The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 22, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Archer’ Renewed for 3 More Seasons at FX
The pickup keeps the animated comedy on the air through season 10 as FX also signs Floyd County Productions to an overall deal. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/archer-renewed-3-more-seasons-905051

‘Life in Pieces’ Creator Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV
Justin Adler will create and develop new projects for the studio. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/life-pieces-creator-inks-deal-905014

Upright Citizens Brigade Inks First-Look Deal With UCP
The famed comedy troupe has five projects in development at the studio, including one hosted by ‘SNL’ alum Horatio Sanz. Through the pact, UCP will provide resources and support to develop UCB productions into scripted programming for NBCUniversal Entertainment’s various cable networks, which include USA, Syfy, E! and Bravo. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/upright-citizens-brigade-deal-ucp-905029

‘X-Men’ Scribe David Hayter Boards TV Adaptation ‘ReincarNATE’ as Head Writer
X-Men writer David Hayter has been tapped to write the comic book-to-TV adaptation of ReincarNATE. Hayter will serve as head writer and executive producer of the hour-long supernatural crime drama. Based on the popular comic books by Michael Moreci and illustrator Keith Burns, ReincarNATE portrays a down-on-his-luck private eye, Nate McCoy. After being shot in the head during an investigation, McCoy finds he can interact with versions of himself from past lives, including a Wild West lawman and a sultry 1960s female contract killer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/x-men-scribe-david-hayter-905412

(sched) CBS Staggers Fall Premieres Over 7 Weeks, JonBenét Ramsey Mini Bows Against Emmys
Six-parter ‘Case Closed’ debuts on a difficult night, while many comedies hold until after ‘Thursday Night Football.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-staggers-fall-premieres-7-905046

(review) Variety: ‘Queen of the South’
“Queen of the South” is more interested in being torrid and splashy than it is in offering the narrative gymnastics of a “Mr. Robot” or the ripped-from-the-headlines verisimilitude of “Narcos.” Rather, winning at the narcotics game seems to be enough for both the show and its heroine. But Alice Braga is riveting as Teresa — believable and empathetic in a way that the rest of the cast isn’t, quite yet. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/queen-of-the-south-review-usa-1201799562/

(ratings) SpottedRatings: A18-49+ Update: The Network Race in 2015-16
Using only original, non-sports series, NBC barely eked out the season title, 102.59 to 102.14 over CBS. It’s NBC’s first season win since the final season of Friends in 2003-04. It also means that all four members of the big four have won the season within the last five years. But it’s worth a reminder that all these networks are historically close together. There’s a tendency (like with journalists at the press tour) to treat the first-place network like geniuses and the fourth-place one like utter morons, but we’re talking about a seven-point difference from top to bottom here. And nowadays, seven points in Plus is like a tenth of a ratings point. This was even more of a convergence than the last couple years, as NBC was the weakest first-place network in the era and ABC the strongest fourth-place. Clearly, nobody is even remotely on the dominance level of NBC during the Must See TV years, or Fox during the peak American Idol years. On the other hand, even if you think the league average is declining more than it should be, it’d be hard to argue any of these networks are in as bad a condition as NBC circa 2011. http://www.spottedratings.com/2016/06/a18-49-update-network-race-in-2015-16.html

CASTING NEWS:

‘Supergirl’: Wonder Woman Lynda Carter to Play President
The actress will have a recurring role on the sophomore season of the CBS-turned-CW series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/supergirl-wonder-woman-lynda-carter-905167

TNT Drama Pilot ‘Civil’ Enlists Eliza Coupe
The ‘Happy Endings’ alum will guest-star in the pilot episode as a cable news correspondent. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tnt-drama-civil-eliza-coupe-904945

Tricia Helfer To Play Lucifer’s Mom On Fox Series
Battlestar Galactica
alumna Tricia Helfer has been cast as the devil’s Mom, teased in the Season 2 finale, and she is a handful. http://deadline.com/2016/06/tricia-helfer-cast-lucifer-mom-fox-series-1201776563/

Kristin Chenoweth Joins NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’
She’ll play Velma Von Tussle in the NBC musical. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kristin-chenoweth-joins-nbcs-hairspray-905011

‘Too Close To Home’: Tyler Perry TLC Drama Series Sets Cast; Heather Locklear To Guest Star
TLC has set the cast for its first scripted drama series, Too Close to Home, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. Production began this week at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the premiere is slated for later this summer. Danielle Savrewill star as Anna, while Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join as guest stars. Cast in other leading roles are Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith. http://deadline.com/2016/06/too-close-to-home-tyler-perry-tlc-drama-series-cast-heather-locklear-1201776186/

Merritt Patterson Joins ‘The Art Of More’ Season 2 Cast
Merritt Patterson has signed on to the second season cast of Crackle‘s hourlong drama series The Art of More, joining stars Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke. http://deadline.com/2016/06/merritt-patterson-the-art-of-more-season-2-cast-1201776303/

Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards Join Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’
Sterling Beaumon also has boarded the individual episodic anthology from Freddie Wong. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/patton-oswalt-ashley-rickards-join-905039

‘Gotham’ Casts New Poison Ivy for Season 3
“Gotham” has found its new Poison Ivy in actress Maggie Geha, who joins Season 3 of the Fox superhero drama in a series regular capacity. http://www.thewrap.com/gotham-casts-new-poison-ivy-for-season-3/

New ABC Series ‘Conviction’ Recasts Role
Daniel DiTomassohas exited Conviction, ABC’s upcoming drama series from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, which is slated to debut this fall. Initially conceived as a guest star, the role was upgraded to a series regular in the pilot and cast with DiTomasso. The character now has been taken in a different direction. http://deadline.com/2016/06/conviction-abc-series-daniel-ditomasso-recast-1201776955/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Tumblr Is Getting Into Live Video, But It’s Completely Different Than Facebook or Periscope
Yahoo-owned Tumblr wants in on livestreaming, and it’s taking a different route than Facebook or Twitter’s Periscope app. The site is launching a live video feature that will let content creators and brands push their clips to Tumblr. Tumblr is also working with a handful of publishers like MTV, The Huffington Post, Mashable and Refinery29 to help livestream their events and content. http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/tumblr-getting-live-video-its-completely-different-facebook-or-periscope-172118

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Bachelor’ Spinoff ‘Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After’ Ordered by Freeform
Freeform has ordered a “Bachelor” spinoff starring the ABC series’ most-recently engaged couple, Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell. “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After” will follow the pair as they prepare for their wedding. Freeform said Ben will explore getting involved in the political realm and Lauren will try and establish her post-“Bachelor” life. http://www.thewrap.com/bachelor-ben-lauren-spinoff-ordered-by-freeform/

Nashville After Show Eyed at CMT
CMT is really, really excited about its Nashville acquisition — so much so that the cable network is already plotting a companion series. In an interview, CMT’s head of of development Jayson Dinsmore revealed that the ex-ABC drama may get its very own after show. http://tvline.com/2016/06/21/nashville-season-5-after-show-cmt-spinoff/

Discovery’s Shark Week Takes Its First Dive Into Virtual Reality
The rollout will include behind-the-scenes footage of some of the shoots, as well as a look at Sony’s ‘The Shallows.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/shark-week-gets-virtual-reality-904335

Vice Media’s Viceland To Launch In More Than 50 New Countries
Shane Smith’s burgeoning media empire Vice Mediahas launched into more than 50 new countries. The digital news and entertainment platform and content generator has struck a host of distribution deals including the Middle East, Africa, India and south-east Asia. http://deadline.com/2016/06/vice-media-launches-in-more-than-50-new-countries-1201777144/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

HBO Comedy Executive to Head Development at Amazon
Nick Hall will serve as the head of development for half-hour series, reporting to Joe Lewis. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-comedy-executive-head-development-905043

Starz Promotes Jeffrey Hirsch To COO And David Weil To Chief Legal Officer
Starzhas a few big changes in its C-suite: Jeffrey Hirsch was just named COO, a little less than a year after he moved from Time Warner Cable to become President of Global Marketing and Product Planning. In addition, David Weil was promoted to Chief Legal Officer from General Counsel. Both will report to CEO Chris Albrecht. http://deadline.com/2016/06/starz-promotes-jeffrey-hirsch-coo-david-weil-chief-legal-officer-1201776659/

Emmys: Anthony Anderson & Lauren Graham To Announce Nominations
Black-ish patriarch Anthony Andersonand once-and-future Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham are set to announce the nominees for the 68th annual Emmy Awards next month. The pair and TV Academy Chairman-CEO Bruce Rosenblum will reveal the list starting at 8:30 am PT on July 14 the Wolf Theatre at the Academy’s spankin’-new Saban Media Center. http://deadline.com/2016/06/emmys-anthony-anderson-lauren-graham-annouce-nominations-july-14-1201776532/

The THR 100: Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment
THR presents its first ranking of the industry’s most powerful execs, creatives, stars, producers, directors and reps. Top 10:
10. Leonardo DiCaprio
9. Alan Horn
8. Peter Rice
7. Jeff Bewkes
6. Shari Redstone and Sumner Redstone
5. Ted Saranndos
4. Steve Burke
3. Leslie Moonves
2. James Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, and Rupert Murdoch
1. Bob Iger http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/thr-100-hollywood-reporters-powerful-904591/item/leonardo-dicaprio-thr-100-904779

(q&a) THR: In-Depth With Disney CEO Bob Iger on China Growth, ‘Star Wars’ Reshoots and Political Plans: "A Lot of People Have Urged Me to [Run]"
In an exclusive sit-down, the exec who tops the THR 100 also talks ‘Indiana Jones,’ ESPN and cable’s future, what happened with heir apparent Tom Staggs and who will succeed him after he leaves in 2018. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/bob-iger-interview-star-wars-905320

AWARDS NEWS:

TCA Awards: Mr. Robot, People v. O.J., Americans, Crazy-Ex Lead Nominees
The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual TCA Awards, and USA Network’s Mr. Robot and FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story lead the pack with four nods each. FX’s The Americans, The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Netflix’s Master of None and Lifetime’s UnREAL followed with three nominations apiece. http://tvline.com/2016/06/22/tca-awards-2016-nominees-mr-robot-people-v-oj-simpson-game-of-thrones/

ABC News Wins Edward R. Murrow Award For Overall Excellence For Third Year; CBS & NBC Honored

The Radio Television Digital News Associationtoday announced winners of its 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing outstanding work produced by radio, television and online news organizations. For the third straight year, ABC News television and ABC News radio have won the Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence at the network level. http://deadline.com/2016/06/abc-news-wins-edward-r-murrow-award-for-overall-excellence-for-third-year-cbs-nbc-honored-1201776457/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(video) Vox: Kim Kardashian’s greatest talent
Kim Kardashian is a reality television star, mobile gaming mogul, social media aficionado, and emoji sensation. She and her sisters rake in millions every year in endorsements, all without, as Barbara Walters put it memorably, any “talents.” But Walters and others who disparage the Kardashian women as talentless have an outdated notion of the term. Do they sing, act, dance, or play sports? No. But through careful and constant feeding of the social media beast, they have created the illusion of friendship with millions of people. http://www.vox.com/2016/6/21/11989754/kim-kardashian-talent

PETA Calls on CBS’ ‘Zoo’ to Stop "Exploiting" Wild Animals
The animal rights group demanded the network use CGI rather than live animals. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peta-calls-cbs-zoo-stop-905255

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