The Morning Update for Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 30, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Lost in Space’ Reboot Scores 10-Episode Series Order at Netflix
From Legendary Television, the new take is based on the beloved 1960s sci-fi classic from Irwin Allen. Netflix’s reimagined series hails from feature writing duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, with Zack Estrin set to serve as showrunner. The drama will premiere worldwide in 2018. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lost-space-reboot-scores-10-907462

MTV Buys Script for Music Club Workplace Comedy from Nancy Hower & John Lehr
Nancy Hower and John Lehr has closed a script deal with MTV for “The Hippo,” a workplace comedy set in a live music venue in Los Angeles. Hower and Lehr, the team behind Hulu’s “Quick Draw” and TBS’s “Ten Items or Less,” created the project together. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/mtv-the-hippo-nancy-hower-john-lehr-1201799617/

‘Preacher’ Renewed for Second Season at AMC
The comic book drama from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin will expand to 13 episodes in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/preacher-renewed-second-season-at-907396

’12 Monkeys’ Renewed for Third Season at Syfy
The critically acclaimed time-travel drama hails from Terry Matalas and Universal Cable Productions. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/12-monkeys-renewed-third-season-907366

‘Furst Born’ CBS Comedy Pilot Extends Cast Options, ‘My Time/Your Time’ Eyes Redevelopment
CBSsingle-camera comedy pilotFurst Bornremains in contention for midseason as the options on the entire cast have been extended. Jermaine Fowler starrer Superior Donuts, which is being re-piloted and partially recast. Both are eyeing a midseason 2017 berth. Additionally, conversations continue about hybrid pilot My Time/Your Time. Hearing the plan is for it to be reworked by the same team, writer/executive producer Hilary Winston and exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, for the upcoming development season with a brand-new cast. http://deadline.com/2016/06/furst-family-cbs-comedy-pilot-cast-options-extended-my-time-your-time-redevelopment-1201781116/

‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Reveals Season 7 Directors
Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod will once again helm episodes for the show’s seventh season. They’re joined by Thrones newcomer Matt Shakman. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-season-7-directors-907381

CASTING NEWS:

‘Nashville’: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and More Returning for Season 5
The other returning series regulars include Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack. CMT and Lionsgate, which co-produces the series with ABC Studios, declined to comment. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nashville-connie-britton-hayden-panettiere-907551

Arrow Casts Popular Alum Carly Pope as Coast City Reporter in Season 5
Arrow has tapped the Popular actress to recur in Season 5 as Susan Williams, a journalist from Coast City. http://tvline.com/2016/06/29/arrow-casts-carly-pope-susan-williams-coast-city-reporter-season-5/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(ratings) Nielsen Says 6.7M Watched ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Premiere in 3 Days
The measurement giant shared some rare streaming stats at a Las Vegas conference. The 6.7 million figure puts it between HBO’s Game of Thrones (10.4 million) and TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles (5.8 million viewers) on the cable landscape — and that’s before the additional day of views in the latter’s total. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/orange-is-new-black-ratings-907390

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Felicity Huffman Returning to ‘American Crime’ Season 3

Felicity Huffman is returning to the third season of “American Crime” on ABC. Huffman starred in the first and second seasons, and will take on an entirely new character in Season 3 of the anthology drama from John Ridley. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/felicity-huffman-season-3-american-crime-1201806156/

VH1 Orders Live Late-Night Talk Show Hosted by Marc Lamont Hill
The weekly series will debut Sunday, July 17, at 10 p.m. and feature the CNN commentator and BET News host. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vh1-orders-live-late-night-907406

Science Channel Unearthing Hidden Secrets Behind Iconic Structures in New Series
‘Unearthed’ aims to discover how famous structures and monuments were designed, built, used and, in some cases, lost and rediscovered. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/science-channel-unearthing-hidden-secrets-907410

Nancy Grace to Depart HLN After 12 Years
One of cable’s most recognizable and controversial figures tells THR she will embark upon a new chapter involving "a very large digital component." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nancy-grace-leaving-hln-907480

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Federation tackles cybercrime
France’s Federation Entertainment has acquired worldwide distribution rights to a new police cybercrime drama series from Belgian filmmaker John Engel. Unit 42 (10×52’) is currently in production and centres on a non tech-savvy cop newly transferred from the homicide bureau and a feisty young policewoman and IT expert who are forced to collaborate with one another. http://www.c21media.net/federation-tackles-cybercrime/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Holds Dividend At 71 Cents A Share
Disneyjust sent investors a steady-as-she-goes signal, maintaining its semi-annual cash dividend at 71 cents a share. It will go out on July 28 to shareholders of record on July 11. Disney began paying a dividend twice a year in July 2015, when it set the price at 66 cents. It was raised to 71 cents in December. http://deadline.com/2016/06/disney-keeps-dividend-71-cents-share-1201781357/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Universal Cable Productions Promotes Development Execs Kate Fenske and Elise Henderson
Kate Fenske and Elise Henderson have been promoted to Senior Vice President positions for Universal Cable Productions. Both report to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

MTV Development Exec Paul Ricci to Head Alternative Programming at VH1
Ricci will report to the Viacom-owned cable network’s new head of reality, Nina L. Diaz. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/paul-ricci-head-alternative-programming-907328

Jessica Williams Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ After Inking Development Deal
The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams is exiting the late-night show. Comedy Central announced her move this morning on Twitter. The move comes after the Viacom-owned network signed the comedian to a development deal earlier this year, that included her headlining and producing a narrative pilot. http://deadline.com/2016/06/jessica-williams-leaving-the-daily-show-development-deal-1201781190/

Ringer: Shonda Rhimes Owns a Whole Night of the Week
Seven ways she makes revolutionary TV. https://theringer.com/shonda-rhimes-tv-revolution-undeniables-49e68f3a9840#.t8q40e29v

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Lionsgate is buying Starz for $4.4 billion
Lionsgate announced this morning that it will buy the Starz network for $4.4 billion in cash and stock. The deal unites the biggest mini-major studio in the country with the second biggest cable network on television, and could mean big things going forward as the merged companies compete with the likes of Netflix and HBO. http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/30/12065254/lionsgate-starz-acquisition-4-billion

(video) TED: Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong | Julia Galef
Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information. http://www.ted.com/talks/julia_galef_why_you_think_you_re_right_even_if_you_re_wrong

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