The Morning Update for Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, June 7, 2016:


HBO Orders Tycoon Family Drama From Adam McKay, Jihadi Recruitment Project From Kathryn Bigelow
HBO has ordered two family drama pilots: Succession, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and Mogadishu, Minnesota, from Kathryn Bigelow. Succession follows the saga of a fictional, American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. Jesse Armstrong will pen the script and executive produce the project alongside McKay, who will direct the pilot. Mogadishu, Minnesota, meanwhile, is described as a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American among the Somalis of Minneapolis. Bigelow will exec produce the drama alongside Somali Canadian rapper-singer-songwriter-poet K’naan Warsame, who will pen the script, exec produce and direct the pilot.

Amazon Orders 5 Pilots from Guillermo del Toro, Amy Sherman-Palladino & Others
Amazon has picked up five new pilots. Drama Carnival Row, from Guillermo del Toro & Travis Beacham and Rene Echeverria; dramedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amy-Sherman Palladino; drama Strange New Things, from writer Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) and director Kevin MacDonald; real-life superhero comedy The Legend of Master Legend, from writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster and pre-revolutionary Cuba drama Tropicana, from writers Josh Goldin & Rachel Abramowitz and producer Andrea Simon.

AMC Developing David Carr’s Memoir With Bob Odenkirk
AMC is teaming up with some familiar faces for a potential miniseries based on David Carr’s The Night of the Gun. The network announced that it is partnering with Sony Pictures Television to develop a six-parter based on the late journalist’s memoirs, with Shawn Ryan adapting and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk set to play Carr. Night of the Gun shifted Carr’s focus from reporting to his own life, chronicling his longtime struggle with addition.

Shane Brennan Re-Ups Deal With CBS TV Studios
NCIS: Los Angeles creator Shane Brennanhas signed a new two-year overall deal with NCIS producer CBS TV Studiosfor his production company Shane Brennan Productions. Under the extension, Brennan will focus on development. He will step down as showrunner after steering the action drama for its first seven seasons. His No .2, longtime NCIS: LA exec producer R. Scott Gemmill, will take over.

‘Cruel Intentions’ Creator Roger Kumble Says Sony and NBC Are ‘Behind This Show’
Will the “Cruel Intentions” revival ever make it to television? Though the show, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is not yet on the 2016-2017 slate, creator Roger Kumble tells Variety NBC and Sony are still in talks and are discussing the possibility of launching the show next summer.

‘Supergirl’ Will Introduce Superman In Season 2
The CBS-turned-CW series is casting the iconic DC Comics superhero, who will appear in the first two episodes of season two.


‘Dragon Tattoo’ Star Michael Nyqvist Joins Laurence Fishburne in BET’s Nelson Mandela Miniseries
The actor will play a former South African prime minister in the biopic, which also stars Orlando Jones.

James Remar Joins Hulu’s ‘The Path’ For Season 2
James Remar, who co-starred as Harry Morgan on Showtime’s Dexter, has joined the Season 2 cast of Hulu’s The Path.

‘The Path’ Adds ‘Hunger Games’ Alum as Season 2 Regular
Leven Rambin has boarded the Hulu drama from Jason Katims and Jessica Goldberg.


‘Hamilton’ Actress Phillipa Soo Joins Disney’s ‘Moana’
Soo’s Broadway co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda is producing original music for the Walt Disney animation.


Netflix Adds Eddie Murphy To Roster For Fake Docu
Netflixis negotiating forSoul Soul Soul: The Murray Murray Story, a fake documentary that will star Eddie Murphy. The package has Brett Ratner directing a script by Chris Case, with Brian Grazer and Tyler Mitchell producing. Murphy will play Murray Murray, a soul singer from the early 1960s, in a docu about his life.

The Season’s Top TV Shows on Twitter Include Walking Dead, Super Bowl and Fuller House
Nielsen released its rundown of the season’s most-tweeted moments, and revealed that Super Bowl 50, The Walking Dead, Fuller House and the Grammy Awards were among the most popular series, specials and sporting events on Twitter from Aug. 31 through May 29.


‘The View’ Eyes Sara Haines as New Co-Host
ABC is in talks with the ‘Good Morning America Weekend’ anchor and ABC News correspondent to replace Michelle Collins.


Vice preps first scripted comedy
Rogers Media in Canada has commissioned Viceland’s first scripted comedy series alongside a host of other locally produced original programming. Nirvanna the Band the Show (10×30’) follows two lifelong best friends and roommates in Toronto as they plan the greatest musical act in the history of the modern world. The pilot episode of the series, which was created by and stars childhood friends Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol, will air in the fall. The show first appeared as a web series in 2009.

Sony backs Dragonslayer indie
Sony is backing Blueprint Television, the new foray into TV by film production company Blueprint Pictures. Sony Pictures Television has bought into the new indie, and the prodco has brought in Eastenders showrunner Dominic Treadwell-Collins as head of television. It has already won a commission, and is making, alongside GroupM Entertainment, fantasy series The Last Dragonslayer for Sky. Blueprint principals Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin will run the new TV division, which will set out to make returning drama for the UK market but with an international focus.

Hettie Macdonald To Direct ‘Howards End’ Adaptation For BBC
Hettie Macdonald (Fortitude) has come on board to direct the BBC’s miniseries adaptation of Howards End, based on the classic EM Forster novel which was turned into an Oscar-winning Merchant Ivory feature in 1992. The four-part drama is produced by Colin Callender’s Playground in association with City Entertainment and KippSterEntertainment.

Eva Longoria In Final Negotiations To Join Jack Whitehall In BBC’s ‘Decline And Fall’
Eva Longoria is in final negotiations to join Brit comedy star Jack Whitehall in BBC Two’s high-end adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire Decline And Fall. James Wood is adapting the three-part miniseries. Set in 1920s Wales, Decline And Fall is a bitingly funny satire that follows the life and times of hapless Paul Pennyfeather (Whitehall) who is sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party and finds himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales.

CBC opening local Grand Hotel in Egypt
Egyptian channel CBC is launching a remake of Spanish period drama Grand Hotelfollowing a deal with German distributor Beta Films. The Arabic version comes from Beelink Productions and Eagle Films, and stars Amr Youssef, Dina El-Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawood. It will follow the lives of people in an iconic Egyptian hotel.


(animated) Counterfeit Cats purrs in the US
Disney XD in the US has picked up animated comedy Counterfeit Cat, which was commissioned by the Mouse House in EMEA and Teletoon in Canada last year. The cartoon is aimed at six- to 12-year-olds and follows a naive nine-year-old alien destined to save the universe and an anxious but vain house cat who’d prefer to save himself.


Lillah McCarthy Joins Allison Shearmur Productions
The cable and network development vet will serve as the company’s head of television operations.

Sue Kroll Reups With Warner Bros. in New Multiyear Deal
Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Warner Bros., has signed a new multiyear contract with the studio. Since June 2013, she has been part of the triumvirate of executives, along with worldwide production president Greg Silverman and New Line president Toby Emmerich, running the studio.

Warner Bros Taps Roger Willard As Senior VP & Chief Accounting Officer
Roger Willardhas been named SVP and Chief Accounting Officer at Warner Bros Entertainment.

Hulu Hires DirecTV’s Reagan Feeny to Head Network Partnerships for Live TV Service
Hulu has recruited Reagan Feeney, a 19-year veteran of DirecTV, as VP of network partnerships as the company gears up to launch a live subscription TV service in 2017.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson to host the BET Awards
Black-ish co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson will host the 2016 BET Awards on June 26. The news means Ross and Anderson are the first two-time hosts after their debut last year.

Kerry Washington Honored By SAG-AFTRA Foundation
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has selected Kerry Washington as the recipient of its Actors Inspiration Award. The foundation will present Washington with the award on June 13 at its 7th annual Los Angeles Golf Classic to recognize the star of “Confirmation” and “Scandal” for giving back to fellow actors and the community at large.

Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2016
Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2016. The series recognizes standups, sketch artists and Web content creators, who will be honored at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in July. James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik; Vlad Caamano; Ronny Chieng; Cameron Esposito; Jermaine Fowler; Lauren Lapkus; Aparna Nancherla; Lilly Singh; Granger Smith; Roy Wood Jr.


Netflix’s 20-Pound Emmy Mailer Impresses, Confounds Academy Members
Last week, the streaming service mailed its fourth box of screeners to Television Academy members. Together, the packages include every episode from more than 26 Netflix original series and features eligible for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards. They also represent a massive step up in the Emmys-campaign arms race.


ABC Kicks Off 2016 Talent Competition
ABC’s annual talent search is underway. The network has begun accepting submissions for its 2016 ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition. Actors 18 and older can apply by submitting a video on of them performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on the site. Performers are judged on quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. The prize is a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC.