The Morning Update for Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 16, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Turner’s Super Deluxe Developing Edgy TV Comedies With Stephen Gaghan, Other Partners
Super Deluxe, the digital content studio Turner quietly revived last year, is also planning to produce half-hour comedies for TV networks or subscription VOD services. Super Deluxe has teamed with writer-director Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana,” “Traffic”) as an ongoing executive producer, and signed a development and production agreement with Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Dave Kneebone. Super Deluxe has more than 25 long-form series in development. The exec declined to identify the shows except for one: half-hour series “Magic Funhouse,” a show for adult audiences that goes behind the scenes at a fictional kid’s TV show, created and written by YouTube creator Brandon Rogers. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/super-deluxe-stephen-gaghan-tv-comedies-turner-1201796028/

‘Stuck In The Middle’ Renewed For Season 2 On Disney Channel
Following a strong start, Disney Channel’s new comedy series Stuck in the Middlehas received an early second-season renewal. It comes 11 episodes into the single-camera comedy’s 20-episode first season. Production on Season 2 begins in the fall. http://deadline.com/2016/06/stuck-in-the-middle-renewed-season-2-disney-channel-jenna-ortega-1201773405/

(sched) NBC fall TV 2016 premiere dates: ‘This Is Us’ and ‘The Good Place’ get ‘Voice’ previews, ‘Chicago Fire’ waits a bit
NBC is the first broadcast network out of the gate with its fall 2016 premiere dates, and it’s a pretty traditional rollout. All but a handful of shows will debut in the first week of the Nielsen-measured season, which starts Sept. 19. “Blindspot” will open its second season on Sept. 14 following the finale of “America’s Got Talent,” and new show “Timeless” and veteran “Chicago Fire” will wait until early and mid-October. Two new series, drama “This Is Us” and comedy “The Good Place,” will get previews following “The Voice” on Sept. 19 and 20. “The Good Place” will debut in its regular Thursday home Sept. 22, while “This Is Us” airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays for three weeks before moving back to 9 when “Chicago Fire” joins the schedule. “Grimm” isn’t on the fall schedule at the moment; in recent years it has premiered in late October. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/06/15/nbc-fall-tv-2016-premiere-dates-this-is-us-and-the-good-place-get-voice-previews-chicago-fire-waits-a-bit/

(preview) TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: Designated Survivor
This pilot is loaded with promise, laying the foundation for the engaging, sometimes Dave-like story of a Regular-ish Joe learning the ropes as leader of the free world. Yes, Sutherland’s 24 legacy will have you wishing he’d just pistol-whip the condescending Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but it also imbues Kirkman with an instant root-for quality. Side note: If Episode 2 doesn’t pick up precisely where the pilot leaves off, I will throw things. http://tvline.com/2016/06/15/designated-survivor-preview-pilot-abc-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn Is Heading to Shades of Blue
Anna Gunn has landed the recurring role of a former police officer who was a member of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) group of dirty cops and was once a protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta). http://www.tvguide.com/news/anna-gunn-shades-of-blue-season-2/

‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’: Nick Zano Joins As New Hero With Steel Pedigree
Nick Zanois joining the cast of the CW’s superhero drama series DC’S Legends of Tomorrow as a new series regular for Season 2. http://deadline.com/2016/06/nick-zano-dcs-legends-of-tomorrow-season-2-steel-nate-heywood-1201773397/

‘American Gods’ Adds Orlando Jones to Cast
Orlando Jones has joined the cast of the upcoming Starz original series “American Gods.” Jones has been cast as Mr. Nancy, and African trickster god also known as Anansi. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/american-gods-cast-orlando-jones-1201796219/

Bradley Whitford To Star In TNT’s Modern-Day Civil War Drama Pilot ‘Civil’
Emmy winner Bradley Whitford is set as a lead opposite Enrique Murciano in TNT‘s modern-day Civil War pilot Civil. The network, meanwhile, also announced that Courtney B. Vance and Toby Jones have joined the cast. http://deadline.com/2016/06/bradley-whitford-star-civil-tnt-pilot-1201773132/

Dwight Yoakam Joins David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama Series ‘Goliath; Harold Perrineau Also Cast
Multi-platinum recording artist and actor Dwight Yoakamhas been cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s upcoming original drama Goliath(formerly Trial), from executive producer David E. Kelley. Also joining the cast is Harold Perrineau. http://deadline.com/2016/06/dwight-yoakam-cast-david-e-kelley-amazon-drama-series-goliath-harold-perrineau-1201773143/

‘Blood Drive’: Christina Ochoa To Star In Syfy Grindhouse Series
Spanish actress Christina Ochoa(Animal Kingdom) is set as the female lead opposite Alan Ritchson in Blood Drive, Syfy‘s 13-episode straight-to-series, grindhouse cinema-inspired drama. http://deadline.com/2016/06/blood-drive-christina-ochoa-cast-syfy-grindhouse-series-1201773189/

Vine Star Alphonso McAuley Cast In ‘Girlboss’ Netflix Comedy Series
Comedian and actor Alphonso McAuley(Walk of Shame, The Middle) has been cast as a series regular opposite Britt Robertson in Girlboss,Netflix‘s 13-episode comedy series inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s popular autobiography. http://deadline.com/2016/06/vine-star-alphonso-mcauley-cast-girlboss-netflix-comedy-series-britt-robertson-1201773172/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(stage) She Loves Me Will Be the First Broadway Show to Be Livestreamed, in Case She Doesn’t Love Being There in Person
BroadwayHD.com will livestream a performance of the Roundabout Theater Company’s She Loves Me on June 30. She Loves Me stars Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel, and Zachary Levi; after being nominated for eight Tony Awards, the limited-run show is set to close on July 10. Before it does, though, it’ll be filmed with ten or more cameras, and the stream will cost just $9.99. http://www.vulture.com/2016/06/she-loves-me-to-will-be-livestreamed.html

(animated) Hulu debuts lesbian fairytale toon
Hulu has been praised by sections of the media for premiering an animated short that normalises LGBT relationships for kids. Rosaline arrived in the children’s section of Hulu last week and puts a twist on traditional fairytale tropes by incorporating LGBT themes into its story. The five-minute short follows a girl whose journey through the woods to find her female sweetheart sees her encounter a witch, a wolf and a fairy godmother intent on setting her up with a prince. http://www.c21media.net/hulu-debuts-lesbian-fairytale-toon/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Netflix Inks Exclusive Licensing Pact With Colombia’s Caracol TV
Colombia’s Caracol TV and Netflix have inked an exclusive licensing pact for a couple of new series produced by Caracol. In this landmark deal, Netflix has the exclusive first window and SVOD rights to the Colombian broadcaster’s series “Surviving Pablo Escobar” (aka “Popeye”) and “La Nina.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/netflix-colombia-caracol-tv-la-nina-1201796168/

TWDC NEWS:

(video) Watch the dedication ceremony for Shanghai Disney Resort
After five years of construction, $5.5 billion in spending and a month of testing to work out the kinks, Shanghai Disney Resort opened to the public just before noon, Shanghai time, on Thursday, June 16. Shanghai Disneyland features six themed areas, two hotels, a shopping district and 99 acres of gardens, lakes and parkland.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQLB3Rxhcyw

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Imagine Appoints Former TWC Exec Julie Oh To Vice President
Imagine Entertainmenthas bolstered its presence in New York, hiring Julie Ohto be vice president. She reports to president Erica Huggins, who wanted an exec to connect with the theater writers and London talent that can transition to film and TV. http://deadline.com/2016/06/julie-oh-imagine-entertainment-ron-howard-brian-grazer-1201773331/

Ronna Kress to Head Casting at Fox Film
Veteran casting director Ronna Kress has been named executive VP of casting for Twentieth Century Fox Film. Kress will report directly to Emma Watts, president of production. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/ronna-kress-casting-fox-film-1201796147/

Sony Taps Disney’s Stephanie Cohen for Promotional Post
Former Disney and Marvel executive Stephanie Cohen will join the promotions team as senior VP of national promotions for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. Cohen will report to Jeffrey Godsick who recently joined the studio as executive VP of worldwide partnerships. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/sony-disney-stephanie-cohen-promotional-1201796187/

Bravo & Oxygen Media Ups Ryan Pinette To SVP Production & Operations
Ryan Pinettehas been promoted to SVP Production and Operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Based in Los Angeles, Pinette – who will continue to report to O’Connell – will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo. http://deadline.com/2016/06/ryan-pinette-bravo-oxygen-media-1201772955/

Nicholas Sparks Productions Shuts Down
Nicholas Sparks Productions, the romantic novelist’s four-year-old film and television production company, is closing down, a spokeswoman for Sparks confirmed. The company, which was based on the Warner Bros. lot, was set up to adapt movies and TV programming from Sparks’ novels. Sparks headed the company with longtime publishing agent and creative collaborator Theresa Park. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/nicholas-sparks-productions-closed-1201796059/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Vulture: What 137 Culturati Loved in TV Comedy This Year
One person’s punch line is another’s sucker punch — comedy is perhaps the most personal cultural form. Then there’s the complicating notion that on TV lately a lot of ostensible comedies aren’t even trying for laughs. But despite the fact that comedy is increasingly hard to pin down, here’s what 137 performers, writers, producers, and executives deemed TV’s best. http://www.vulture.com/2016/06/tv-comedy-culturati-caucus-2016.html

Variety: TV’s ‘Upfront’ Ad-Sales Talks Start To Heat Up
While all the TV companies are believed to be in active negotiations with advertisers, NBCUniversal and CBS are said to have begun securing advance advertising commitments as part of this annual haggle for commercial time on TV, according to people familiar with the situation. CBS’s sales effort is in its early stages, one of these people said, while NBCU has been selling both cable and broadcast. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/2016-tv-upfront-advertising-nbcuniversal-cbs-1201796454/

Atlantic: How Mobile Today Is Like TV Six Decades Ago
In the early 1950s, television was popular, but unsophisticated. …Revenue from ads increased more than 60 percent a year for the first five years of the decade, so that by 1955, television accounted for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. media advertising. This year, mobile media accounts for the exact same share, nearly 20 percent of total U.S. media spending. So, in a very real way, mobile is today where television was exactly six decades ago. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/mobile-is-eating-everything/487148/

LAT: In Hollywood, diversity tends to ignore the disabled
Diversity has been the talk of Hollywood, but for the most part, the conversation has centered mostly on race and gender. Some have brought in issues of sexuality, but many feel the discussion should expand to include the disabled. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-hollywood-diversity-disabled-20160610-snap-story.html

Deadline: FilmL.A. Reports Mixed Bag For Local Film & TV Production
Los Angeles-based on-location TV production increased 9.5% last year to 15,706 shoot days, and is up 39% since 2011. Production spending on TV pilots – the incubator of series television – has been in sharp decline in recent years, however. In 2012, 46% of all production spending on pilots was spent in Los Angeles; last year, it was only 31%, though that was a slight improvement from 2014, when it fell to only 30%. During the 2014-2015 development cycle, 91 television pilots were filmed on Los Angeles streets and stages. New York was a distant second, with 25 pilots; followed by Vancouver, with 16; Atlanta and Toronto, with nine each; and Louisiana, with eight. http://deadline.com/2016/06/los-angeles-film-tv-production-2015-reports-mixed-bag-filmla-1201773518/

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