The Morning Update for Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, July 6, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Lonely Island Comedy ‘Alone Together’ Gets Freeform Pilot Order
Freeform announced that it has greenlighted comedy Alone Together to pilot. The half-hour project centers on two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds as they try to make their way into the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles — only to find salvation in their male/female strictly platonic friendship. Esther Povitsky (Lady Dynamite, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Benji Afalo (Not Safe With Nikki Glaser) will star in, write and executive produce the pilot. Eben Russell also will write and executive produce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lonely-island-comedy-alone-together-908467

(review) Hitfix: ‘The Night Of’ is the great drama HBO very badly needs right now
The Night Of is a wonderful bridge from HBO’s glorious past to its sketchy present. HBO needed another great drama desperately right now; it got one (albeit one with a finite lifespan) courtesy of its greatest star ever. http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-the-night-of-is-the-great-drama-hbo-very-badly-needs-right-now

(sched) ‘American Horror Story’, ‘Atlanta’ & ‘Better Things’ Get FX Premiere Dates
The return of AHS will bow Wednesday, September 14, preceded by Atlantaon Tuesday, September 6, andBetter Thingson Thursday, September 8. All will air at 10 PM. http://deadline.com/2016/07/american-horror-story-season-6-premiere-date-atlanta-better-things-get-fx-debuts-1201782791/

CASTING NEWS:

Rob Lowe Joins ‘Code Black’ as Series Regular
The ‘Grinder’ star’s addition comes as the CBS medical drama is rebooting itself for season two. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rob-lowe-joins-code-black-908540

‘Quantico’ Adds Blair Underwood as Season 2 Regular
He joins ‘Looking’ grad Russell Tovey as the ABC drama bulks up for its sophomore run. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/quantico-season-2-blair-underwood-908461

Once Upon a Time’s Archie Hopper to Return
Once Upon a Time original cast member Raphael Sbarge is set to reprise his role as Jiminy Cricket’s human alter ego, Dr. Archie Hopper, in the ABC drama’s Season 6 premiere. http://tvline.com/2016/07/05/once-upon-a-time-season-6-archie-returns-raphael-sbarge/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix & The CW Confirm New Scripted Series Licensing Deal; Includes ‘Supergirl’, ‘Riverdale’ & More
Netflix and the CW have finalized their multi-year content licensing deal that allows Netflix to remain the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for previous seasons of scripted series broadcast on the network. Starting with the upcoming 2016-17 season, Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons for each of these programs beginning eight days after each show’s season finale. http://deadline.com/2016/07/netflix-the-cw-scripted-series-licensing-deal-supergirl-the-flash-1201782761/

Comcast to Stream Netflix on Cable Set-Tops
Comcast and Netflix, which in past years have engaged in a public fight over bandwidth issues, have reached a deal that will make Netflix’s streaming-video service available to the cable giant’s X1 set-top platform later in 2016. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/comcast-netflix-x1-cable-set-tops-1201808593/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

E! Docuseries ‘Hollywood & Football’ Chronicles Rams Players’ Move To Los Angeles
E! has ordered Hollywood & Football, a docuseries chronicling the move of six Rams players and their families from the Midwest to their new life in Los Angeles. http://deadline.com/2016/07/e-hollywood-football-los-angeles-rams-team-move-1201782934/

Matt LeBlanc Set to Host ‘Top Gear’ Solo After Chris Evans’ Exit
Matt LeBlanc will return for the show’s 24th season, which is set to begin production in September http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/matt-leblanc-top-gear-chris-evans-bbc-cbs-1201808823/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC Orders Third Season of ‘Poldark’
Aiden Turner
, who sent hearts fluttering with his scantily-clad farming skills in the first season of historical drama Poldark in 2015 and is due to return to screens for a second outing this fall, has now been booked for a third season by the BBC. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bbc-orders-third-season-poldark-908649

HBO Europe to Focus on Original Drama Following Success of Adaptations
The subscriber service launched its latest freshly-penned drama, Czech drama ‘Pustina,’ at a gala screening at the Karlovy Vary film festival. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-europe-focus-original-drama-908650

StudioCanal Closes TV Drama Package Deal With Spain’s Telefonica
Spain’s leading broadband provider Telefonica bought pay-TV and SVOD rights for its pay platform Movistar+ to a handful of StudioCanal’s properties, including Section Zero, The Five and Spotless, while renewing its licensing deal for The Pillars of the Earth. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/studiocanal-closes-tv-drama-package-908377

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Channel U.K. Greenlights ‘First Class Chefs’ Spinoff
Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions has been given the greenlight to produce a spin on its live-action kids cooking series “First Class Chefs” for the Disney Channel U.K. and Ireland. The new show, “First Class Chefs – Family Style,” will air in short form across multiple Disney digital platforms. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/disney-channel-u-k-greenlights-first-class-chefs-spinoff-1201809169/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Fox Enlists Freeform’s Brooke Bowman as Senior VP Drama
She replaces James Oh, who took the buyout and is now at Jerry Bruckheimer TV. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fox-enlists-freeforms-brooke-bowman-908328

Alkemy X Taps Veteran Cable TV Exec Andy Singer As EVP
Veteran cable TV exec Andy Singerhas joined creative content company Alkemy Xas EVP of Television and Digital Programming. In his new role, Singer will work closely with President & CEO Justin B. Wineburgh to extend Alkemy X’s reach within original TV and digital content. http://deadline.com/2016/07/alkemy-x-veteran-cable-tv-exec-andy-singer-evp-1201782773/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Hollywood Screenwriters’ Earnings Rise 1.9%, TV Scribes’ Slide 2%
Hollywood screenwriters’ earnings rose 1.9% last year to $362.1 million — the third straight increase — while TV writers’ pay fell 2% to $803 million, according to the Writers Guild of America West. Total covered earnings for WGA West members topped $1 billion for the fifth consecutive year, down 0.9% to $1.176 billion. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/hollywood-screenwriter-earnings-rise-tv-writers-falls-1201808592/

Deadline: Big Book Deal For Little 9-Year-Old Girl As Film/TV Rights Up For Grabs
Scholastichas acquired the worldwide rights to four books by 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak — to be co-written with her father, reporter Matthew Lysiak — and now the film/TV rights are being sold off. Lysiak, who rides around on her pink bike in search of stories, recently rose to fame for being the first reporter to break a story on a murder in her hometown in Pennsylvania. http://deadline.com/2016/07/big-book-deal-for-nine-year-old-hilde-lysiak-film-tv-rights-1201781910/

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