The Morning Update for Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 9, 2016:


National Lampoon Scripted Series Inspired by Feature Film Documentary in the Works
‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ is inspired by History Films’ documentary feature about the story of National Lampoon and hails from A+E Studios.

Cristin Milioti, Nina Pedrad to Write, Star in FX Comedy Pilot
‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s’ Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton will also exec produce. The half-hour comedy project follows Maxine, her best friends Natalie and Amy, and stepbrother Landis as they navigate the abject shit-storm that is adulthood.

‘You Me Her’ Renewed for Seasons 2 and 3 by AT&T
Polyromantic comedy “You Me Her” has been renewed for Season 2 and Season 3 on AT&T and DirecTV’s Audience network, it was announced Thursday. Each new season will consist of 10 episodes. The series stars Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia.

Variety: Broadcast Networks Re-Commit To Comedy In Hopes Of Finding Next Big Hit
With a dozen network comedies cancelled this past season, it’s no secret that broadcast is struggling to find a big hit. But take one quick glance at the fall schedule, and this year’s secret is out: comedy is on trend.


Gino Anthony Pesi Upped To Series Regular On ‘Shades Of Blue’
You’ll be seeing a lot more of ADA James Nava when Shades Of Bluereturns for its second season: Gino Anthony Pesihas been bumped up to series regular on the NBCcrime drama.

Alan Ritchson To Star In Syfy Grindhouse Series ‘Blood Drive’
Alan Ritchson(The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) has been cast as the male lead in Blood Drive, Syfy’s 13-episode straight-to-series, grindhouse cinema-inspired drama. The series, from Universal Cable Prods. and executive producers John Hlavinand David Straiton, who will also direct, was created by James Roland who penned the pilot under Hlavin’s supervision.

‘Criminal Minds’ Enlists Adam Rodriguez as Season 12 Regular
Helping to fill the void created by Shemar Moore’s decision to exit the CBS procedural.


Skydance Reunites ‘Apollo 13’ Team For Neal Stephenson Sci-Fi Novel ‘Seveneves’
Skydancehas set the Apollo 13 team of writer Bill Broyles, director Ron Howardand producer Brian Grazer for an adaptation of bestselling author Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi novel Seveneves. Grazer and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is producing the ambitious adaptation. The 2015 book centers on a catastrophic event that renders Earth a ticking time bomb, and nations band together to devise a plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space.


Netflix Joins ‘The Last Kingdom’ As Co-Producer Of Historical Epic’s Season 2
With shooting just begun on the second season of historical drama The Last Kingdom, Netflixhas joined the series as co-producer and will air it next year in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and Portugal. BBC America, which broadcast the first season Stateside in 2015, is no longer involved.

Amazon’s ‘Just Add Magic’ Renewed For Season 2
Amazonhas renewed its original live-action kids series Just Add Magicfor Season 2.


Paul Telegdy & Meredith Ahr Extend NBC Contracts, To Launch Alternative Studio
NBC’s head of alternative Paul Telegdyand his top lieutenant Meredith Ahrhave extended their contracts. They have gotten new titles — Telegdy has been named President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment; Ahr — President of Universal Television Alternative Studio — as the two will focus on the building a big-scale studio to supply unscripted shows to NBC as well as other broadcast and cable networks.

‘The Dr. Oz Show’ Renewed for Season 10The pickup will keep the talk show starring Dr. Mehmet Oz on the air through 2019.

Oxygen Greenlights Four New Original Series
The new series unveiled today include Three Days To Live. The docu-series chronicles the critical 72 hours after someone is abducted. Also greenlighted are the millennial-focused competition series Last Squad Standing and The Battle Of The Ex Besties, which will test how far women will go to protect their friendships; and Unprotected, a docu-comedy featuring a family raising two teenagers under very different conditions — in and out of the witness protection program.


THR: Why Foreign Buyers Are Loving Reboots: ‘Empire’ Was a "Waste of Money"
American diversity plays haven’t fared well overseas as shoppers from around the globe hope there’s an ‘NCIS’ or ‘CSI’ buried somewhere among the U.S. studios’ new offerings.

Amazon bags first French dramas
Amazon Prime Video
has acquired French dramas for the first time, as speculation over an international SVOD launch grows.The platform has bought The Bureau, which comes from Federation Entertainment and The Oligarchs Productions, and Baron Noir, which Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon created.This comes soon after the European Commission indicated plans to force SVOD platforms such as Amazon and Netflix to ensure 20% of their catalogue is European.

CraveTV adds new US dramas
CraveTV, the streaming service from Canada-based broadcaster Bell Media, has acquired the exclusive SVoD rights to five new US broadcast dramas. Among those picked up are the Kiefer Sutherland-starring political thriller Designated Survivor, from Entertainment One (eOne), and legal drama Conviction, also sold by eOne. These will be joined by criminal law and media drama Notorious, which comes from Sony Pictures Television; Training Day, based on the feature film of the same name; and romantic drama Time After Time.


(sched) (animated) Disney Readies Debut of Its New Latina Princess, ‘Elena of Avalor’
Walt Disney is gearing up for a lavish coronation for a princess that few people have seen or heard. When Elena of Avalor surfaces on Disney Channel at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22, in a one-hour special.

Iger, Disney to produce movies in China within a year
Iger says that Disney is preparing to make branded films in China with the first one starting production within a year. Disney sees China’s film market continuing to grow to the point where it will soon be the world’s largest film market.


Blair Rich Promoted to President Of Worldwide Marketing For Warner Bros. Pictures
Blair Richhas been upped to President of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures from executive VP.


Variety: Showrunners for New TV Season Remain Mostly White and Male
Despite the success of series like “Black-ish,” “Empire,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” the broadcast networks’ push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17 season reveals that 90% of showrunners are white, and almost 80% are male.

AdAge: Must-Flee TV: Movie Dollars High-Tail It Out of Thursday Nights
Over the course of the 35-week TV campaign, four of the top five studios (Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate) devoted the lion’s share of their TV budgets to Sunday prime. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Open Road Pictures targeted Monday prime as their primary window; all told, the top 10 studio spenders generally ranked Thursday as their third most-targeted night behind Sunday and Monday.

The Ringer: The Future of TelevisionSomething will replace television, in the same way television replaced radio: through the process of addition. TV took the audio of radio and added visual images. The next tier of innovation will affix a third component, and that new component will make the previous iteration obsolete. I have no idea what that third element will be. But whatever it is will result in a chronological “freezing” of TV culture.