The Morning Update for Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

TNT, TBS Partnering With Storytelling Platform Wattpad for TV Content
The Turner networks are tapping into the Canadian-based online publishing platform to adapt stories, starting with M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming ‘Tales from the Crypt’ block. Online publishing platform Wattpad is home to more than two million writers that create hundreds of millions of original stories. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tnt-tbs-partnering-storytelling-platform-902263

‘Idiotsitter’ gets a second season at Comedy Central
Comedy Central has renewed “Idiotsitter” for a second season. The series stars Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse as a wealthy heiress and her court-appointed guardian. Bell and Newhouse also serve as executive producers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/06/13/idiotsitter-gets-a-second-season-at-comedy-central/

(review) THR: ‘BrainDead’
The ‘Good Wife’ creators’ new CBS horror-comedy tries hard, but the laughs are rare. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/braindead-tv-review-901771

(review) Variety: ‘Animal Kingdom’

“Animal Kingdom” wants to jolt the viewer with bursts of intense energy, but in the end, it feels like a relic from cable TV’s semi-recent past. It’s certainly more challenging than TNT’s last few batches of procedurals, but it’s unlikely to be a game-changer. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/animal-kingdom-tv-review-1201790759/

(review) Variety: ‘Wrecked’
The problem isn’t that “Wrecked” is so obvious about the ways in which it attempts to pay tribute. Its downfall lies in the fact that very little of what transpires is funny. Goofing on “Lost’s” sillier aspects could have been part of “Wrecked’s” charm, but it needs its own reasons to exist, and none were discernible after watching four episodes. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/wrecked-tbs-tv-review-1201791571/

(preview) TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: Bull
The Tuesdays-at-9 scheduling is a no-brainer, as promos airing during NCIS surely will beckon those many millions of viewers to see what “DiNozzo” is now up to. With Scream Queens, the touchy-feely This Is Us and the romantic comedy No Tomorrow targeting different audiences, and ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. bumped to 10, it will be hard for this freshman drama to not to hit the ratings… Bull’s-eye. (Sorry. Unavoidable.) http://tvline.com/2016/06/13/bull-preview-pilot-cbs-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Godless’: Merritt Wever, Jeff Daniels, 2 Others Set For Netflix Limited Series
Merritt Wever(Nurse Jackie), Jeremy Bobb(The Knick) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster(The Maze Runner) have been cast in the Netflix limited period drama seriesGodless. Jeff Daniels(The Newsroom), who had been in talks for the series, also is now set, joining previously announced Jack O’Connell. Written, directed and executive produced by Scott Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. http://deadline.com/2016/06/godless-jeff-daniels-merritt-wever-jeremy-bobb-thomas-brodie-sanger-cast-netflix-1201771942/

‘MacGyver’: ‘Rush Hour’s Justin Hires Cast In CBS Series Reboot
Justin Hires, who toplined CBS’ series Rush Hour last season, is set to co-star opposite Lucas Till and George Eads in the network’s new fall series MacGyver. http://deadline.com/2016/06/macgyver-rush-hour-justin-hires-cast-cbs-series-reboot-1201771878/

Enrique Murciano To Star In TNT’s Modern-Day Civil War Drama Pilot ‘Civil’
Bloodline co-star Enrique Murcianohas booked a lead role in TNT’s modern-day Civil War pilot Civil. Written and executive produced by A Simple Plan scribe Scott Smith and directed by Allen Coulter, Civil threads ominously close to current events. It takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. http://deadline.com/2016/06/enrique-murciano-cast-tnt-civil-war-drama-pilot-civil-1201771979/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Go90 Picks Up Comedy Series ‘The 5th Quarter’ From OBB Pictures
Verizon’s Go90has given a straight-to-series order to OBB Pictures’ scripted sports comedy The 5th Quarter. The mockumentary series made in partnership with 3 Arts Entertainment and Kids at Play chronicles “the greatest untold and untrue stories in sports history” will get 12 episodes and is set to begin production this week with the series premiere slated for late 2016 on the streaming service. http://deadline.com/2016/06/the-5th-quarter-go90-obb-pictures-blake-griffin-1201771742/

Showtime Releases ‘Roadies’ Premiere Online For Non-Subscribers Ahead Of Series Debut
Ahead of next weekend’s series debut, Showtime has made the premiere episode of the Cameron Crowe-created comedy Roadies available to non-subscribers. The episode can be seen on Youtube, Facebook, Sho.com as well as multiple TV on demand services, and is available for download as a free video podcast from iTunes. http://deadline.com/2016/06/roadies-showtime-cameron-crowe-luke-wilson-carla-gugino-1201771839/

Fortune: How Netflix Became Hollywood’s Frenemy
Netflix has harnessed the shock waves of the broadband revolution, becoming simultaneously one of the top-performing tech ­companies—its stock rose 134% in 2015, the best return of any Fortune 500 member—and one of the world’s fastest-growing entertainment businesses. It’s spending $5 billion this year on television and film content, a spree that far outpaces its rivals—and underscores the pressure it’s exerting on those rivals to rethink the way they operate. http://fortune.com/netflix-versus-hollywood/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘The Fighting Season’ Sequel Set For Audience Network; First-Look Trailer Released
My Fighting Season, sequel to The Fighting Season, the next installment of Ricky Schroder’s war documentary series, is slated to premiere July 5 on AT&T’s Audience Network. The six-part docuseries follows U.S. Army soldiers fighting in Afghanistan from the unique perspective of their own cameras. http://deadline.com/2016/06/my-fighting-season-premiere-date-audience-network-trailer-1201771703/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘Carol’ and ‘Happy Valley’ Producers Teaming on ‘Portrait of a Lady’ TV Adaptation
Number 9 Films has revealed its first TV project. Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley’s London-based outfit is teaming up with long-established TV banner Red Production Company on an adaptation of Henry James’ 1881 novel Portrait of a Lady. The noted coming-of age-romance centers on Isabel Archer, who, after leaving America for Old World Europe, finds herself rejecting marriage proposals in favor of a life of independence. But when she inherits an unexpected fortune, Archer falls prey to two Machiavellian schemers and is lured into a marriage with unfortunate consequences. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/carol-happy-valley-producers-teaming-902563

TWDC NEWS:

Disney to Co-Produce Chinese Remake of Sandra Bullock’s ‘The Proposal’
The remake will be a co-production with Linmon Pictures, an ambitious upstart studio based in Shanghai. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-produce-chinese-remake-sandra-902554

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Fox EVP Greg Gelfan Out After More Than Two Decades
Executive vice president of 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Entertainment Group Greg Gelfan is stepping down at the end of the month after more than two decades at the studio. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/greg-gelfan-fox-stepping-down-1201794504/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Splitsider: How ABC Has Turned Inclusiveness Into Its Greatest Strength
While other networks struggle to find an identity that works, ABC has been quietly rebranding themselves, building a solid schedule of inclusive family shows. Look at any of the half-hour shows on their current schedule: nearly all of them feel like they belong there. When it comes to sitcoms, they have the most clearly defined “identity” right now. Having the confidence to try new things and tell more diverse stories has paid off. It’s given us breakout stars like Constance Wu (Fresh off the Boat) and Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals) and has effectively rebranded the network as a hub for smart family sitcoms. http://splitsider.com/2016/06/how-abc-has-turned-inclusiveness-into-its-greatest-strength/

Salon: The 6 most ludicrous myths TV perpetuates about class in America
The sphere of television, in particular, is now engaging in some prodded introspection about diversity, or lack thereof, both on screen and behind the lens. But such conversations shouldn’t be limited to race or gender. Class background, though not readily identifiable, is similarly formative. And television has been similarly irresponsible in its portrayal of class, often relying on a series of harmful and reductive tropes when exploring financial issues. http://www.salon.com/2016/06/12/tvs_most_ridiculous_money_myths_why_class_is_the_next_big_diversity_frontier/

Variety: Short Form Series Help Established Networks Grow Brands
Whether distributed on air, digitally, or across multiple platforms, both episodic and serialized short form series are helping networks stay flexible and relevant in the rapidly evolving entertainment landscape. http://variety.com/2016/tv/spotlight/robot-chicken-history-channel-adult-swim-bravo-oxygen-1201793233/

Variety: ‘American Crime’ Relocating Production to L.A.
The California Film Commission also announced that the series “Citizen” (Paramount Television), “Famous in Love” (Horizon), “Pitch” (Twentieth Century Fox), “Pure Genius” (Universal), “Rebel” (MarVista Entertainment) and “This is Us” (Twentieth Century Fox) obtained credits in the latest round. All are first season shows that were picked up from pilots that received a previous credit. “Code Black” (ABC Studios), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CBS Studios), “Rosewood” (Twentieth Century Fox) and “Veep” (Second in Command Prods.) will also receive credits. They are recurring series that received previous allocations. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/american-crime-tax-credit-california-film-commission-1201794430/

(tech) Variety: Apple TV Gets Sling TV App, Single Sign-On Functionality for TV Everywhere
Dish’s Sling TV launched on the latest Apple TV hardware on Monday. Another major update to Apple TV will make it easier to use authenticated “TV Everywhere” services like HBO Go, Watch ABC and Showtime Anytime. Users will be able to sign into their pay TV provider account once, and all available TV Everywhere apps will automatically sign in as well, doing away with the need to sign into every single app separately. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/apple-tv-new-apps-1201794386/

(tech) Variety: E3: Sony PlayStation VR to Arrive On October 13
Sony’s PlayStation VR headset now has an official release date: The virtual reality device is going to be available to consumers starting on October 13 this year. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/sony-playstation-vr-october-13-1201794921/

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