The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 8, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Nashville’ Nearing Season 5 Renewal at CMT
It looks like “Nashville” will be saved. CMT is eyeing a pick-up of the fan-favorite series for a fifth season, following ABC’s cancellation that sent Twitter into a frenzy. CMT was one of many potential buyers for “Nashville,” which sparked interest from four or five different venues, according to Lionsgate Television, the studio that was shopping the show around with ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nashville-season-5-renewed-cmt-1201787188/

(ratings) Spotted Ratings: A18-49+ Update: The New Shows in 2015-16
After two strong classes of new series in the last two years, the class of 2015-16 fell back to earth, as most of the percentages above fell a bit worse than the historical averages. Even these tepid numbers probably look better on the surface than they actually will be over the long-term. Despite lukewarm at best numbers overall, there was still another high volume of renewals. http://www.spottedratings.com/2016/06/a18-49-update-new-shows-in-2015-16.html

CASTING NEWS:

Britt Robertson to Star in Netflix Comedy ‘Girlboss’
The 13-episode series is inspired by Sophia Amoruso, founder of fashion brand Nasty Gal. Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon created the series, exec produces and serves as showrunner. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/britt-robertson-star-netflix-comedy-900296

Mary Elizabeth Ellis Joins Netflix Comedy Series ‘Santa Clarita Diet’
The Grinder co-star Mary Elizabeth Ellisis set for a major recurring role opposite Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix‘s upcoming single-camera comedy series from creator Victor Fresco. http://deadline.com/2016/06/mary-elizabeth-ellis-cast-netflix-comedy-series-santa-clarita-diet-1201768320/

‘Reign’: Will Kemp Joins As New Love Interest For Season 4
Mary is getting a new noble suitor. English actor Will Kemp(Van Helsing) has been cast in the upcoming fourth season of the CW series Reign.http://deadline.com/2016/06/reign-will-kemp-cast-1201768342/

NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Adds Newcomer Maddie Baillio in Lead Role
NBC’s upcoming “Hairspray Live” has cast newcomer Maddie Baillio as the show’s lead role of Tracy Turnblad. Baillio, an accomplished singer and dancer from League City, Texas, with no professional theater experience, won the role at an open casting call attended by nearly 1,000 hopefuls. http://www.thewrap.com/nbcs-hairspray-live-adds-newcomer-maddie-baillio-in-lead-role/

Tom Riley To Topline ITV Encore Cop Drama Pilot ‘Wagstaffe’
Tom Riley is set to play the title role in another drama series project, Wagstaffe, a two-hour pilot for UK’s ITV Encore. Based on the books by crime author Adam Creed, the character-driven dark drama centers on the life and work of Will Wagstaffe (Riley) — a London detective who has suffered terrible personal tragedy with the murder of his parents — and his team. http://deadline.com/2016/06/tom-riley-star-wagstaffe-itv-encore-pilot-1201768622/

‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Lures Nicky Whelan & Maurice Compte For Season 3
Nicky Whelan and Maurice Comptehave joined the Season 3 cast of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Robert Rodriguez’s TV take on the cult 1996 film for his El Rey Network. http://deadline.com/2016/06/from-dusk-till-dawn-nicky-whelan-maurice-compte-cast-season-3-1201768527/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix Studied Your Binge-Watching Habit. That Didn’t Take Long.
Subscribers who finish the first season of a TV show generally wrap it up in a week, Netflix says. And those viewers are dedicating a significant part of their time to do it: They watch about two hours a day. Using median figures, the findings show that some shows are consumed quickly, while others are viewed at a slightly slower clip. The stuff viewers lap up? Horror and thrillers. The shows that take them slightly longer? Political dramas and sophisticated comedies. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/09/business/media/netflix-studied-your-binge-watching-habit-it-didnt-take-long.html

USA Today: Cutting the Cord: A streaming saturation point?
Spending on video-streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu is expected to be $6.62 billion this year, compared with $5.43 billion last year, according to Strategy Analytics. That’s a 22% increase, which sounds like a lot. However, last year’s increase was 29%. This is the first time that the year-to-year increase in consumer spending is lower than that of the previous year, the Boston-based research firm says, and it is projected to be the start of a trend. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2016/06/07/cutting-cord-streaming-saturation-point/85185318/

Snapchat User Base to Surpass Twitter, Pinterest in U.S. This Year
Snapchat is on pace to grow the number of U.S. active users a blistering 27% this year, to hit 58.6 million — topping Twitter and Pinterest for the first time, according to research firm eMarketer. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/snapchat-twitter-pinterest-us-users-2016-1201791237/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Whoopi Goldberg Extends Her Contract at ‘The View’
Whoopi Goldberg will be back as moderator of “The View” for the show’s 20th season in the fall. The Oscar-winning actress is on the verge of signing a one-year contract extending her time on the show through next summer. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/whoopi-goldberg-the-view-contract-1201790733/

‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ EP Meredith Bennett Exits
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbertexecutive producer Meredith Bennett has exited the CBS late-night show. Bennett’s departure comes two months after Chris Licht was named showrunner of “The Late Show,” a brand-new position overseeing all aspects of production on the show that premiered last September. http://www.thewrap.com/the-late-show-with-stephen-colbert-ep-meredith-bennett-departs/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Russell Peters, Frank Spotnitz Partner for ‘The Indian Detective’ Series
Canadian broadcaster CTV has given a series order to “The Indian Detective,” a comedic drama from Frank Spotnitz and comedian Russell Peters. The series will star Peters as a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents’ Indian homeland, and will begin shooting this fall in South Africa, Canada and India. Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, Wonder Films and CTV will produce the project, which is financed by Blue Ice Pictures and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/russell-peters-frank-spotnitz-indian-detective-series-1201790554/

CityTV orders two scripted originals
Bad Blood: The Vito Rizzuto Story
(6×60’) will debut on City and FX in the US in 2017 and was inspired by the life and death of reputed mobster Rizzuto. It will focus on the period after an incarcerated Rizzuto saw his empire dismantled and his closest friends and family members murdered. Second Jen (6×30’), meanwhile, is a coming-of-age comedy about two second-generation Chinese and Filipino-Canadian millennials and best friends experiencing all of life’s ‘firsts.’ Created by and starring Samantha Wan and Amanda Joy, the show will be produced by Don Ferguson Productions. http://www.c21media.net/citytv-orders-two-scripted-originals/

TWDC NEWS:

Disneyland to build new luxury hotel
Papers have been filed in Orange County, CA to start work on a new 700-room luxury hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The Orange County Register was the first to report that the hotel will be situated on 10 acres where the Downtown Disney short term parking lot currently exists. The hotel is targeted to open at some point in 2021. Design phases are underway and construction is expected to begin in 2018. http://thedisneyblog.com/2016/06/07/disneyland-build-new-luxury-hotel/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

ITV Studios Inks First Look Scripted TV Deal with Little Engine Productions
ITV Studios America and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked an overall first look programming development, production and distribution agreement with Little Engine Productions and its co-founders Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/itv-studios-deal-little-engine-productions-1201790980/

WGN America Elevates Jon Wax To EVP Original Programming
Following the breakout success of WGN America’s latest drama series Underground and Outsiders, the network has promoted head of scripted programming Jon Waxfrom SVP to EVP Original Programming at WGN America and Tribune Studios. He will continue to oversee all scripted development for the network and studio, reporting to Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios. http://deadline.com/2016/06/wgn-america-jon-wax-evp-original-programming-promotion-1201768704/

Nickelodeon President Russell Hicks Exits Post
The 18-year Nickelodeon vet is stepping down from his role at the Viacom-owned network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nickelodeon-president-russell-hicks-exits-900676

Kerry Trainor Steps Down as Vimeo CEO
Kerry Trainor, who has led a surge in growth at Vimeo as CEO for the last four years, is stepping down from the post — the latest in a string of high-level departures at the IAC-owned video site. IAC CEO Joey Levin will take over as interim Vimeo CEO while the search for a permanent replacement is conducted. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/kerry-trainor-vimeo-exit-1201790736/

Laura Black Dawson Exits MGM TV EVP Role; Shine’s Michael Minden JoinsMGM TelevisionEVP Business & Legal Affairs Laura Black Dawsonis leaving. It has hired Michael Minden, previously SVP Business Affairs and Head of Entertainment Legal at Endemol Shine North America and Shine America, to join as EVP Business and Legal Affairs, Scripted Television. Shelley Reid, EVP Business & Legal Affairs at MGM Television, will continue on in her role and report to Minden. http://deadline.com/2016/06/laura-black-dawson-leaving-mgm-tv-michael-minden-1201768650/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(podcast) John August: Television Economics for Dummies
Jonathan Groff — the Black-ish writer/producer, not the actor — joins John and Craig to explain the new vocabulary of television and why companies are all about ownership. http://johnaugust.com/2016/television-economics-for-dummies

Vox: Why is Hollywood so obsessed with men who grew up in the ’80s?
If you are a male child of the ’80s, this is a strange time to be going to the movies. A surprising number of weekends now see the release of films based on properties that were hot among the adolescent boy set during the Reagan era, or announcements of more in development. http://www.vox.com/2016/6/7/11861644/hollywood-stuck-1980s-ninja-turtles-out-of-the-shadows

(stage) Vulture: Here Are the Opening-Night Audience Reactions to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
After years of waiting, a new Harry Potter tale has finally made its public debut, as the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — which picks up 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows — opened in London’s West End Tuesday night. http://www.vulture.com/2016/06/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-the-reactions.html

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