney title “Captain America: Civil War.” The Mouse House now has 11 films in the elite $1 billion club, which boasts 26 members.http://www.thewrap.com/zootopia-joins-elite-1-billion-global-box-office-club/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(from Fri) Pearlena Igbokwe Named President of Universal TV
The former head of drama at NBC will segue to the studio and replace Bela Bajaria. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pearlena-igbokwe-named-president-universal-898590

(from Fri) Comedy Central Promotes Sarah Babineau to SVP, Original Programming
Comedy Central has named Sarah Baineau senior vice president, original programming, East Coast. Her promotion rounds out the senior development team of network president Kent Alterman, who rose to become head of Comedy Central last month. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/comedy-central-sarah-babineau-1201788151/

(from Fri) Fox’s James Oh Joins Jerry Bruckheimer Television As SVP
Former Fox SVP Drama Programming and Development James Ohhas joined Warner Bros TV-based Jerry Bruckheimer Televisionas SVP. Oh, a 18-year Fox veteran, was among those eligible for a buyout package under 21st Century Fox’s recent voluntary buyout program. http://deadline.com/2016/06/foxs-james-oh-joins-jerry-bruckheimer-television-as-svp-1201767107/

Raw TV Ups Adam Hawkins to Exec VP of U.S. TV
Leading TV production company Raw TV has promoted former senior VP of development, Adam Hawkins, to the newly created role of executive VP of U.S. television. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/raw-tv-adam-hawkins-u-s-tv-1201789124/

(from Fri) Sony Names Sanford Panitch Columbia Pictures President
Panitch, who has a long-standing working relationship with Sony Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman, had been overseeing international film and TV production for the studio. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-names-sanford-panitch-president-899454

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