The Morning Update for Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, July 7, 2016:


‘Law & Order: SVU’s’ Neal Baer Inks Pod Deal at 20th Century Fox TV
The former ‘Under the Dome’ showrunner will focus on both broadcast and cable for the studio.

TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom,’ TBS Comedies ‘Angie Tribeca’ and ‘Wrecked’ Renewed
Turner networks TNT and TBS have handed out three series renewals. TNT’s freshman drama “Animal Kingdom,” TBS’ new comedy “Wrecked” and sophomore laffer “Angie Tribeca” have all been renewed for new seasons.

‘Please Like Me’ Renewed For Season 4 On Pivot
Pivot has given a Season 4 greenlight to Please Like Me, Josh Thomascoming-of-age comedy from Australia. Production gets under way this week in Melbourne on the six-episode new season, which will premiere November 10.

‘Uncle Buck’ Canceled After One Season on ABC
Star James Lesure announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

(preview) THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’16: Fox’s ‘Pitch’Desire to Watch Again: High. This was a pilot I had hopes for and I was mostly satisfied, but it sure might have helped to give a bit more indication of what comes next, so I’ll hope that comes soon.

(preview) TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: Frequency
This pilot hits a lot of the same beats as the movie, though the plan appears to be to take the multiple instances of timeline tweaking and protract them across an entire series — which just might work, as father and daughter collaborate to catch a serial killer.

(review) THR: ‘The Night of’
Great care has been taken in almost every aspect of bringing the former Gandolfini passion project to TV. That care may peak early with a premiere that should be in Emmy consideration at this time next year, but subsequent episodes still hold an elevated, pulpy crime novel feel, dampened only slightly as contrivances begin to settle in.


Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Malcolm Barrett Join Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’
Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkarand Malcolm Barretthave joined the cast of Dimension 404, Hulu‘s six-episode sci-fi/fantasy anthology scripted series from RocketJump and Lionsgate.


Seeso Renews Standup Series ‘Funny as Hell’ for a Sixth Season
Seeso’s standup series Funny as Hell just got another season. The streaming network announced today that it’s ordered a six-episode sixth season of the series, which will be hosted by Jon Dore and tape at Just For Laughs in Montreal later this month.

BuzzFeed Notches TV Comedy Hit With ‘You Do You’ Series on iTunes
BuzzFeed normally boasts about the billions of views that its viral videos, quizzes and listicles generate. But the digital-media player has also seen success, albeit so far fairly limited, in producing and selling long-form entertainment. BuzzFeed’s “You Do Two,” the second season of its “You Do You” comedy series featuring popular young female characters from its BuzzFeed Violet sketches, hit the No. 1 spot on Apple’s iTunes chart for TV comedies shortly after it was released on June 26.


Food Network Orders New Series Featuring Smollett Siblings, Ayesha Curry
Food Network has ordered six half-hour episodes of “Smollett Eats,” which will showcase favorite foods and recipes among the six siblings that include “Empire’s” Jussie Smollett and “Underground’s” Jurnee Smollett. Food Network has also enlisted Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, to host a six-episode series shot at her home. “Ayesha’s Homemade” will blend cooking segments with glimpses of her life as the wife of an NBA star and mother to two young daughters.

Samuel L. Jackson and Wife Developing Unscripted Celebrity Series With FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia North America is teaming with Samuel L. Jackson, his wife LaTanya Jackson, and Rushion McDonald to develop a new celebrity series. The currently untitled series will take A-list celebrities back to the house they grew up in, visiting old haunts and meeting familiar faces, to explore how their childhood shaped who they are now.


ITV Heads to ‘Loch Ness’ With Serial Killer Drama
ITV has commissioned a new six-part murder mystery thriller “Loch Ness,” starring “Breaking Bad” thesp Laura Fraser. The Scotland-set drama, which is penned by “Fortitude” scribe Stephen Brady and overseen by ITV Studios creative director for drama and executive producer Tim Haines, follows the story of local detective Annie who is search for a serial killer in a community nourished and sustained by myth. When the body of a local man is found at the foot of the Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins.

HBO Europe Unveils Mini ‘Wasteland,’ Docs at Karlovy Vary
HBO Europe is rolling out an original Czech thriller mini-series at the Karlovy Vary fest, where it screened the first two episodes of its flagship “Wasteland” to a packed house Tuesday. The eight-episode political intrigue, features Zuzana Stivinova playing the deeply conflicted mayor of a town where the disappearance of her daughter deepens divides among the townfolk.


ABC to Air Star Wars Special with New ‘ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY’ Trailer reports that the second trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY will debut next week during the Star Wars special, SECRETS OF THE FORCE AWAKENS: A CINEMATIC JOURNEY, which will be broadcast exclusively on ABC.

(comics) Tony Stark to Be Replaced by Black Woman as Marvel’s Comic Book Iron Man
Riri Williams, teenage genius, will take over as the armored hero this fall.


CBS Corp. Taps 20th TV Vet to Run Domestic Syndication Arm
Armando Nunez, who previously led both the distribution arm as well as CBS Studios International, will focus solely on the latter.

20th TV’s International Chief Marion Edwards to Step Down at Year’s End
Gina Brogi, executive vp worldwide pay TV and SVOD, will assume the top spot in January.

DGA Diversity Chief Frank Gonzalez Beefs Up Responsibilities
Frank Bennett Gonzalez is expanding his role in overseeing the Directors Guild of America’s diversity initiatives. Now the executive in charge of the DGA’s diversity programs and committees, Gonzalez will manage the guild’s growing diversity programs. That includes the DGA Director Development Initiative, a networking and educational program that started in January.

UCLA Pencils In 2016 Screenwriting Competition Winner
Christopher Fowler has won the feature award in the 2016 Feature Screenplay Competition at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Programs for his horror-comedy script Miss Miskatonic. Henry Ortlip received the Screenplay Honorable Mention for his drama-comedy The Big Bear. The program also announced writer-director Naomi Fryer as the recipient of the 13th annual Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award for her drama-comedy screenplay Love is at the Centre of Things.

(q&a) ‘Tyrant’ EP Howard Gordon Clarifies ’24: Legacy’ Kiefer Cameo Chances, Talks ‘Homeland’ & The Politics Of Fear
Q: Let’s talk about the beginning of another show, 24: Legacy – at ATX TV Festival last month, you said you would love to see Kiefer Sutherland on the reboot as Jack Bauer in some form….so…

GORDON: Let me be clear, there’s no plans at the moment; I think it’s just sort of a possibility downstream reflecting just my own personal fantasy (laughs). We haven’t said you’re definitely coming back; it’s just something that I was just musing about and that I think isn’t impossible but there are no plans about it. We have to talk as friends and colleagues about him coming back but he’s doing Designated Survivor, which will keep Kiefer busy.


Deadline: ABC Wraps Upfront Ad Sales With Low-Double-Digit Increases In CPMs
Add ABCto the ranks of major broadcasters approaching the upfront ad sales finish line with a sigh of relief. Disney’s network saw low-double-digit increases in the price it charges to reach each 1,000 viewers (CPMs), we’re told. That would be the biggest increase ABC has seen since at least 2011, when unit prices rose 10.5%, and in line with increases that other broadcasters have commanded this sales season.

NYT: Amazon’s Audible Goes Long on Short-Term Audio
The audiobook and spoken-word company is selling access to an extensive library of short-form audio, including original programs, for $4.95 per month.