The Morning Update for Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Alicia Silverstone To Star In ‘American Woman’ TV Land Pilot Inspired By Kyle Richards
Alicia Silverstone(Clueless) has been tapped to star in TV LandpilotAmerican Woman, inspired by the life of The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsKyle Richards. Silverstone will play Bonnie Nolan, a mother with two daughters who finds herself facing an entirely new world after she leaves her husband. As she struggles to raise her family, Bonnie sets out to claim her own brand of independence in a world not ready to give it. The pilot is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television for TV Land, and will be executive produced by Wells and John Riggi, who wrote the pilot script. http://deadline.com/2016/07/alicia-silverstone-star-american-woman-tv-land-pilot-kyle-richards-1201792337/

Freeform Orders Mermaid Drama ‘The Deep’
Freeform has picked up hourlong drama The Deep to pilot. The hourlong drama takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. Eric Wald and Dean White will write and executive produce the pilot. Scott Stewart will direct. Emily Whitesell is set as showrunner. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/freeform-orders-mermaid-drama-deep-914215

(preview) THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’16: CBS’ ‘Pure Genius’
Even with Jason Katims as creator, the drama is a pretty basic, gizmo-heavy CBS procedural. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/take-me-pilots-16-cbs-914236

CASTING NEWS:

Timothy Hutton Returning for ‘American Crime’ Season 3
The Golden Globe winner will join Felicity Huffman, Regina King and Richard Cabral in the John Ridley drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/timothy-hutton-sets-american-crime-914278

Michelle Dockery Cast in Netflix’s ‘Godless’
“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery has been cast as the female lead in Netflix’s upcoming mini-series “Godless.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/michelle-dockery-netflix-godless-steven-soderbergh-1201822221/

‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Casts Lilli Birdsell In Recurring Role For Season 4
Lilli Birdsell(Geek Charming) is joining ABCdrama series Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D in the upcoming fourth season in a recurring role. http://deadline.com/2016/07/marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-cast-lilli-birdsell-recurring-season-4-1201792492/

Halt and Catch Fire Season 3 Adds Scream Vet Matthew Lillard
Halt and Catch Fire will amplify its bandwith by increasing its cast in Season 3: The AMC drama has added Matthew Lillard as a put-together businessman who’ll have a major role in Joe’s business. http://tvline.com/2016/07/25/halt-and-catch-fire-matthew-lillard-cast-season-3/

The Real O’Neals Casts a Lesbian Friend for Kenny
Ramona Young has been cast as "Allison," whom Kenny befriends at St. Barklay’s. http://www.tvguide.com/news/real-oneals-season-2-kenny-lesbian-friend-ramona-young/

Nashville’s Will Chase Joins HBO Porn Drama The Deuce for Arc
Will Chase has booked a multi-episode arc on HBO’s forthcoming porn-themed period drama The Deuce. http://tvline.com/2016/07/26/will-chase-the-deuce-hbo-cast/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix, John Wells Team Up to Adapt ‘The Panama Papers’
Netflix is teaming with the Panama Papers journalists to adapt their story into a film. German investigative journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermaye, who wrote the book “Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money,” will team with the streaming service and John Wells Productions to bring the book to the screen. http://www.thewrap.com/netflix-john-wells-team-up-to-adapt-the-panama-papers/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Food Network Orders Travel Series With YouTube Star Hannah Hart
Hart will also produce digital content for the cable network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/food-network-orders-travel-series-914183

Ron Howard Docuseries ‘Breakthrough’ Renewed For Season 2 By Nat Geo Channel
National Geographic Channelhas ordered a second season of Breakthrough, executive produced by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment, for premiere in spring 2017. The anthology series focuses on the world’s leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements change lives in the immediate future and beyond. Brendan and Emmett Malloy join the executive producing team for Season 2 and also will direct. http://deadline.com/2016/07/ron-howard-docuseries-breakthrough-renewed-second-season-nat-geo-channel-1201792355/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Pop Network Names New Head of Programming
Justin Rosenblatt, formerly of The CW, will replace Paul Adler as the network’s new executive vp of programming and development. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pop-network-names-new-head-914248

20th TV Ups Ken Lawson To SVP & General Sales Manager For Broadcast Syndie Sales
Twentieth Television veteran Ken Lawsonhas a new title. Effective Monday, he is the company’s SVP and General Sales Manager of Broadcast Syndication Sales. http://deadline.com/2016/07/ken-lawson-twentieth-television-svp-general-sales-manager-broadcast-syndication-sales-1201792325/

Fox News Executive Michael Clemente Is Out
The former executive vp of news and editorial joined the cable news network in 2009. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-news-executive-michael-clemente-914445

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Fire on CBS Radford Studio Lot Leads to Evacuation
A fire on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City on Monday led to an evacuation of one of the lot’s buildings. The fire first broke out in the dimmer room of a sound stage at the studio – also known as the Radford lot – and was quickly extinguished, according to an individual familiar with the situation. Operations are expected to resume in the building shortly. http://www.thewrap.com/fire-on-cbs-radford-studio-lot-leads-to-evacuation/

THR: TCA Kick Off: Burning Questions for TV’s Top Executives
The Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour kicks off Wednesday and, over the next two weeks, will see broadcast networks, cable outlets and streaming services trot out scores of new and returning series. Here, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the burning questions facing many of the networks that will be in attendance for the biannual meet-up. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tca-kick-burning-questions-tvs-914506

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