The Morning Update for Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, April 6, 2017:


Sam Raimi Inks First-Look Deal With Skydance TVTogether with his producing partner Debbie Liebling, they will develop projects for the small screen.

‘Sneaky Pete’ EP Fred Golan Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TVWriter-producer Fred Golan has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the two-year pact, he will continue to serve as an executive producer on Sony TV’s drama series Sneaky Pete, which Amazon has renewed for a second season. Additionally, he will develop new projects for broadcast, cable and streaming services.

‘Blindspot’ Co-EP Alex Berger Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TVBlindspot co-executive producer Alex Berger has closed an overall deal at Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the drama series that’s in its second season on NBC.

‘Will & Grace’ Revival Lands Additional-Episode Order From NBC
has ordered an additional two episodes of its revival of comedy “Will & Grace,” lifting the limited series’ total order to 12 episodes.


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Promotes Pair Ahead of Season 3
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
has promoted David Hull (who plays White Josh) and Scott Michael Foster (who plays Nathaniel) to series regular status ahead of the upcoming Season 3.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Taps ‘Teen Wolf’ Star Tyler Posey for ArcThe actor will make his debut in the season three finale of The CW comedy.

‘The Machine’: Katee Sackoff & Lance Henriksen Join Syfy’s AI PilotBattlestar Galactica alumna Katee Sackhoff, Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Jaeden Bettencourt (Hotel Transylvania 2) have joined the voice cast of Syfy’s artificial intelligence drama pilot The Machine. Based on the 2013 cult film, The Machine is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The project explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters.

Patrick Carlyle Joins Hulu’s ‘Future Man’; Ryan Dorsey In Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’
Patrick Carlyle
(Godless) is set for a recurring role inFuture Man, Hulu’s half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Ryan Dorsey (Justified) has booked a recurring role on the fifth season Showtime’s Ray Donovan, which premieres this summer.


YouTube TV goes live in five US cities, gears up to add more networks
YouTube TV
was announced at the end of February, and now the service is officially live. YouTube’s live TV-streaming service can be accessed by users in five US locations: New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The subscription cable-replacement service costs $35 per month, but YouTube is offering a free one-month trial. YouTube TV also offers unlimited cloud DVR so you can record as many shows as you want simultaneously and watch them later. Your account will save all those shows for nine months before the oldest content is deleted.

Business Insider Is Wading Into the Crowded Pool of News Programming With a Streaming Show
Henry Blodget
, the global editor in chief and CEO at Business Insider, is making the leap into market-driven business news TV. The Bottom Line, which Blodget will host, will stream on the wildly popular publication’s social media platforms.


Chris Hardwick To Host NBC’s ‘Red Nose Day Special’The Wall host Chris Hardwick continues to expand his relationship with NBC, The network has tapped to host thethird annualRed Nose Day Special on May 25.

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Celebrity Edition Recruits Stephen Amell, Derek Hough and Natalie MoralesSet to air on Thursday, May 25, as part of NBC’s annual Red Nose Day programming slate, ANW has lined up a roster of stars for a charity edition. Joining Stephen Amell are actress Mena Suvari, Parenthood alum Erika Christensen, ex-Yankees player Nick Swisher, DWTS’s Derek Hough, Olympian Ashton Eaton, the Today Show’s Natalie Morales, comic Jeff Dye and Inside Amy Schumer’s Nikki Glaser.

‘Hip Hop Squares’ Renewed For Season 2 By VH1
has picked up a second season of its hit game showHip Hop Squares.

Reboot Mania Makes Its Way to Reality TVSome of them haven’t been gone long enough to be missed — but all of them are returning. Reboot mania has spread to the unscripted series arena. Everything from A&E Network’s “Biography” to TLC’s “Trading Spaces” to Food Network’s “Iron Chef” to Discovery’s “Cash Cab” is being revived by hit-hungry networks.


Raw Looks to Grow U.S. Slate With Expanded Development Team
is set to expand its U.S. production slate with the announcement of two key appointments to its development team. The U.K. based international film and television production company has appointed Oliver Calleja to the newly created role of head of U.S. development, while Tom Lazenby has been promoted to head of scripted development across both Raw’s U.S. and U.K. TV slates.

Scripps Networks Promotes Courtney White to Head of Development for Food Network, Cooking Channel
Courtney White
, senior VP of programming and development for the Travel Channel, will now oversee development for fellow Scripps Networks Interactive brands the Food Network and Cooking Channel as well.

Fox Promotes Arnaldo D’Alfonso to Top Advertising Post
Twentieth Century Fox Film
has promoted veteran executive Arnaldo D’Alfonso to executive VP, global head of theatrical creative advertising and creative director.


Peabody Awards Finalists: ‘This Is Us,’ ‘O.J.: Made In America,’ ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Luke Cage’ & MoreSixty finalists have been named for the 2017 Peabody Awards, including Oscar-winning docu O.J.: Made in America, Emmy-winning comedy Veep, freshman FX comedies Atlanta and Better Things and breakout NBC drama This Is Us. Also making the cut are freshman Netflix dramas Stranger Things and Marvel’s Luke Cage.


THR: Writers Guild Promises Strike on May 2 If No Deal Is ReachedIn a letter to media buyers, the guild says it is seeking a $178 million per year deal and warns it will strike as soon as the current contract expires if no agreement is reached.

THR: Casting Group Reverses Course, Supports Accused Members in Pay-to-Play Audition ScandalThe professional organization sent out an email blast March 24 informing members of the launch of an online Casting Community Defense Fund. Organized by longtime NCIS casting director and CSA member Jason Kennedy, the fund’s stated goal is to raise $45,000 for the collective legal fight against the misdemeanor charges announced in February against “eighteen of our casting colleagues,” including fellow members Scott David, Becky Silverman, Ricki Maslar, Nancy Foy, Ty Harman and Peter Pappas.

Variety: MGM Sets $1 Billion Deal to Buy Out Viacom and Lionsgate From Epix Partnership
has reached a $1 billion deal to take full ownership of the Epix pay TV venture, buying out the stakes held by Viacom and Lionsgate.

TheOutline: TV has become an augmented reality gameIf there’s a defining metric for measuring 21st century success, it’s engagement. With the ability to do your own live commentary during debates, talk to celebrities on social media, and make memes out of last night’s Game of Thrones episode, television is basically an extension of the internet. Even the most boring of shows long ago became part of a vast augmented reality game.

Salon: You can’t escape your parents: More aging adults are moving closer to mom and dadThe Joneses are great-grandparents. Yet they’re among a growing group of seniors with a living parent, which means these 21st-century post-retirement years might well include parental caretaking. Expectations are altered amid the new reality of longer life expectancy and growing numbers of aged Americans.