The Morning Update for Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, August 4, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Christodora’ Limited Series From ‘Little Men’ Duo & Cary Fukunaga In Works At Paramount TV
Paramount TV has optioned Tim Murphy’s new novel Christodorafor a limited TV series. Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias will write the adaptation, with Sachs set to direct. Cary Fukunaga will produce through his company Parliament of Owls. Christodora follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. http://deadline.com/2016/08/christodora-limited-series-little-men-cary-fukunaga-tim-murphy-paramount-tv-1201797694/

Netflix joins ITV thriller
Netflix has agreed its first coproduction deal with UK commercial broadcaster ITV on a forthcoming drama from StudioCanal prodco Red Production Company. Paranoid, written by Bill Gallagher, tells the story of a female doctor who is murdered in a rural children’s playground surrounded by eyewitnesses. The eight-part drama follows a group of detectives who embark on what seems to be a straightforward murder investigation, but as they delve deeper into the case they are quickly drawn into a dark mystery that takes them across Europe. http://www.c21media.net/netflix-joins-itv-thriller/

‘Suits’ renewed for Season 7 at USA
USA has picked up a seventh season of its drama series “Suits.” The pickup comes three episodes into Season 6, which is averaging a 0.5 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 1.76 million viewers. With three days of DVR playback, those numbers rise to 0.9 in the demo and 3 million viewers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/08/03/suits-renewed-for-season-7-at-usa/

‘Powers’ canceled by PlayStation Network
PlayStation Network has cancelled superhero drama “Powers” after two seasons, creator Brian Michael Bendis announced via Twitter on Wednesday. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/08/03/powers-canceled-by-playstation-network/

(sched) USA Reclaiming Sunday As Original Night With New Drama Series ‘Eyewitness’
USA once again is expanding its original scripted slate into Sunday with new drama Eyewitness, which will debut Oct 19, airing at 10 PM. http://deadline.com/2016/08/usa-sunday-as-original-night-eyewitness-1201798310/

Syfy Sets Fall Premiere Dates For ‘Incorporated’, ‘Van Helsing’ & Others
Syfyannounced that it will debut the futuristic thriller Incorporatedon Wednesday November 30. Syfy also announced premiere dates for new series Van Helsing(Friday, September 23), Channel Zero: Candle Cove (Tuesday, September 27) and Aftermath(Tuesday, September 27), and the return of Z Nation with a special two-hour Season 3 premiere (Friday, September 16). http://deadline.com/2016/08/syfy-premiere-dates-incorporated-van-helsing-aftermath-z-nation-tca-1201797664/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Code Black’ Adds Kathleen Rose Perkins For Season 2
Kathleen Rose Perkins(Episodes) has booked a major recurring role on the second season of CBSmedical drama series Code Black. She will play Amanda Nolan, a formidable psychiatrist at Angels Memorial. http://deadline.com/2016/08/code-black-kathleen-rose-perkins-cast-season-2-cbs-1201797957/

‘Pitch’ Adds JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Cast Lineup
Fox’s upcoming baseball series Pitch has enlisted JoAnna Garcia Swisher for a recurring role. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pitch-adds-joanna-garcia-swisher-916531

‘Incorporated’: Denyse Tontz Joins Syfy Thriller From Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
Denyse Tontz (The Fosters) has booked a series regular role on Incorporated,Syfy’s upcoming futuristic thriller series from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Prods. http://deadline.com/2016/08/incorporated-denyse-tontz-syfy-thriller-matt-damon-ben-affleck-1201797889/

My Boys Vet Books Recurring Role on Superstore
Michael Bunin will kick off his arc in the Season 2 premiere. http://www.tvinsider.com/article/94502/my-boys-vet-books-recurring-role-on-superstore/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Machinima Inks Amazon SVOD Pact In Further Shift Away From YouTube
Machinima is coming to Amazon Prime Video as an add-on subscription service — the latest move by the digital programmer centered on fandom and gamer culture to diversify revenue beyond YouTube. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/machinima-amazon-svod-youtube-sky-1201829507/

Seeso Sets Launch Date For Comic ‘Debate Wars’ With Michael Ian Black
Comedy streaming channel Seesotoday set a September 22 launch date for Debate Wars, a comedy debate show tackling such burning topics as cats versus dogs and pie versus cake. Moderated by Michael Ian Black, the show pits two teams of comedians and improvisers against one another in the “Debatium,” where they’ll debate the “babies versus old people”-style topics in front of a live audience. http://deadline.com/2016/08/seeso-debate-wars-launch-trailer-michael-ian-black-1201797645/

The ‘Netflix tax’ is starting
Watch out: The "Netflix tax" is coming. At least in Pennsylvania. The state legislature there recently extended its 6 percent sales tax to digital downloads and subscription services like Netflix and Hulu. The fee will also apply to streaming and downloads for music, e-books and apps. http://mashable.com/2016/08/02/netflix-tax-pennsylvania/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Sara Haines New ‘The View’ Co-Host, Jedediah Bila Joins Sunny Hostin As Guest Hosts, Whoopi Goldberg Back As Den Mom
Sara Hainesis the new co-host of The View, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris and Raven-Symoné, all of whom are returning next season. Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin “will appear frequently throughout the season,” ABC News said in its announcement. http://deadline.com/2016/08/whoopi-goldberg-sarah-haines-jedediah-bila-the-view-1201797940/

Japan’s ‘Ninja Warrior’ Competition Series Coming To Esquire Network
Ninja Warrior, the original obstacle course competition series from Japan and precursur to American Ninja Warrior and spinoff Team Ninja Warrior, is heading to Esquire Network. http://deadline.com/2016/08/japan-ninja-warrior-competition-series-esquire-network-1201797931/

(sched) Mariah Carey Gets Premiere Date for E!’s Docu-series ‘Mariah’s World’
Fans will soon get to peek behind the curtain in “Mariah’s World.” Pop diva Mariah Careyhas gotten a Dec. 4 premiere date in North America for the eight-part docu-series, which takes a look at her private life and family relationships. http://www.thewrap.com/mariah-carey-gets-premiere-date-for-es-docu-series-mariahs-world/

Gwyneth Paltrow & Will.i.am Join Apple Reality Series ‘Planet Of The Apps’
Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am and digital entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk have signed on toPlanet of the Apps, a new unscripted series co-produced by Propagate and Apple. All three will serve as mentors and advisors to the app developers selected for the series, and Paltrow and will.i.am. also will executive produce the project. http://deadline.com/2016/08/gwyneth-paltrow-will-i-am-apple-reality-series-planet-of-the-apps-1201798402/

TWDC NEWS:

ESPN’s Tom Jackson Retiring After 29 Years to Spend Time With Family
This weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement event, ESPN analyst Tom Jackson will wrap his 29-year career with the cabler, retiring to spend more time with his family. http://tvline.com/2016/08/03/tom-jackson-retiring-espn-final-airdate-video/

‘Frozen’ Broadway Musical Loses Director
Disney Theatrical Productions and director Alex Timbers have parted ways on the brewing Broadway production of “Frozen.” http://variety.com/2016/legit/news/frozen-broadway-musical-director-exit-1201829617/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Shondaland Adds Head of Production, Marketing and Branding Executives
ABC’s Kristen Andersen will head marketing, while Sara Fischer oversees production and Sandie Bailey will oversee branding. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shondaland-adds-head-production-marketing-917052

How One Of The Biggest Fall Shows Is Breaking Down Plus-Size Stereotypes
When the trailer for NBC’s upcoming family drama This Is Us became the most watched ever for a new series, actor Chrissy Metz realized she was about to become a poster child for plus-size women everywhere. And as Kate, a female character who struggles with her weight, Metz is ready to represent, particularly given how scarce plus-size women are on television. "So to actually have [a character with] some substance and actually tell a story that other people can relate to… We need to write more of those stories. We need to not always be the butt of the joke." https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/this-is-us-plus-size-actor-chrissy-metz

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: TV Pilot Production in Los Angeles Down 13 Percent
According to a new report released Wednesday by nonprofit FilmL.A.’s research division, a total of 201 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (123 dramas, 78 comedies) were produced during the 2015-16 development cycle, just one shy of last year’s count — and of those 201 pilots, a total of 79 (25 dramas, 54 comedies) were filmed in the Los Angeles region. The figure marks a 13 percent drop from last year when 91 pilot projects filmed in L.A. It’s also the lowest number of pilots produced in the region in the last six years. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-pilot-production-los-angeles-916884

FT: Hulu valued at $5.8bn on Time Warner stake
Time Warner
has paid $583m for a 10 per cent stake in Hulu, valuing the video streaming company at $5.8bn, as the owner of HBO and CNN looks to appeal to a generation of “cord-cutting” consumers who are eschewing traditional television in favour of streaming. Hulu, the streaming site known for making episodes of TV shows available the day after they air, said in May that it would launch a live-TV service to directly compete with cable television providers. As part of the agreement with Time Warner, programmes from Turner’s TV channels — including TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network — will be included in Hulu’s live-streaming service which is slated to launch next year.

(subscription) http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4b1cdde6-5988-11e6-9f70-badea1b336d4.html#axzz4GHjvv2R9

Ringer: Can Millennials Take a Joke?
By and large, the comedians that are currently striking a chord with millennials are not interested in offending marginalized groups so much as deriving humor from their specific truths. The success of Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Ali Wong, Key & Peele, Chelsea Peretti, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, and Tig Notaro all, to some extent, bears this out. In their own ways, each of these comics represents a viewpoint that has been underrepresented in the art form’s history. If comedy is all about boldly confronting taboos, what could be more taboo than giving voice to those who have so often been shut out of conversations? https://theringer.com/can-millennials-take-a-joke-542f58bd7efb#.75224cwjw

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