The Morning Update for Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 23, 2016:


Amy Poehler Inks New Deal at Universal TV, Sells Seann William Scott Comedy to NBC
Amy Poehler and her company, Paper Kite Productions, have inked a new deal at Universal Television and its newly formed unscripted sibling Universal TV Alternative Studio. The multiyear pact will encompass both scripted and unscripted programming from Poehler’s company, which is co-headed by Comedy Central vet Brooke Posch. Paper Kite’s first project under the new deal will be a scripted comedy titled The Baby, which has already been granted a pilot production commitment by NBC. Seann William Scott will star as the youngest male in an organized crime family made up entirely of women. Craig DiGregorio is attached to write and executive produce.

HBO Developing Curtis Sittenfeld’s Novel ‘Prep’ As Comedy Series
HBOhas acquired the rights to Curtis Sittenfeld’s bestselling debut novel Prep. It will be developed as a comedy series by former 30 Rock writer-producer Colleen McGuinnessand Game of Thrones executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Prep, published by Random House, follows a Midwestern girl’s coming of age as she navigates an exclusive New England boarding school.

Channing Tatum & A24 To Produce 1980s Romanian Cop TV Show Spoof As Series
A24(The Carmichael Show, Playing House) will produce and fully finance action comedy series Iron Fisting. Produced with Channing Tatum’s Free Association, the show, which will film a full season, was created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka. They will serve as writers and will executive producer alongside Rhys Thomas who will direct. The series will be produced independently and shopped to US networks afterwords. Iron Fisting is being done as a fake Romanian cop show from the 1980s.

Weinstein Company Acquires World War II Drama Series From James Bond Writers
The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. distribution television rights to the upcoming World War II alternate history thriller “SS-GB”. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton and has been adapted for television by James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. It is set in a 1940s Nazi occupied London, at a time when the Battle of Britain is lost, Winston Churchill is dead, and King George is held prisoner by the SS. The series will follow Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley) as he investigates what appears to be a simple black market murder, only to find himself dragged into a much darker and treacherous world.

Major Crimes Season 5 Gets Supersized
There will be 62 percent more Major Crimes for Sharon Raydor and her team to solve this season than originally planned. The recently premiered Season 5 of the TNT crime drama has been expanded by eight episodes, to a total of 21.

HBO Unexpectedly Cancels Low-Rated ‘Vinyl’ After One Season
The program, a 1970s music drama created by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, was besieged by a series of problems following the end of the first season in April.

HBO Inks Overall Deal with ‘Silicon Valley’ Showrunner Alec Berg
Under the new two-year pact, Berg will continue his showrunner and exec producer duties on “Silicon Valley,” as well as exec producing “Barry.” He will also bring new development projects to the premium cabler.

(review) THR: ‘American Gothic’
This ludicrous new CBS summer series proves it’s better to be outside enjoying the sun than inside watching this nonsense.


‘Blindspot’ Casts Archie Panjabi in Recurring Role for Season 2
“The Good Wife” alum Archie Panjabi will put her investigative skills to good use on “Blindspot” in Season 2. Panjabi has been cast in a major recurring role in the mystery thriller’s sophomore season.

NCIS: New Orleans: Vanessa Ferlito Set as New Series Regular in Season 3
Vanessa Ferlito is back on the FBI’s payroll, courtesy of NCIS: New Orleans. Felito is joining the CBS procedural’s upcoming third season in a series-regular role.

Pauley Perrette, Rob Reiner & More Join ABC’s Gay Rights Event Series ‘When We Rise’
ABC’s gay rights miniseries “When We Rise” has filled out its cast with a slew of A-list guest stars. Rob Reiner, T.R. Knight, Phylicia Rashad, Richard Schiff, Mary McCormack, Arliss Howard, Henry Czerny, William Sadler and “NCIS” favorite Pauley Perrette will appear in the highly anticipated project in undisclosed roles.

Brian Austin Green Joins ‘Rosewood’ Fox Drama Series As New Regular In Season 2
Brian Austin Greenhas been cast as a series regular in the upcoming second season of Fox drama series Rosewood.

Tom Everett Scott Joins Andrea Savage TruTV Comedy Pilot; Others Also Cast
Southland alum Tom Everett Scotthas been cast in truTV’s comedy pilot I’m Sorry (working title), created by and starring Andrea Savage(Veep).

Nicole Ari Parker To Co-Star On New ABC Series ‘Time After Time’ In Recasting
Nicole Ari Parkeris set for a key co-starring role opposite Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman and Genesis Rodriguez in Kevin Williamson‘s new ABCtime-travel drama series Time After Time. Parker will replace Regina Taylor who played the role in the pilot as the character is being re-conceived.

‘Nashville’: Two Series Regulars to Exit; Talks With Remaining Cast Going Well
Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples are unlikely to return when the country music drama comes back for season five.


Constance Wu Starring in Road-Trip Movie
“Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu has come on board an independent road-trip comedy-drama. The untitled film is currently being shot in the Northern California tourist town of Healdsburg. Jenee LaMarque is directing from her own script, co-written with Lauren Parks, along the lines of 1983’s “The Big Chill,” in which a group of friends take a road trip to attend a lesbian wedding.


(animated) Amazon Partners With Polygon and Bureau of Magic for Anime Series ‘Lost in Oz’
Tokyo-based digital animation studio Polygon Pictures and L.A.-based production company Bureau of Magic are partnering to make a 3D CG anime series for Amazon Prime. The series, “Lost in Oz,” is based on Frank Baum’s classic “Wizard of Oz” stories.

Amazon has doubled its performance in a hot market over the last year, and is pulling away from Apple
Amazon Video downstream traffic share in North America hits 4.26%, up from 1.97% in 2015, overtaking iTunes; Netflix has 35.15% share, YouTube has 17.53%.

C-SPAN’s viral video moment
Congressional leaders, whether Democrat or Republican, have maintained power over the cameras, the audio, the angles and when they’re turned on and off. That all changed on Wednesday afternoon, when members of Congress themselves became the cameras, using their smartphones to broadcast the sit-in live directly to C-SPAN after the network’s access to video feeds from the House floor was cut, despite the fact there were dozens of Democratic lawmakers still there, making speeches and making news.


Netflix Greenlights Cameron Dallas Reality Show
Cameron Dallas, a major social-media star, will be the feature of an unscripted series on Netflix, marking the company’s second big original with an Internet celeb. The series will follow Dallas and his close circle of friends and family as he looks to take his career to the next level.


ITV brings Frankenstein back to life
ITV’s subscription drama channel ITV Encore has ordered a second season of The Frankenstein Chronicles. The original series, a re-imagining of the Frankenstein story, hails from UK indie Rainmark Films in association with Far Moor and stars Sean Bean as a police inspector who pursues Dr Frankenstein’s infamous creation across 19th century London.


Nickelodeon Exec Jeff Blackman Named SVP Creative Syfy & Chiller
Jeff Blackman, former SVP Creative Strategy at Nickelodeon, has moved to Syfy and Chilleras SVP Creative.

BBC Names Kate Phillips Entertainment Chief
Currently creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide, she will in September become controller, entertainment commissioning.

Aaron Sorkin to Teach Online Course on Screenwriting
For $90, Aaron Sorkin will share his tricks of the screenwriting trade. Sorkin will provide more than 25 video lessons through online-education startup MasterClass later this summer.


Universal to Build New Soundstage Complex, Expand Theme Park in 5-Year Plan
Universal Studios is embarking on a new five-year plan that will reorient many of its production soundstage facilities to the east near its backlot, as it makes way for additional space to expand its theme park. In the works is a new complex of ten soundstages, to be built in 2017 and 2018, as a cluster of smaller stages on the front and west portion of the lot are removed to make way for new theme park attractions.

Four in five millennials now subscribe to OTT
Some 80% of millennials subscribe to at least one over-the-top (OTT) service and 39% report watching at least seven hours of online video per week, according to new research.

(opinion) HBR: Product Success Is Not About the Zeitgeist
My aim here is to explore — and reject — a common explanation for the success of Star Wars, and of businesses, products, and ideas in general. The explanation is that what matters is the relationship between culture and the product at the time it is released. In a nutshell: Some products, artists, and movies hit a particular cultural nerve, and that’s both necessary and sufficient for success. Even if they’re terrific, the thinking goes, they’d fail without good timing. Other products, artists, and movies are fabulous but the culture isn’t ready for them or their time has passed, so they tank. What you need is cultural resonance. The problem is that usually there’s no evidence for this kind of explanation. In fact, it’s just the kind of reasoning that our unreliable, pattern-seeking brains tend to make up, as plenty of research has demonstrated.