The Morning Update for Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, July 14, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Netflix Lands Chuck Lorre Pot Comedy ‘Disjointed’ With Kathy Bates Set to Star
Chuck Lorre’s pot comedy has found a home and a star. After being shopped to broadcast networks and streaming services, Netflix has landed Disjointed with a 20-episode order and tapped Kathy Bates to star. Co-written by Lorre and David Javerbaum, the workplace comedy stars Bates as a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization who’s finally living her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles-area cannabis dispensary. The multicamera comedy hails from Warner Bros. Television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-lands-chuck-lorre-pot-858213

‘Behind Enemy Lines’ TV Series Based On Movie Back In The Mix At Fox
Behind Enemy Lines, a drama series project based on the movie starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, is back in development at Fox with a new writer. The network, which was high on mounting an adaptation last year, giving the project a put pilot commitment, is taking a new stab at the concept, to be written by Nikki Toscano. http://deadline.com/2016/07/behind-enemy-lines-tv-series-movie-fox-nikki-toscano-1201784915/

Netflix Renews ‘Bloodline’ for Third Season
The Kyle Chandler drama will be back for what is said to be a 10-episode third season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-renews-bloodline-third-season-904061

Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram Ink Overall TV Deal With Endemol
The scripted division of Endemol Shine North America has signed the duo’s Ritchie/Wigram Productions banner to a multiple-year overall deal. Under the pact, the company will focus on developing original scripted franchises for the global TV marketplace. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/guy-ritchie-lionel-wigram-ink-910651

(sched) ‘High Maintenance’ Comedy Series Gets Fall Premiere Date On HBO
HBO has confirmed the premiere date for its new comedy series High Maintenance. The six-episode series will debut on Friday, September 16 at 11 PM. Created and written by the married duo of Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, who also created the web series of the same name, and starring Sinclair, the series gives a glimpse into the daily routines of a diverse group of New Yorkers and how they light things up. http://deadline.com/2016/07/high-maintenance-comedy-series-fall-premiere-date-hbo-1201785952/

(review) THR: ‘The A Word’
This wonderful and beautifully acted little gem of a miniseries about autism, family and small towns airs on SundanceTV. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/a-word-tv-review-910648

CASTING NEWS:

‘Empire’ Taps Actress and Singer Sierra McClain for Recurring Role
She will play a singer whom Lucious (Terrence Howard) is eager to sign. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/empire-season-3-sierra-mcclain-910461

‘Supergirl’ Adds ‘The Family’ Grad as Gay DC Character Maggie Sawyer
Floriana Lima has landed a series regular role on the upcoming second season of the superhero drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/supergirl-season-2-maggie-sawyer-910498

Renee Elise Goldsberry to Exit ‘Hamilton’ for Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’
Starring opposite Joel Kinnaman, the Tony winner will play a master strategist named Quellcrist Falconer in Laeta Kalogridis’ sci-fi drama from Skydance Television. The series explores what happens when the human mind becomes digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to another. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/renee-elise-goldsberry-exit-hamilton-910560

‘Shameless’ Enlists Sharon Lawrence for Key Season 7 Role
The ‘NYPD Blue’ grad will recur on the upcoming seventh season of the Showtime dramedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shameless-enlists-sharon-lawrence-key-910717

Brian Austin Green Exits Rosewood, Series-Regular Role to Be Recast
Brian Austin Green‘s new series-regular gig on Rosewood has come to an abrupt end. The 90210 vet, who signed on to play East Miami PD’s newest officer, has left the series in the middle of shooting his first episode. According to sources, Green and producers made the mutual decision that the role was not a good fit. http://tvline.com/2016/07/13/brian-austin-green-rosewood-leaving-fox-role-recast/

FEATURE NEWS:

Bill Kunstler To Adapt ‘Castle Hangnail’ For Disney And A Very Good Production
Bill Kunstlerhas been hired to adapt the Ursula Vernon children’s book Castle Hangnailinto a feature film at Disney. It centers on a 12-year old witch who becomes an unlikely new master to a motley crew of creatures. Ellen DeGeneresand Jeff Kleemanacquired the property last year for their shingle A Very Good Production. http://deadline.com/2016/07/bill-kunstler-adapt-children-book-castle-hangnail-disney-ellen-degeneres-1201786129/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Disney Renews ‘Descendants: Wicked World’ For Season 2
Descendants: Wicked World, the shortform series launched after Disney Channel’s 2015 telepic Descendants, has been renewed for a second season. Featuring three original songs and introducing new characters, Season 2 of two- to three-minute shorts is slated to begin airing this fall across multiple platforms including Disney Channel, VOD and YouTube. http://deadline.com/2016/07/descendants-wicked-world-renewed-season-two-disney-channel-1201786109/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

NBC Orders Business Competition Show ‘Funded’ With Rob Dyrdek, Tyra Banks
NBChas ordered business competition series Funded(working title), a show built around an investment fund that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for $1 million cash. Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Rob Dyrdek, businesswoman and model Tyra Banksand marketing guru and investor Rohan Oza will serve as mentors. http://deadline.com/2016/07/nbc-orders-business-competition-show-funded-rob-dyrdek-tyra-banks-1201786069/

John Cena Inks Development Deal With Leftfield Entertainment
Cena, who will host the ESPYs on Wednesday, will co-create and produce unscripted projects for TV and digital platforms. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/john-cena-leftfield-entertainment-development-910513

ID renews Vanity Fair series
Investigation Discovery (ID) has ordered a third season of Vanity Fair Confidential, created by True Entertainment in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment and ID, that chronicles crime stories that have featured in the magazine. http://www.c21media.net/id-renews-vanity-fair-series/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

FremantleMedia Belgium to Adapt Prison Drama ‘Wentworth’
FremantleMedia Belgium is set to co-produce the Flemish-language adaptation of “Wentworth,” the popular Australian prison drama, for Vier, a Flemish commercial network. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/fremantlemedia-belgium-to-adapt-prison-drama-wentworth-1201814199/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Gena McCarthy Upped To EVP Programming & Development At FYI
A+E Networks said that Gena McCarthyhas been promoted to EVP Programming and Development for FYI. http://deadline.com/2016/07/gena-mccarthy-promoted-executive-vp-fyi-1201786187/

Epix Hires NBCUniversal’s Jonathan Dakss as Chief Digital Officer
Epix has hired Jonathan Dakss, formerly head of NBCUniversal’s Media Labs, as chief digital officer. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/epix-jonathan-dakss-chief-digital-officer-1201814253/

Sally Willcox Joins Tobey Maguire’s Material Production Shingle
Longtime CAA literary agent Sally Willcox has joined Tobey Maguire’s production shingle Material. She will work alongside Material’s Matthew Plouffe, overseeing acquisition, development and production in TV and film, and she will report to Maguire. http://deadline.com/2016/07/sally-willcox-tobey-maguire-material-production-shingle-1201786369/

AWARDS NEWS:

2016 Emmy Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ Leads Field, ‘The Americans,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ Grab Series Bids
HBO’s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” once again leads the pack of contenders for the Primetime Emmy Awards, grabbing 23 nominations for its sixth season. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/2016-emmy-nominations-drama-comedy-series-game-of-thrones-1201813547/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Fox Prepares To Close Upfront Ad Sales With Across-Board Price Increases
Fox Networks Groupis preparing to wind things up after cutting deals with high-single-digit- to low-double-digit increases in per-viewer prices, we’re told. The operation sold 75%-80% of the inventory, contributing to a 5% gain in the total volume of sales at the Fox network, Fox Sports, FX Networks and National Geographic. http://deadline.com/2016/07/fox-wrap-upfront-ad-sales-price-increases-1201786121/

China’s Wanda is Front-Runner to Buy Paramount Stake
China’s Dalian Wanda group is the front-runner in talks to buy a 49% stake in Paramount Pictures from U.S. media conglomerate Viacom, according to reports. Sale talks are still proceeding, according to the Wall Street Journal, despite resistance from Viacom’s controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone. http://variety.com/2016/biz/asia/chinas-wanda-is-front-runner-to-buy-paramount-stake-reports-1201814045/

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