The Morning Update for Friday, May 26, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, May 26, 2017. Have a great holiday weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From EP Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series
History
has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series. Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. “Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/history-robert-zemeckis-straight-to-series-1202444324/

‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO
HBO
has renewed comedy series “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” The new seasons for both shows will premiere in 2018. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/veep-silicon-valley-renewed-hbo-1202444447/

‘Law and Order: SVU’ Taps ‘Chicago Justice’ EP Michael Chernuchin as New Showrunner
Michael Chernuchin
has been selected as the new showrunner for Season 19 of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” Most recently, Chernuchin was the showrunner and executive producer on fellow Dick Wolf series “Chicago Justice,” which was canceled after one season. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/law-order-svu-new-showrunner-michael-chernuchin-1202445137/

David Barrett Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios
David Barrett
has signed a first-look deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the agreement, he will continue to serve as a co-executive producer and helmer on CBS’ Blue Bloods, in addition to developing new projects for broadcast, cable and streaming services. Barrett is also an exec producer on CBS’ Protect and Serve, an in-the-works drama about a Mexican-American family with deep roots in Los Angeles who are intertwined with the LAPD. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/david-barrett-inks-deal-cbs-television-studios-1007900

‘Suits’ Creator Aaron Korsh Inks New Overall Deal With Universal Cable Prods.Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh has closed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. Korsh will continue as showrunner on Suits, which is returning for a seventh season in July. Under the pact, he also will shepherd the planned Suits spinoff, starring Gina Torres as her Suits character Jessica Pearson, and will develop new projects. http://deadline.com/2017/05/suits-creator-aaron-korsh-overall-deal-universal-cable-prods-1202102408/

4 Ratings Lessons from the 2016-17 Broadcast TV Season
NBC
logs another win with adults 18-49, while sports remains invaluable to all and a few series — ‘This Is Us,’ ‘The Bachelor’ — make a big impression. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/4-ratings-lessons-2016-17-broadcast-tv-season-1007561

CASTING NEWS:

Sophia Bush Departs ‘Chicago P.D.’ After Four Seasons
“Chicago P.D.”
star Sophia Bush is leaving the NBC series after four seasons. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/sophia-bush-chicago-pd-exit-1202444910/

T.J. Miller to Exit ‘Silicon Valley’ Ahead of Season 5
T.J. Miller
will not be returning for the fifth season of “Silicon Valley” on HBO. “The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5,” HBO said in a statement. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tj-miller-exit-silicon-valley-season-5-1202444762/

‘Channel Zero’: Brandon Scott & Holland Roden Join Season 3 Of Syfy AnthologyBrandon Scott (Guerrilla) and Teen Wolf‘s Holland Roden are set as series leads for the third installment of Syfy anthology series Channel Zero. http://deadline.com/2017/05/channel-zero-brandon-scott-holland-roden-season-3-syfy-anthology-1202102278/

‘Goliath’ Ups Diana Hopper To Series Regular; Dominic Fumusa Also CastDiana Hopper, who recurred throughout the first season as Denise McBride, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. In addition, Nurse Jackie alum Dominic Fumusa has signed on in a recurring role. http://deadline.com/2017/05/goliath-promoted-diana-hopper-series-regular-dominic-fumusa-cast-1202102117/

‘Veep’: Original Cast Closes Deals To Return For Season 7 Of HBO ComedyTeam Selina Meyer will stay intact on HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy seriesVeep. The premium cable network has closed one-year deals with all original cast members on the show to return for the upcoming seventh season. That includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh. http://deadline.com/2017/05/veep-original-cast-deals-season-7-julia-louis-dreyfus-tony-hale-matt-walsh-1202102669/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Microsoft Relaunches Its Twitch Competitor as Mixer
Microsoft
relaunched Beam, the video game live streaming platform it acquired a year ago, under the new name Mixer. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/microsoft-beam-mixer-twitch-1202444398/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Ed Helms To Topline ‘The Fake News with Ted Nelms’ Special For Comedy CentralWe live in the era of fake news, and Comedy Central is celebrating it with a special starring and produced by Ed Helms. The Fake News with Ted Nelmsis exactly what it sounds like: a comedy special featuring absurd, made-up news that closely resembles real news, delivered by an absurd, made-up guy who closely resembles Ed Helms. http://deadline.com/2017/05/ed-helms-star-the-fake-news-with-ted-nelms-special-comedy-central-1202102344/

NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018
NBC
has delayed its plan produce “Bye Bye Birdie” toplined by Jennifer Lopez as live musical until next year. The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bye-bye-birdie-jennifer-lopez-nbc-upfront-2017-1202425236/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney CEO Bob Iger: Hacker Threat About Stolen Movie Was a Hoax
Disney
chief Bob Iger confirmed the company received a threat from cybercriminals who claimed to have stolen a digital copy of a movie — reported to be “Pirated of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” — but that the studio believes the claims were false. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/disney-ceo-bob-iger-hacking-movie-threat-hoax-1202444965/

Pixar Created An Experimental Shorts Division, First Film Is ‘Smash And Grab’
Pixar
has launched a new internal unit dedicated to experimental storytelling and creating shorts without executive oversight. Other aims of the program are to explore new creative visions and increase opportunities at the studio. The first film from the experimental unit is called Smash and Grab, and it’s directed by Brian Larsen, who was head of story on the studio’s recent Oscar-winning short Piper and story supervisor on Brave. http://www.cartoonbrew.com/pixar/pixar-created-experimental-shorts-division-first-film-smash-grab-151042.html

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Netflix, Amazon Pull Out of TCA Summer Press TourStreaming services Netflix and Amazon will not participate in the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour. CTAM, the cable- and broadband-television trade organization, released its schedule for summer press tour Wednesday. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/netflix-amazon-tca-1202444970/

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