The Morning Update for Monday, June 5, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, June 5, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) TV Series About Eleanor Roosevelt’s Love Affair With Lorena Hickok In Works At Imperative Entertainment
Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas
and Tim Kring’s Imperative Entertainment has acquired rights to Susan Quinn’s book, Eleanor And Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady, to develop as a television series. Shana Feste will write and direct the adaptation of the book, which recounts the warm, intimate story of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok. http://deadline.com/2017/06/eleanor-and-hick-tv-series-imperative-entertainment-eleanor-roosevelt-lorena-hickok-1202106104/

(from Fri) Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Ink Big New Overall Deal With ABC StudiosMichele Fazekas and Tara Buttershave signed a new three-year overall deal with ABC Studios where they have been based for the past four years. Under the rich pact, the duo will serve as executive producers and showrunners on The Gospel of Kevin, which they created. They also will continue to develop new projects through their Fazekas & Butters production company. http://deadline.com/2017/06/michele-fazekas-tara-butters-new-overall-deal-abc-studios-the-gospel-of-kevin-1202106492/

‘Chicago Fire’ Co-EP Michael Gilvary Inks Overall Deal With Universal TelevisionMichael Gilvary, one of the key writer-producers on Chicago Fire, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the NBC firefighter drama series, Universal Television. Under the two-year pact, Gilvary will continue to serve as co-executive producer on Dick Wolf/Uni TV’s Chicago Fire, which has been renewed by NBC for a sixth season. He also will develop new projects for the studio. http://deadline.com/2017/06/chicago-fire-michael-gilvary-overall-deal-universal-television-1202106726/

TVLine: ABC’s The Good Doctor: Our Fall TV First ImpressionThis has the potential to be a refreshingly thought-provoking hospital drama, based on the buttons pushed in the pilot alone. http://tvline.com/2017/06/02/the-good-doctor-preview-pilot-abc-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) Leah Remini Joins ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season 2 as Series Regular
Remini
previously guest-starred in two episodes of the CBS comedy opposite her former TV husband, Kevin James. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/leah-remini-joins-kevin-can-wait-as-series-regular-1009967

‘Kevin Can Wait’: Erinn Hayes Exits Ahead of Season TwoThe exit is surprising, given Hayes played James’ wife on the half-hour. However, the season finale hinted at a shake-up to the show’s format when Hayes’ character quit her job, leaving both her and her retired police-officer husband out of work. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kevin-can-wait-erinn-hayes-leaving-1010014

(from Fri) Anthony Edwards Joins ‘Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’The role brings Edwards back to NBC, where he starred on ‘ER.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/anthony-edwards-joins-law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-1009879

(from Fri) Paul Dano Joins Showtime’s Ben Stiller Limited Series ‘Escape at Dannemora’The ‘Swiss Army Man’ actor is the latest film star to join the cast, which also includes Benicio Del Toro and Patricia Arquette. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/paul-dano-joins-showtimes-ben-stiller-limited-series-escape-at-dannemora-1009772

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Glass Ceiling For Female Directors & Stomps On ‘Iron Man’ With $103.1M Debut
Warner Bros./DC’s
Wonder Womanbeat its Sunday projections and will end her three-day reign with $103.1 million at the domestic box office. The Patty Jenkins-directed movie also reps the best opening ever for a female director. http://deadline.com/2017/06/wonder-woman-captain-underpants-weekend-box-office-opening-1202106462/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(analyst) Netflix subscriber numbers to hit 128m by 2022
Netflix’s
subscriber count is tipped to reach 128 million by 2022, with the number of international viewers expected to exceed those in the US by early 2018. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/703231/netflix-subscriber-numbers-to-hit-128m-by-2022/

Amazon Studios Has More Plans for Kids
Amazon Studios
has more in store for kids. After recently winning Emmys for series focused on younger viewers such as “Lost in Oz”, “The Snowy Day,” “Little Big Awesome” and “Tumble Leaf,” the company’s video arm has plans to expand, says Tara Sorensen, head of kids’ programming for Amazon Studios. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/amazon-studios-kids-tara-sorensen-1202453870/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Hackers Leak 8 Episodes of Unaired ABC Show ‘Steve Harvey’s Funderdome’The hacker who previously leaked almost the entire 5th season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” targeted ABC with a new leak Sunday night, apparently releasing eight episodes of the network’s still-unaired show “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on The Pirate Bay. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/steve-harveys-fundeerdome-leak-1202453754/

Cheddar Jumps to TV in Fusion DealBusiness news startup Cheddar has struck a deal with Fusion to bring its live programming to the cable channel. Under the deal Cheddar programming will air on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Fusion network. It will premiere later this month. Cheddar, founded by former BuzzFeed and DailyMail executive Jon Steinberg, has been live broadcasting its finance and business programming from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange since last year. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cheddar-jumps-tv-fusion-deal-1010098

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

NBC Hires Steven Hein as Senior VP of Digital Content
Steven Hein
, most recently Legendary Digital Networks’ head of programming and production, has joined NBC as senior VP of digital content. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/nbc-steven-hein-svp-digital-content-1202452062/

Former Sony TV Chief Steve Mosko in Talks for Role at Sinclair
Steve Mosko
, who led Sony Pictures Television until he departed the studio last June, is in talks to take on a key role at Sinclair Broadcast Group. With Sinclair poised to acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, Mosko is being eyed in order to put his original programming experience to use as the combined station groups move to expand their operations. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/former-sony-tv-chief-steve-mosko-in-talks-for-role-at-sinclair-report-1202453428/

Noel Hedges Joins eOne TV As EVP Acquisitions; Lionsgate Takes UK For ‘London Heist’ – Global Briefs
Entertainment One
has hired former DRG executive Noel Hedges as EVP of Acquisitions for its eOne Television division. http://deadline.com/2017/06/noel-hedges-joins-eone-tv-as-evp-acquisitions-lionsgate-takes-uk-london-heist-1202107341/

(q&a) TheWrap: Netflix Chief Ted Sarandos Uncensored: Why Blockbusters Are DoomedQ: So there’s no such thing as too much content?

Sarandos: One hundred percent correct. I believe there is no such thing. Everything is not for everyone. If everything was for everyone then yeah, I would agree. We’re programming for 93 million unique tastes, so I don’t think we are anywhere near too much programming. http://www.thewrap.com/netflix-chief-ted-sarandos-uncensored-blockbusters-doomed-exclusive/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(feature) LAT: Can America’s moviegoing habit be saved? The past, present and uncertain future of the multiplexThe Golden Age of the multiplex is in the past. Or is it? Theater owners are luring a new generation with upgraded screens, seats and snacks. Even with rising prices — not to mention tech distractions and rude patrons — we still fall for that old cinema magic. Join us as our reporters and critics explore the past, present and future of moviegoing. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-mn-moviegoing-future-multiplex-golden-age-20170602-htmlstory.html

(analyst) CNN: Malls are doomed: 25% will be gone in 5 yearsBetween 20% and 25% of American malls will close within five years, according to a new report out from Credit Suisse. That kind of plunge would be unprecedented in the nation’s history. …The report estimates that as malls close, online sales will grow from 17% of retail sales today to 35% by 2030. http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/02/news/economy/doomed-malls/index.html

Backchannel: How the trendiest grilled cheese venture got burntThe Melt’s blundering trajectory is instructive, as Silicon Valley wunderkinds seek to recast everyday objects with help from algorithms and apps. Entrepreneurs frequently embark on these missions with vast sums of money and a deep belief in technology’s power to solve all problems — which is not always a formula for success in the brick-and-mortar business of ordinary life. https://backchannel.com/how-the-trendiest-grilled-cheese-venture-got-burnt-aa627b0c7ae1

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