The Morning Update for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, April 26, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Fox Network Buys Erica Oyama Family Comedy From Kapital EntertainmentFox has put in development a half-hour single-camera comedy series written by Erica Oyama, creator, writer and executive producer of the Yahoo/E! comedy series Burning Love, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project is part of Fox’s initiative to buy and develop more series outside of the traditional pilot cycle. Based on Oyama’s life, the family comedy centers on Olivia, a single mom who returns to Alabama where her Japanese karate-master father still lives and teaches. She joins the family business while enlisting her father’s help in toughening up her pessimistic 9-year-old son. http://deadline.com/2017/04/fox-erica-oyama-comedy-kapital-entertainment-1202077170/

AMC Networks Teams With Charter To Co-Produce Original ContentIs Charter Communications entering the content business? Kind of, it seems, with a deal announced to co-produce “distinct, high-quality original programming” for its customers in a partnership with AMC NetworksAMC Studios. “The partnership will give Spectrum customers access to content created specifically for them, further differentiating Charter’s platform and services,” the companies say. http://deadline.com/2017/04/amc-networks-teams-charter-co-produce-original-content-1202077690/

‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Supersized Season 3 at AMCSeason three will consist of 16 episodes — up from six in season one and 10 in the current sophomore run. The martial arts drama will return in 2018. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/badlands-renewed-supersized-season-3-at-amc-997178

Nickelodeon Renews ‘Hunter Street’ For Season 2Nickelodeon‘s adventure-comedy seriesHunter Street has been officially renewed for a 20-episode Season 2. The show stars Stony Blyden, Mae Mae Renfrow, Kyra Smith, Thomas Jansen, and Daan Creyghton, as five foster children in Amsterdam who attempt to find out what happened to their disappearing foster parents, Erik (Ronald Top) and Kate Hunter (Tooske Ragas). http://deadline.com/2017/04/nickelodeon-renews-hunter-street-season-2-1202076792/

(sched) ABC Sets Season Finale DatesABC has set spring season finale dates for its scripted and unscripted series. American Crime is up first with its Season 3 finale airing Sunday, April 30 at 10 PM. Comedy series black-ish follows on Wednesday, May 10 at 9:30 PM. Dancing With The Stars is the last to wrap on Tuesday, May 23 at 8:30 PM. http://deadline.com/2017/04/abc-season-finale-dates-1202077203/

(review) THR: ‘American Gods’The world building takes time and can be confusing, but the end result could be a genre hit for Starz as it brings Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed book ‘American Gods’ to life. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/american-gods-review-997289

CASTING NEWS:

Mark Consuelos Joins ‘Riverdale’ For Season 2; ‘Suits’ Casts Dulé HillMark Consuelos (Pitch) has joined the cast of the CW’s Riverdale as a new series regular for Season 2. Psych alum Dulé Hill has signed on to the Season 7 cast of USA’s drama series Suits for a season-long arc. http://deadline.com/2017/04/mark-consuelos-cast-riverdale-season-2-suits-dule-hill-1202077582/

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Enlists ‘Narcos’ Alum, Venezuelan Actress
Carla Baratta
has signed on for a series regular role on ‘Mayans MC.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sons-anarchy-spinoff-casts-carla-baratta-maurice-compte-997275

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

DC to Launch Digital Service With Greg Berlanti’s ‘Titans’
DC Entertainment
is teaming with Warner Bros. Digital Network Group for a new digital service launching in 2018. Two of the first series offered on the new platform will be a live-action series, Titans, from exec producers Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter, as well as the upcoming third season of animated series, Young Justice: Outsiders. Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti will write Titans, which will be produced by Warner Bros. TV in association with Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions. The series pickup for Titans comes a year after TNT passed on the project, which then hailed from Goldsman and Marc Haimes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dc-entertainment-launch-digital-service-greg-berlanti-akiva-goldsman-series-titans-997155

Twitter gears up for ‘24-hour live video streaming’
Twitter
is gearing up to stream live video around the clock through its apps and website, in a move that will establish it as a 24/7 online broadcaster. Twitter COO and CFO Anthony Noto said: “Our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to see what’s happening, you think of going to Twitter.” He claimed that Twitter will “definitely have 24/7 content” and indicated it is working on more programming, but didn’t say when the micro-blogging network would start streaming full-time. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/688682/twitter-gears-up-for-24-hour-live-video-streaming/

(sched) ‘The Tick’ Gets August Premiere Date On AmazonAmazon has slotted Friday, August 25 for the launch of its new superhero comedy series The Tick. A co-production with Sony TV, The Tick centers on an underdog accountant with zero powers who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. http://deadline.com/2017/04/the-tick-premiere-date-amazon-1202077678/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ESPN To Lay Off About 100 Employees Including On-Air Personalities And WritersESPN confirmed that there’ll be a new round of layoffs today that one source says could hit about 100 of the company’s roughly 1,000 public facing on-air announcers and dot-com writers. No one has been identified yet. These disclosures likely will trickle out once the people affected are told. http://deadline.com/2017/04/espn-lay-off-100-employees-on-air-personalities-writers-1202077674/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Alibaba’s Youku to Produce Chinese Version of ‘Saturday Night Live’
NBCUniversal
unveiled a partnership with Chinese streaming video platform Youku, a unit of Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group, which will produce a local version in China of NBC’s iconic sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Youku, one of China’s leading streaming video services along with Tencent Video and Baidu’s iQiyi service, is planning to make SNL its flagship entertainment show for the 2017 fall/winter schedule. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alibabas-youku-produce-chinese-version-saturday-night-live-997607

TWDC NEWS:

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ to World Premiere at Shanghai Disneyland
Johnny Depp
, Jerry Bruckheimer and other stars are set to attend the event, which will mark the first time a Hollywood movie premieres in mainland China. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pirates-caribbean-5-world-premiere-at-shanghai-disneyland-997583

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jonathan Helfgot Exits Open Road for Marketing Post at Fox
Jonathan Helfgot
has left Open Road to join 20th Century Fox as the studio’s executive vp theatrical marketing. Screen Gems grad Loren Schwartz is taking over the reins at Open Road, where Helfgot was for a little over one year. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jonathan-helfgot-exits-open-road-evp-marketing-at-fox-997154

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Tensions Rise in Hollywood as Emboldened Writers Guild Renews NegotiationsWith a possible writers strike starting in a week, tensions are rising markedly in Hollywood due to the massive uncertainty that’s been injected into the entertainment business. Studios and companies have been holding contingency meetings to plot out the scenarios that incorporate a work stoppage that could come as early as May 2. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/writers-guild-renews-negotiations-1202395728/

Deadline: WGA Establishes Strike Fund In Preparation For WalkoutIn a clear sign the WGA is gearing up for a possible strike, the WGA West is moving to establish a strike fund to assist members who will be facing financial hardships in the event of a prolonged walkout. A Strike Fund Committee has been established, and rules governing the allotment of strike loans are now pending approval by the guild’s board of directors. http://deadline.com/2017/04/writers-guild-strike-fund-wga-walkout-plan-1202077083/

Deadline: TV Upfronts 2017 Schedule: Fewer Agency Parties Amid WGA Strike Fears; CBS Tackles Unexpected VacancyAs usual, ABC’s presentation is slated to feature a roast by Jimmy Kimmel, a long-time upfronts highlight. As we reported, a writers strike could impact his and other late-night comedians’ upfront appearances as some of their material is written last minute. Additionally, writers may choose to picket the networks’ upfront presentations, which could prevent talent from attending. http://deadline.com/2017/04/upfronts-2017-schedule-parties-lineup-writers-strike-1202076341/

(video) Lifehacker: Why Conspiracy Theories Are So AppealingMany conspiracy theories appeal to the basic ways we process information. We are, for example, hard-wired to believe in intentional causality. That means that when you’re camping and you hear a rustling bush, you probably assume there’s a dangerous animal lurking around. You know it’s probably just the wind, but still, it feels safer to assume the source is a threat. That same paranoia pops up all the time when you don’t quite understand the cause of something. …And then there’s pattern recognition, one of the fundamental traits of how we see the world and communicate with each other. Our brains are constantly searching for patterns but sometimes find them where there are none. http://lifehacker.com/why-conspiracy-theories-are-so-appealing-1794604180

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