The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 15, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ To Return For Season 9 On HBO
After a five-year hiatus, Larry David has agreed to do another installment of his signature HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Asked why he decided to come back, David said, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’” http://deadline.com/2016/06/curb-your-enthusiasm-renewed-season-9-hbo-1201772412/

‘Younger’ Renewed for Season 4 Ahead of Season 3 Premiere
TV Land has renewed “Younger” for Season 4. The comedy has been picked up for a 12-episode fourth season. Season 3 will premiere on Wednesday, September 28th at 10 p.m., followed by the season 2 premiere of “Impastor.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/younger-season-4-renewed-season-3-premiere-date-1201795424/

Mindy Kaling Inks Multi-Year Deal with Universal TV
Mindy Kaling has inked a multi-year deal with Universal TV for acting, producing and writing. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/mindy-kaling-universal-television-deal-1201794992/

‘CSI: NY’ Alum Trey Callaway Named Co-Showrunner of Fox’s ‘APB’ with Matt Nix
Trey Callaway has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, and will join Fox’s upcoming drama “APB” as co-showrunner and exec producer. In addition to joining “APB,” on which he’ll share showrunner duties with Matt Nix, under the new pact, Callaway will develop new projects with the studio for network, cable. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/trey-callaway-apb-fox-co-showrunner-1201794877/

Scott Ellis Set as Director for NBC’s ‘A Few Good Men’ Live Play, Aaron Sorkin Discusses Casting & More
Scott Ellis has been tapped to direct NBC’s upcoming live adaptation of “A Few Good Men.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/a-few-good-men-nbc-live-director-scott-ellis-1201795308/

(preview) TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: Timeless
Versus ABC’s midseason entry Time After Time (which adopts a wink-winkier, Sleepy Hollow feel) or The CW’s superhero-charged Legends of Tomorrow, Timeless makes clear that it will have some fun with the “butterfly effect” by assigning curious (and/or soul-crushing) consequences to the team’s actions. http://tvline.com/2016/06/14/timeless-preview-pilot-nbc-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

‘MadTV’: Jeremy Howard & Adam Ray Cast In The CW Revival
Jeremy Howard (CBS Diversity Showcase) and Adam Ray (The Heat, Spy) are among new cast members set for the CW’s revival of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series MadTV. http://deadline.com/2016/06/madtv-jeremy-howard-adam-ray-cast-the-cw-revival-1201773128/

‘Hamilton’ star Lin-Manuel Miranda to appear in Hulu’s ‘Difficult People’
Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda is also taking on a new role as himself in Season 2 of Hulu’s Difficult People. The show, executive produced by Amy Poehler, follows struggling comedian Billy Epstein (Billy Eichner) and his friend Julie (played by show creator and writer Julie Klausner) in New York City. Miranda’s role is reportedly based on an incident in Klausner’s real life: She was scammed out of tickets to the hit Broadway show. http://mashable.com/2016/06/14/lin-manuel-miranda-hulu-difficult-people-season-2/

Joel McHale and Sarah Hyland Cast in Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’
“Community” alum Joel McHale and “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series “Dimension 404.”http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/dimension-404-cast-joel-mchale-sarah-hyland-hulu-1201795310/

FEATURE NEWS:

Craig Gillespie to Direct Margot Robbie in Tonya Harding Biopic
Robbie also is set to produce the project under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/craig-gillespie-direct-margot-robbie-902768

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Roots’ to Stream Exclusively on Hulu
The streamer has inked an exclusive deal with A+E Networks to acquire the rights to the eight-hour series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/roots-stream-exclusively-hulu-902519

Netflix Will Stream Ricky Gervais’ The Office Spin-Off Film
Ricky Gervaisannounced that his film David Brent: Life on the Roada spin-off of The Office–would stream exclusively on Netflix in the United States. The movie catches up with Brent years after the series’ end, trying to make it as a musician. http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-office-spinoff-ricky-gervais-netflix/

Netflix Picks Up Detective Comedy Film ‘Handsome’, Jeff Garlin Stars & Directs
Netflix has acquired the film Handsome, directed by and starring actor-comedian Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs). The Columbo-style mystery comedy, written by Garlin and Andrea Seigel (Laggies) centers on L.A. homicide detective Gene Handsome (Garlin) who tries to make sense of his life as he solves crime. He’s really good at one of those. http://deadline.com/2016/06/netflix-handsome-jeff-garlin-star-direct-netflix-comedy-film-1201772458/

TWDC NEWS:

(animated) Disney Junior’s ‘PJ Masks’ to Get Second Season
Entertainment One has greenlit more episodes of the preschool animated superhero TV show. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-juniors-pj-masks-get-903016

Disney World Closes Beaches In Wake Of Alligator Attack
Disney World is closing its beaches, ferry boats and marinas "out of an abundance of caution" the company said Wednesday after an alligator attacked a two-year-old last night near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The alligator dragged a child who was wading in a “no swimming” area at the Seven Seas Lagoon into the water. http://deadline.com/2016/06/disney-world-closes-beaches-following-alligator-attack-1201773086/

Disney Donates $1 Million to Orlando Shooting Victims
Disney has donated $1 million to a fund established by the mayor of Orlando, Fla., to aid those affected by the mass shooting in the city. The entertainment conglomerate announced the cash donation the OneOrlando Fund Tuesday and said it would match additional donations from Disney employees, dollar for dollar. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/disney-donates-1-million-to-orlando-shooting-victims-1201795387/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

NBC Promotes George Cheeks to Head of Late Night
NBC has promoted George Cheeks to President of Business Affairs and Late Night Programming, the network announced Tuesday. Cheeks has served as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Late Night at NBC since 2014, having joined the company in 2012. http://www.thewrap.com/nbc-promotes-george-cheeks-to-head-of-late-night/

20th Century Fox TV Hires Joshua Sussman As SVP Business Affairs
Electus’ head of business and legal affairs Joshua Sussman has joined 20th Century Fox TV as SVP, Business Affairs. In this role, Sussman will negotiate and oversee network license and above-the-line talent deals for the development, production and distribution of prime time network television series. He will report to Howard Kurtzman, the studio’s President of Business Operations. http://deadline.com/2016/06/20th-century-fox-tv-joshua-sussman-svp-business-affairs-1201772554/

CBS Interactive Lifts Susan Lundgren To SVP, Communications
Promotions are in the air at CBS Interactive. The company announced today that Susan Lundgren was lifted from VP to SVP of Communications. http://deadline.com/2016/06/cbs-promote-susan-lundgren-1201772419/

MTV Reality Chief Lauren Dolgen to Step Down
MTV’s head of reality programming, Lauren Dolgen, is leaving the company after almost two decades. Dolgen currently serves as head of reality programming and executive vice president of series development, a position she stepped into last year after serving as head of West Coast reality. http://www.thewrap.com/mtv-reality-chief-lauren-dolgen-to-step-down/

(q&a) AdWeek: Why CMT Picked Up Nashville From ABC, and When the Show Could Debut
"It’s been a good week," said CMT president Brian Philips, who spoke with Adweek about how the deal happened and why the Season 5 premiere might air on more than one Viacom network.

Q: Much of the cast is in long-term deals, but did you check with them to see if they were still on board with the move to CMT?

Chip Esten [who plays Deacon] is a constant go-to guy for CMT. He’s always there when you need him for something. We have great relations with the talent on the show, including the people who came out and made the announcement with us on Friday: Chris Carmack [who plays Will] and Clare Bowen [who plays Scarlett] along with [Esten].

Q: How about Connie Britton?

She said some great things on Entertainment Tonight down in Texas. Although she wasn’t here the day of announcement, she was very positive in her remarks. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/why-cmt-picked-nashville-abc-and-when-show-could-debut-171989

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: TV Comedy Writers Find Gags That Make Viewers Sweat
Addiction, police brutality, gender discrimination, and racism are hardly issues that, on their surface, are particularly amusing for those facing them. And yet, some of this year’s funniest TV comedies are making topical issues exactly that — a laughing matter. “I really believe that comedy allows a lot of entry points for conversation,” says “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who frequently tackles race and cultural issues on his ABC sitcom. “If you get people laughing, you can talk about almost anything.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/spotlight/tv-comedy-writers-black-ish-transparent-veep-1201794465/

AdAge: Hollywood Taking Cues From Twittersphere for Next Big Hit
Your Facebook posts and tweets may contain hidden creativity. In fact, they could be helping to write the next Hollywood blockbuster. As once-monolithic television audiences splinter and migrate to the internet, viewers have unwittingly turned the creative process upside down. Their social media posts, blogs and file downloads are telling streaming companies and producers what actors, writers and themes to weave together on-screen for the best chance of bottom-line success. http://adage.com/article/media/hollywood-taking-cues-twittersphere-big-hit/304503/

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