The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 29, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(sched) ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates
‘Designated Survivor’ is set for Sept. 21, while ‘Conviction’ and ‘American Housewife’ will get October debuts. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-fall-premiere-dates-2016-906876

(sched) Fall TV 2016: All premiere dates for ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC
Here are all the announced premiere dates for ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC for fall 2016. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/06/28/fall-tv-2016-all-premiere-dates-for-abc-cbs-the-cw-fox-and-nbc/

(sched) Netflix is splitting the first season of The Get Down into two parts
Netflix’s newest series, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, is getting split in two for its first season. The streaming network will release the first six episodes of the show on August 12th, while the remaining six episodes will air at some point in 2017. While the reason for the split is currently unclear, it’s a departure from the company’s typical method of releasing a full season all at once. http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/28/12052566/netflix-the-get-down-split-first-season-baz-luhrmann

CASTING NEWS:

Sarah Gadon to Star in Netflix’s Margaret Atwood Drama ‘Alias Grace’
The Canadian actress most recently co-starred opposite James Franco in the Hulu limited series ‘11.22.63.’ Published in 1996, Alias Grace follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sarah-gadon-star-netflixs-margaret-906934

‘Arrow’ Adds Tyler Ritter in Recurring Role
The ‘McCarthys’ star will play a new detective on The CW’s superhero drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/arrow-tyler-ritter-recur-906799

Shameless Books Quantico Alum for Multi-Episode Arc in Season 7
Tate Ellington has landed a multi-episode role on Season 7 of Shameless as Chad, an employee of the company that owns Patsy’s Pies. http://tvline.com/2016/06/28/shameless-casts-tate-ellington-patsys-pies-season-7/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Mario Lopez Signs With AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck, Sets YouTube Channel Launch
Mario Lopez, co-host of syndicated newsmagazine “Extra,” has joined the talent roster of AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck, a digital entertainment and lifestyle network aimed at millennial moms. Under the pact, Lopez will create programming focused on what he dubs his “four Fs”: family, food, fitness and faith. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/mario-lopez-awestruck-awesomenesstv-1201805262/

Facebook is cutting traffic to publishers in favor of user-generated content
Facebook is tweaking its News Feed algorithm to prioritize posts that come from users’ family and friends, which means you’ll soon see more posts from actual people like your cousins or your college roommates. But seeing more posts from friends and family also means seeing fewer posts from non-human accounts, specifically publishers like BuzzFeed or the New York Times, newsrooms that rely heavily on Facebook’s massive audience for web traffic and ad revenue. http://www.recode.net/2016/6/29/12053800/facebook-news-feed-algorithm-change-publisher-traffic

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Drew Barrymore May Host Talk Show for Warner Bros. TV
Barrymore has been in discussions to develop a talk show for WBTV. No deal is in place. The move would come as the next TV gig for the actress.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/drew-barrymore-may-host-talk-907100

History Cancels ‘Top Gear USA’ After Six Seasons
Tuesday’s episode will serve as a series finale. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/history-cancels-top-gear-usa-906892

Bounce TV Launches First News Magazine With ‘Ed Gordon’
Bounce TV is set to launch a new show titled “Ed Gordon,” featuring the award-winning journalist of the same name. The African American network’s first foray into the primetime news magazine format will premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. ET. http://www.thewrap.com/bounce-tv-launches-first-news-magazine-with-ed-gordon-exclusive/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Nina L. Diaz to Oversee Reality for VH1
Formerly senior vp East Coast development, she’ll now be responsible for all of reality development. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nina-l-diaz-oversee-reality-906903

Marc DeBevoise Named CBS Interactive President, COO
Marc DeBevoise has been named president and chief operating officer of CBS Interactive. DeBevoise will lead strategy and operations for all of CBS Interactive’s 25-plus brands in entertainment, sports, news, technology and gaming and media, among other verticals. He’ll continue to run the digital media businesses of the CBS, including the development of original content for digital platforms. http://www.thewrap.com/marc-debevoise-named-cbs-interactive-president-coo/

CMT Hires Two New Marketing & Programming Executives, Promotes Two
Former BBC America marketing executive Rory Levine has joined CMT as Vice President of Consumer Marketing, leading CMT’s linear and digital marketing efforts. Tessa Jordan has been named Vice President of Program Planning where she will manage CMT’s programming teams and is responsible for leading the scheduling and analysis process. Heather DeVaney Graffagnino has been promoted to Vice President of Production Management. Quinn Brown has been promoted to Vice President of Production. http://deadline.com/2016/06/cmt-hires-marketing-programming-executives-promotes-two-1201780978/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Heading To Comic-Con For Sneak Peek
Marvel’s Jessica Jones spinoff Luke Cage will be heading down to Comic-Con next month. In a SDCC debut for the upcoming series, Mr. Cage himself, star Mike Colter, will be at the San Diego Convention Center, along with howrunner Cheo Hodari Cokerand co-stars Alfre Woodward and Theo Rossi, who plays Cage’s enemy Shades AKA Alvarez. http://deadline.com/2016/06/luke-cage-marvel-comic-con-2016-mike-colter-netflix-jessica-jones-1201780717/

AdWeek: A Study of TV-Related Tweets Finds Hate More Than Love Drives Viewership
According to a study of tweets related to hundreds of TV shows and thousands of episodes, social analytics TV company Canvs found that feelings of hate lead to bigger increases in viewership the following week for drama and reality shows. In fact, hate might be three times more powerful of a driving force than love. On the other hand, words like "love" and "beauty" were better indicators for comedy shows even than "funny." http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/study-tv-related-tweets-finds-hate-more-love-drives-viewership-172295

Slate: Why TV Shows Are Darker Than They’ve Ever Been
Has TV gotten too dark? Why can’t I see anything? …As with most trends in recent television, the answer is largely The Sopranos. As a mob show, its look was naturally modeled on Gordon Willis’ famous low-light work on The Godfather. …But one problem with the wave of technological change that has made dark lighting easy and cheap for filmmakers is that it doesn’t translate to all television sets. Old televisions did a better job of rendering dark colors than modern ones. Detail that’s visible on an expensive television disappears on a cheap one, and suddenly Game of Thrones is indecipherable. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2016/06/cinematographers_from_game_of_thrones_jessica_jones_and_better_call_saul.html

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