The Morning Update for July 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, July 1, 2016. Have a great holiday weekend!


‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Show Update: Pilot Options Extended for Entire Cast
The “Cruel Intentions” TV show is still in the works. As of Thursday, the pilot options on the entire cast have been extended. With NBC stalling to make a decision, sources say that Sony Television, has garnered interest from cable and streaming outlets, including Hulu, Freeform and more.

(sched) Ava DuVernay & Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Gets Fall Premiere Date On OWNThe series will debut at 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7 on OWN. It then will air regularly at 10 PM Wednesdays for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

(sched) ‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date On AMC
AMChas set Tuesday, August 23 for the third season premiere of its period drama Halt and Catch Fire.

(sched) ‘The Voice’ To Air After Rio Olympics’ Closing Ceremony; ‘Superstore’ Gets Date
NBCwill air a special 30-minute preview of The Voicefollowing the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Sunday, August 21. Also, an original episode of returning comedy Superstorewill air on Friday, August 19 following the games.


Vanessa Lachey Boards TV Land’s ‘First Wives Club’ Reboot
She’ll play the third wife, opposite Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Promotes Retta to Series Regular in Season 3
Retta, who joined the Bravo dramedy in Season 2 as Abby’s co-worker Barbara, has been promoted from recurring guest star to a full-fledged series regular for Seasons 3, 4 and 5.

Tara Buck Joins ‘Ray Donovan’; ‘Younger’ Casts India de Beaufort
True Blood alumna Tara Buck has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of Showtime drama series Ray Donovan. India de Beaufort (Blood & Oil) is set for a recurring role on Darren Star’s TV Land series Younger.


(animated) Disney Plans ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel for 2018
Director Rich Moore and writer Phil Johnston will reteam for the follow-up to the 2012 video game-inspired animation.


Disney Prepares To Buy Stake In Baseball’s MLBAM Tech Operation: Report
Disney’s closing in on a deal to buy a one-third stake in MLB Advanced Media’s tech arm, BAM Tech, with a four-year option to buy another third, under terms that value the enterprise at $3.5 billion Bloomberg reports. A deal would give the ESPN owner a stake, and possibly control, over the power behind independent streaming initiatives including WatchESPN, WWE Network, HBO Now, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV.

Sling TV adds NBC and BBC channels to two new subscription packages
Dish’s internet television service Sling TV is offering two new subscription packages for cord cutters. The company announced yesterday that it was splitting its existing $20-a-month option into two new versions: Sling Orange, which allows users to stream on one device only for the same price, and Sling Blue, a multi-stream subscription that costs $25 a month.


Disney Sees 20% Gain in Volume for Kids’ Upfront
Walt Disney has notched a greater share of volume of advance ad commitments as part of its upfront sales. The company, which operates Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, among other properties, saw advance ad commitments rise by 20%.

(tech) Disney Bows Social-Like App to Feed Kids Bite-Size, Nontoxic Content
Disney has created a secure sandbox for preteens to get a taste of social media. Disney LOL is a stunted version of Instagram or Pinterest, stripping out user-upload, commenting and “like” features. The apps and related website are stocked with micro-content like GIFs, memes, short videos, games, jokes and trivia pulled from the media conglom’s properties including Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Disney Channel and Disney XD.


Universal TV Exec VP Drama Russell Rothberg Exits
The executive’s contract was up in March 2017 and he was planning to leave then. His last day is Thursday.


AdWeek: Turner Is the Latest Media Company to Secure Double-Digit CPM Gains in Its Upfront
As networks and buyers try to wrap up their upfront business in advance of the July 4 holiday, Turner has crossed the finish line, and like many other networks, secured CPM (cost per thousand viewers reached) gains in the low double digits. Volume was also up over last year, in the 3 to 4 percent range.

‘Serial’ Podcast Subject Adnan Syed Granted a New Trial
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch granted Adnan Syed, the subject of the first season of the hit podcast “Serial,” a new trial after spending 16 years in prison for the murder of his former girlfriend in 1999.

Apple ‘in talks’ to acquire Tidal
Apple is exploring the idea of buying competing music streaming service Tidal, The Wall Street Journal reports.