The Morning Update for Friday, August 12, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, August 12, 2016. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Frankie Shaw to Adapt Short Film ‘SMILF’ as Showtime Comedy Pilot
The ‘Office’ duo of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will exec produce the ABC Studios pilot starring the ‘Mr. Robot’ favorite alongside Michael London. Set in Boston, SMILF will take a raw look at a single 20-something whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young motherhood. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/frankie-shaw-adapt-short-film-918985

‘Brave New World’ To Be Adapted By Grant Morrison & Brian Taylor For Syfy
Grant Morrisonand Brian Taylorhave been tapped to adapt Aldous Huxley’s novelBrave New Worldfor Syfy, Universal Cable Productions and Amblin TV. UCP is also developing Happy! for Syfy, an adaptation of a graphic novel originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson. Morrison and Taylor are set as executive producers and co-wrote the pilot; Taylor is attached to direct. http://deadline.com/2016/08/grant-morrison-brian-taylor-adapt-aldous-huxley-brave-new-world-syfy-1201802177/

Seth Rogen Prepping New FX Comedy Series About the Singularity
Seth Rogen
and Evan Goldberg are gearing up to write and produce a new half-hour comedy television series about the singularity for FX.Rogen let the news slip while appearing on the Nerdist podcast promoting his latest film Sausage Party. The technological singularity is the hypothesis that “the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.” http://www.slashfilm.com/seth-rogen-singularity/

Brett Ratner’s RatPac Unveils ‘In Harm’s Way’: Multi-Platform Anthology Series Inspired By UN Work
Brett Ratnerand James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment announced In Harm’s Way, a scripted multi-platform project inspired by the United Nations’ work around the world. Created by emerging British filmmaker David Raymond, the event-driven anthology mini-series will dramatize true stories of UN staff who risk their lives working to ensure that the organization fulfills its mandate. http://deadline.com/2016/08/in-harms-way-brett-ratner-ratpac-unveils-in-harms-way-1201802288/

Showtime Renews ‘Ray Donovan’ for Season 5
Production on the 12-episode season is set to begin next year. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ray-donovan-renewed-season-5-918983

‘Homeland’ Renewed For Seasons 7 & 8 By Showtime
Showtimehas closed a deal with Fox 21 TV Studios to lock its flagship drama series Homelandfor 3 more seasons, starting with the already picked up upcoming sixth season. The additional pickup will be for Seasons 7 and 8 of the terrorism drama. http://deadline.com/2016/08/homeland-renewed-season-7-season-8-tca-1201802372/

The Flash and Supergirl Teaming Up for Musical Two-Parter
The CW’s Supergirl and The Flash will team up — musically — in a two-part episode airing during the second half of the 2016-17 TV season. http://tvline.com/2016/08/11/supergirl-the-flash-musical-episode-two-parter/

CASTING NEWS:

Taran Killam to Star in Jason Katims’ Showtime Pilot ‘Mating’; Jay Pharoah to Topline ‘White Famous’
Killam has been tapped to star in Mating, the comedic anthology pilot from Jason Katims, while Pharoah will topline the cabler’s Jamie Foxx comedy White Famous. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/taran-killam-star-jason-katims-918989

‘Pitch’ Enlists Wendie Malick for Key Recurring Role
The ‘Hot in Cleveland’ grad has joined the upcoming Fox baseball drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pitch-enlists-wendie-malick-key-918944

Mena Suvari Cast in TV Land’s ‘American Woman’
Mena Suvari has been tapped to star in TV Land’s comedy pilot “American Woman,” opposite Alicia Silverstone. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/mena-suvari-american-woman-alicia-silverstone-tv-land-1201835841/

Dolph Lundgren to Guest Star on ‘Arrow’
Lundgren will play a villain on The CW show in a series of flashbacks set in Russia. http://www.thewrap.com/dolph-lundgren-to-guest-star-on-arrow/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

CW Seed Sets Gay Superhero DC Series From Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim
On the heels of Vixen, CW Seedis introducing another superhero series with an eye toward joining the CW’s DC Universe. The animated Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which comes from the uber-producer behind the CW’s DC Universe, Greg Berlanti, and one of his top lieutenants, Marc Guggenheim — will introduce the first gay superhero to lead a show. http://deadline.com/2016/08/cw-seed-freedom-fighters-the-ray-greg-berlanti-marc-guggenheim-1201802118/

Microsoft’s Xbox Group Acquires Live-Streaming Game Startup Beam, Taking on Twitch
Microsoft’s Xbox division has snapped up Beam Interactive, a startup whose live-streaming service lets users not only watch their favorite gamers but also play along with them. With the deal, Xbox is looking to one-up Twitch, the live game broadcaster Amazon bought in 2014 for a reported $970 million. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/microsoft-xbox-beam-acquisition-1201835603/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

TBS Orders James Corden, Ben Winston ‘Late Late Show’ Bit ‘Drop the Mic’ to Series
The series will pit celebrities against each other in a rap battle every week. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tbs-orders-james-corden-ben-918965

(sched) ESPN, ABC Pick & Roll With Record 100 Regular-Season NBA Games
ESPNand ABC’s five-game December 25 schedule features a rematch of the 2016 Finals, a Boston-New York clash and the Battle of Los Angeles. That’s just one part of the sprawling, 100-game regular-season NBA package the Disney corporate siblings unveiled. http://deadline.com/2016/08/nba-schedule-espn-abc-lebron-james-stephen-curry-1201802474/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Channel Renews ‘Elena of Avalor’ for Season 2
Disney is ordering more of its first Latina princess. Disney Channel’s “Elena of Avalor” has been renewed for a second season. The Princess Elena character has also made her introduction at Walt Disney World and will debut at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in the fall. http://www.thewrap.com/disney-channel-elena-of-avalor-season-2/

Disney’s ‘Born in China’ Heads for Release
Disney
will Friday release its first Chinese-made feature documentary under the ‘Disneynature’ label. The picture, “Disneynature: Born in China” takes a look at the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty that is unique to China, including rare footage of endangered snow leopards and giant pandas. http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/disneys-born-in-china-heads-for-release-1201836067/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming Ink First-Look Deal With Constantin Film
Constantin Filmis teaming up with Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming of Court Five Productions. Constantin and Court Five just signed a first-look deal with plans to develop and produce TV and feature projects together. http://deadline.com/2016/08/mark-ordesky-jane-fleming-enter-first-look-deal-with-constantin-film-1201802205/

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