The Morning Update for Monday, July 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, July 11, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Hunters’ Canceled at Syfy After One SeasonIt’s game over for Syfy’s Hunters. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has canceled the straight-to-series adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hunters-canceled-at-syfy-one-909446

Danny McBride: ‘Vice Principals’ will only last 2 seasons on HBO
“The whole series is only 18 episodes and that’s it. We just wanted to make a really long movie. It’s one school year and a complete story,” McBride says at the show’s premiere. “This was an old screenplay that Jody [Hill] and I wrote back in 2006. But we needed it to be longer so we added and reworked it and broke it up into 18 segments.” http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/07/08/danny-mcbride-vice-principals-will-only-last-2-seasons-on-hbo/

(preview) THR: Take Me To The Pilots ’16: ABC’s ‘Speechless’
ABC just knows what it’s doing in this terrain, and Speechless immediately takes a similar-but-distinctive position within the network’s family comedy lineup, breaking new ground with treatment of disabilities. The show is about people and groups outside the family condescending to J.J., but the show doesn’t condescend at all and already Speechless seems able to treat the unique piece of its subject matter in a way that’s irreverent but respectful and that really does change all of the core family interplay in interesting ways. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/take-me-pilots-16-abcs-909587

Mr. Robot season premiere ‘leaked’ on social media by show’s creators
The new season of Mr. Robot isn’t due to air on TV for another three days, but if you were quick, you might have been able to catch the first episode of the acclaimed show’s second series tonight. The full season premiere appeared online a few hours ago, shortly after a masked figure interrupted a live Facebook Q&A with its creators. http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/10/12145312/mr-robot-season-2-premiere-watch-twitter-youtube

CASTING NEWS:

‘American Crime’: Richard Cabral to Return for Season 3
He joins Felicity Huffman and Regina King as remaining with the John Ridley ABC anthology. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-crime-richard-cabral-return-909337

John Barrowman Just Signed a Deal To Be a Series Regular On All CW Superhero Shows
John Barrowman, who plays Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer on Arrow, has just been promoted to series regular across all Greg Berlanti-executive-produced CW superhero shows. In accordance with his new cross-series deal, Barrowman can be expected to regularly appear on the aforementioned shows as well as Legends of Tomorrow and recent CW transplant Supergirl. If this deal sounds familiar, it’s because it’s basically the same deal that Wentworth Millerstruck with Warner Bros in May to play his Legends of Tomorrow character Leonard Snart across the CW/DC/Berlanti-verse. http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/john-barrowman-now-a-regular-on-all-dccw-shows.html

Dean Norris Joins ‘Girlboss’ Netflix Comedy Series
Breaking Bad alum Dean Norrishas booked a recurring role opposite Britt Robertson and Ellie Reed in Girlboss, Netflix‘s 13-episode comedy series inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s popular autobiography. http://deadline.com/2016/07/dean-norris-cast-girlboss-netflix-comedy-series-britt-robertson-1201784387/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

YouTube may launch an online TV service next year with ESPN, ABC, and CBS
For a little while now, YouTube has been working on an online TV service for people who aren’t interested in subscribing to cable — and now The Information reports that deals are starting to come together. While it sounds like nothing is finalized, ESPN, ABC, and CBS are "firmly expected" to be available through the service. http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/8/12130470/youtube-tv-service-espn-abc-cbs-next-year-report

Twitter is going to live stream the Republican and Democratic conventions
Twitter’s push into live video of major events continued on Monday with the announcement that it would stream the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions. CBS, which owned the streaming rights, agreed to a deal that will let Twitter stream the conventions online, according to Recode and CNN Money. http://mashable.com/2016/07/11/twitter-streaming-conventions/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

We TV Orders ‘Dr. Miami’ Plastic Surgery Reality Show
We TV has ordered the unscripted series “Dr. Miami,” revolving around the work of the social media-wired plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer. Salzhauer’s practice of sharing the intimate details of his procedures on Snapchat and other social media platforms is the hook that spurred AMC Networks’ We TV cabler to give the show a six-episode order. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/dr-miami-michael-salzhauer-we-tv-plastic-surgery-1201811525/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

NBCU lines up first German drama
NBCUniversal International Networks is set to produce its first original drama out of Germany. The Comcast-owned entertainment group’s managing director, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Katharina Behrends told DWDL.de that crime-themed channel 13th Street had commissioned a 4x25mins psychological miniseries. Production and casting plans are underway, with Readymade Films attached to produce. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/07/nbcu-lines-first-german-drama/620922/

Italian Broadcaster Rai Apologizes for Cutting ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Gay Sex Scene
The network vowed to air the scene as it was originally intended. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/italian-broadcaster-rai-apologizes-cutting-909631

TWDC NEWS:

ESPN Takes a Baby Step Outside the Bundle
Walt Disney’s ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web. ESPN’s new offering won’t include high-value content like professional football or basketball, but rather more niche leagues and possibly some types of college sports, the person said. https://www.theinformation.com/espn-takes-a-baby-step-outside-the-bundle

Disney Hits $5B Global, $3B International Box Office In Record Time
With a $50.1M global weekend on Finding Doryas well as added coin from its other holdovers, Disneyhas pushed past the $5 billion worldwide box office milestone in record time. Last year, the crown belonged to Universal as Jurassic World stomped it to $5B+ on July 17. The Mouse also now has bragging rights to the fastest speed to $3B internationally, getting there on July 6 and just beating Universal’s previous $3B offshore record set on July 8, 2015. http://deadline.com/2016/07/disney-finding-dory-civil-war-zootopia-5-billion-global-box-office-record-1201784690/

(animated) NYT: A New Disney Princesa Carries Responsibilities Beyond Her Kingdom
Disney has created its first Latina princess, Elena, who will have her debut on the Disney Channel this month. Aware of the scrutiny that “Elena of Avalor” will receive, Disney has loaded each 22-minute episode with Latin folklore and cultural traditions. Avalor has Aztec-inspired architecture. Episodes will include original songs that reflect musical styles like mariachi, salsa and Chilean hip-hop. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/business/media/a-new-disney-princesa-carries-responsibilities-beyond-her-kingdom.html

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Marti Noxon Taps Maria Grasso as President of Tiny Pyro
Grasso will exit her current production company One-Two Punch, which her partner Deb Spera will continue to run. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marti-noxon-taps-maria-grasso-909297

Verizon Hires Ex-YouTube Exec Ivana Kirkbride as Go90 Content Chief
Ivana Kirkbride, a former YouTube executive who most recently worked at video startup Vessel, has joined Verizon’s Go90 as chief content officer. L.A.-based Kirkbride will lead the development of original programming for Go90, which the telco launched last fall. She reports to Chip Canter, Verizon’s GM of digital entertainment and Go90. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/verizon-go90-ivana-kirkbride-1201810959/

HBOAccess Directing Fellowship Winners Unveiled
Three filmmakers have been selected to participate in the second annual HBOAccess Directing Fellowship, a program that provides a mentorship with an HBO creative executive and a $100,000 budget to shoot a short presentation for the premium network. The winners: Kate Marks, a Project Involve fellow at Film Independent; Pete Chatmon, whose debut feature Premium starred Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana and Hill Harper; and Kevin Lau, a recent fellow of the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and CAPE New Writers Fellowship. http://deadline.com/2016/07/hboaccess-directing-fellowship-winners-2016-1201784176/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: UFC to Be Acquired by Consortium Led by WME-IMG for $4 Billion
As expected, mixed-martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been acquired by a consortium of investors led by WME-IMG for $4 billion. The companies are expected to make a formal announcement Monday. http://www.thewrap.com/millennials-tv-cheating-glued-dating/

Wrap: 30 Percent of Millennials Won’t Date Someone Over TV Tastes, Study Finds
In a unique promotion for new original web series “Glued” — which stars real-life couple John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo – Propeller Insights and Xfinity surveyed 1,935 adults age 25-49 about their interactions over television.

• About 30 percent of single millennials have chosen not to date someone based off of their TV viewing preferences

Directed by John Riggi, “Glued” takes viewers on a comedic journey that we can all relate to, including the discovery of a new show, barriers to watching, the guilt of “TV cheating” on your spouse and the trials and tribulations of spoiler avoidance outside the home. http://www.thewrap.com/millennials-tv-cheating-glued-dating/

Buzzfeed: The Small Thing One Network Did To Hire Directors Who Aren’t White Guys
Each of the major TV networks has a development program for female and minority directors, but what sets CBS’s apart is its small scale and the attendant level of personal attention. Fox, for example, takes five directing fellows per year out of 20 people who participate in a weeks-long “lab,” and the Warner Bros. TV directors’ workshop has taken 11 participants in a round. CBS’s program takes two to four participants total each year. https://www.buzzfeed.com/arianelange/the-small-thing-one-network-did-to-hire-women-poc-directors

Deadline: ‘American Horror Story’ VR Encounter Headlines FXhibition At Comic-Con
FX Networks is heading to Comic-Con with FXhibition, which it calls a “visually arresting, one-of-a-kind interactive art space” featuring the American Horror StoryFearless VR Experience and installations for its series including Archer, The Strain, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. http://deadline.com/2016/07/comic-con-american-horror-story-fx-archer-the-strain-1201784246/

(gaming) Mashable: Pokémon Go on Android: Already bigger than Tinder, may soon be as big as Twitter
Five days after the launch, Pokémon Go — an augmented reality game in which you hunt virtual Pokémon on your phone in real-life locations — is huge. As of July 8, Pokémon Go was installed on twice as many Android devices in the U.S. as dating app Tinder. Even more astoundingly, when measuring the number of daily active users, SimilarWeb had found that Pokémon Go is nearly as big as Twitter. http://mashable.com/2016/07/11/pokemon-big-tinder-twitter/

538: Most Americans Aren’t Middle Class Anymore
For the first time since at least the 1960s, the majority of Americans aren’t in the middle class. In 2015, just under 50 percent of American adults lived in middle-income households. That’s down from 54 percent in 2001 and 61 percent in 1971, the earliest year Pew looked at. The share of Americans that are in high-earning households, those with more than double the median income, has grown by seven percentage points since 1971. The share of low earners, those earning less than two-thirds the median, has grown four percentage points. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/most-americans-arent-middle-class-anymore/

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