The Morning Update for Friday, July 29, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, July 29, 2016. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ABC Buys DJ Nash Family Comedy ‘Losing It’ In Premium Deal
It’s been another very late start to the broadcast network buying season. In one of the higher-profile comedy deals so far, ABChas given a script with penalty commitment toLosing It, a single-camera family comedy from DJ Nash. Nash is executive producing the project with Aaron Kaplan from Kapital Entertainment. The comedy is set at ABC sibling ABC Studios. Written by Nash, Losing It is about three misfit adult siblings and their parents who — between divorce, new parenthood, early-onset dementia and let’s just say life — are all losing it in different ways. And family is the only way they’re going to find it. http://deadline.com/2016/07/dj-nash-family-comedy-losing-it-abc-1201794388/

Notorious B.I.G. Scripted Comedy in the Works at TBS
TBS announced that it is developing a scripted comedy inspired by the late rapper. Titled Think B.I.G., the series will chronicle the misadventures of an inner-city teen desperately trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son. The plot will be loosely based on his lyrics. The comedy is being produced and created by Mass Appeal, in partnership with Wayne Barrow of Bystorm Films and Voletta Wallace for Notorious B.I.G. Inc. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/notorious-big-scripted-comedy-works-915341

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Creator Inks Pod Deal at 20th TV, Hires Former Studio Exec to Head Development
Nahnatchka Khan has tapped Mandy Summers, formerly vp current programming at the studio, to oversee her Fierce Baby Productions banner. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fresh-boat-creator-inks-pod-915297

Netflix Renews ‘Flaked’ for Season 2
The news comes more than two months after THR reported that the Will Arnett comedy was near a deal for a sophomore run. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/official-netflix-renews-flaked-season-915320

Disney XD Renews ‘Walk the Prank’ for Season 2
Disney XD has renewed hidden-camera prank series “Walk the Prank” for a second season. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/walk-the-prank-disney-xd-season-2-renewed-1201824975/

CASTING NEWS:

Henry Czerny Returns To ‘Quantico’ In Major Recurring Role
Revenge alum Henry Czerny, who appeared in Quantico‘s season 1 finale as a guest star, is returning to the hit ABCdrama series in a major recurring role. http://deadline.com/2016/07/henry-czerny-returns-quantico-recurring-role-priyanka-chopra-1201794443/

Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches’ TV Movie for Lifetime
She is taking on the role originally played by Bette Midler in the 1988 feature film of the same name. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/idina-menzel-star-beaches-tv-915306

‘NCIS’ Star Boards HBO’s Oprah Winfrey Starrer ‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’
Rose Byrne co-stars in the premium cabler’s upcoming TV movie. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ncis-star-boards-hbos-oprah-915186

Castle’s Jon Huertas Joins This Is Us
Jon Huertas
will play Mike, co-worker and best friend of Milo Ventimiglia’s Jack. http://tvline.com/2016/07/29/jon-huertas-this-is-us-cast-season-1-nbc/

Tate Donovan Joins ‘The Man In The High Castle’
Tate Donovanhas been set to recur on Season 2 of The Man In The High Castle, Amazon’s alt-history drama series. http://deadline.com/2016/07/tate-donovan-the-man-in-the-high-castle-season-2-amazon-1201792343/

‘Disjointed’: Dougie Baldwin Cast In Netflix Pot Comedy Series From Chuck Lorre
Young Australian actor Dougie Baldwinhas landed a co-starring role opposite Kathy Bates in Disjointed, Netflix’s pot-themed workplace multi-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum and Warner Bros. TV. http://deadline.com/2016/07/disjointed-dougie-baldwin-cast-netflix-pot-comedy-series-chuck-lorre-1201794577/

Megan Fox Returning to New Girl for Major Season 6 Stint
Megan Fox has signed on to return to New Girl in Season 6 for a huge arc (as many as eight episodes!). http://tvline.com/2016/07/28/megan-fox-new-girl-season-6-returning-reagan-spoilers/

Vice President Biden is headed to Law & Order: SVU
The Associated Press is reporting that Vice President Joe Biden will be making an appearance on an upcoming episode of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. Biden will go on the sexual assault-focused series in order to discuss the United States’ massive and depressing backlog of thousands upon thousands of untested rape kits. http://www.avclub.com/article/vice-president-biden-headed-law-order-svu-240316

FEATURE NEWS:

‘The Rocketeer’ Reboot in the Works From Disney
The project, in the early development stages, is being looked at as a sequel-reboot and will be headlined by a black female character. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/rocketeer-disney-movie-reboot-works-915037

Meryl Streep Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel
Meryl Streep is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” http://variety.com/2016/film/news/meryl-streep-joins-emily-blunt-in-mary-poppins-sequel-exclusive-1201825001/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Esquire Network Renews ‘Friday Night Tykes’ and ‘Steel Country’ Spinoff
The docuseries will return for seasons four and two, respectively. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/esquire-renews-friday-night-tykes-915281

Blindfolded Kissing Reality Show ‘Kiss Bang Love’ Heads To FYI
FYIhas ordered ten hourlong episodes of blindfolded kissing reality show Kiss Bang Love from Kinetic Content (Married at First Sight) based on the international format. In Kiss Bang Love, currently in production, singles searching for love will participate in a new social experiment to find their match based on blindfolded kissing. http://deadline.com/2016/07/blindfolded-kissing-show-kiss-bang-love-fyi-clip-1201794238/

Fullscreen announces docu-series following Hope Solo, other U.S. athletes
Fullscreen announced a new docu-series about U.S. athletes called Kicking Score. The series, which will launch on Aug. 3 (just ahead of the summer games), will follow three of the best female athletes in the world —Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn — off the field and on the high stakes road to Rio. http://mashable.com/2016/07/28/fullscreen-docuseries-sports-us-athletes/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney’s Maker Studios Layoffs Underway As Part Of “Strategic Adjustments”
Disney’s Maker Studios confirmed today it’s in the midst of layoffs. The digital operation isn’t saying what prompted the changes, but we heard the number of employees affected is about 30. http://deadline.com/2016/07/disney-maker-studios-confirms-layoffs-1201794639/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

VH1 Names ‘Duck Dynasty’ EP Lily Neumeyer Development Chief
VH1 has tapped Lily Neumeyer, an A&E veteran and executive producer on “Duck Dynasty” and “The Wahlburgers,” as its new top development executive. As senior vice president, development, Neumeyer will oversee VH1’s development slate and report to executive VP, reality Nina L. Diaz. She will be based in New York. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/vh1-names-duck-dynasty-ep-lily-neumeyer-development-chief-exclusive-1201825761/

Tori Socha Upped To VP Original Series At Spike
Spike TVhas promoted Tori Sochato Vice President, Original Series. In her new position, Socha will continue to oversee both current series and original concepts for the network, with an aim to broaden and expand Spike’s non-scripted slate. She will continue to report to Chachi Senior, SVP Original Series. http://deadline.com/2016/07/tori-socha-promoted-vp-original-series-spike-tv-1201794416/

NBCUniversal Chief Steve Burke Extends Contract
Steve Burke has extended his contract and will remain in place as NBCUniversal CEO for another four years, according to regulatory filings. His initial deal with NBCUniversal’s parent company Comcast was set to expire in 2018. The new agreement takes Burke through August of 2020. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/steve-burke-nbcuniversal-1201825658/

Charter Communications Names John Bickham President
John Bickham, COO of Charter Communications, was appointed as the company’s new president on Thursday. Bickham joined Charter in 2012 and will now serve a dual role as president and COO of Charter, the second largest cable operator in the U.S. http://www.thewrap.com/charter-communications-names-john-bickham-president/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(TCA) /Film: Why Marvel TV Characters Are Unlikely to Appear in Marvel Films
Jeph Loeb
, president of Marvel Television, was on a Netflix panel for Luke Cage before the Television Critics Association. When asked if we could see any of the television characters, be it Luke Cage or Daredevil, in any of the Marvel movies, Loeb explained why it would be prohibitive to the television schedules. http://www.slashfilm.com/marvel-movie-tv-crossover/

Ars Technica: Apple’s negotiating tactics sunk its long-rumored TV service
The report, which it should be noted is sourced mostly from anonymous TV industry executives and not from anyone on Apple’s side of the negotiating table, lays most of the blame at the feet of SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. The executives say he showed up to a meeting with Time Warner late and underdressed ("jeans, tennis shoes with no socks, and a Hawaiian shirt," which to be fair does sound pretty much like the Eddy Cue we see at Apple events) and that his list of requests included on-demand seasons of popular shows and Tivo-esque cloud-based recordings of shows that would allow for ad skipping. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/07/report-apples-negotiating-tactics-sunk-its-long-rumored-tv-service/

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