The Morning Update for Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, June 6, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live Action TV Series in the Works
“Cowboy Bebop,”
a critically and commercially successful 1998 Japanese anime series, is set to be adapted into a live action television series by Tomorrow Studios. The live action version will be executive produced by Sunset Inc. as well as Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg. “Cowboy Bebop,” which takes place in 2071 in the original version, follows Spike Spiegel and his gang of bounty hunters, also known as cowboys, as they cavort around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/cowboy-bebop-live-action-tv-series-1202454831/

Hit web series Brown Girls is coming to HBOWriter Fatimah Asghar and director Sam Bailey’s web series Brown Girlsjust premiered in February, but it’s already gotten so much buzz that the two of them have signed a deal with HBO to adapt Brown Girlsfor TV. Brown Girls is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties. http://www.avclub.com/article/hit-web-series-brown-girls-coming-hbo-256352

ESPN to Air Jalen Rose’s Passed-Over ABC PilotThe network is giving ‘Jalen vs. Everybody’ a prime sampling window after its sister network opted not to pick it up. The Jalen vs. Everybody pilot will Tuesday evening, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT after an abbreviated episode of First Take. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/espn-air-jalen-roses-passed-abc-pilot-1010369

‘Taken’ Taps ‘Person of Interest’ Grad as Season 2 Showrunner
Greg Plageman
takes over for Alexander Cary on the second season of the TV remake. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/taken-greg-plageman-named-season-2-showrunner-1010227

(review) Variety: ‘Claws’ on TNT
As a vehicle for exploring this world, “Claws” is fascinating. As a storytelling machine, it’s a little less so. …And though “Claws” admirably avoids judging this world, it still struggles with tone. The drama can’t quite decide how funny, smart, or pathetic it wants to be, and that can make for a jarring viewing experience. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/tv-review-claws-niecy-nash-carrie-preston-dean-norris-1202448219/

CASTING NEWS:

Julia Roberts In Talks for Sam Esmail Drama Series ‘Homecoming’
Julia Roberts
is in talks to headline the TV drama series Homecoming, executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Based on the fictional podcast of the same name, Homecoming is described as a political thriller centering on a caseworker at a secret government facility. Roberts would play the caseworker’s supervisor. The podcast’s creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg will pen the adaptation. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/julia-roberts-talks-sam-esmail-drama-homecoming-1010189

Julianne Nicholson Joins ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’This marks her fourth collaboration with exec producer Dick Wolf. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/julianne-nicholson-joins-law-order-true-crime-1010416

Sarah Hyland to Guest Star on Freeform’s ‘Shadowhunters’ This Summer
Sarah Hyland
is joining Freeform’s “Shadowhunters” in a guest role. The “Modern Family” actress will appear in two episodes this summer. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/sarah-hyland-shadowhunters-guest-role-summer-season-dominic-sherwood-1202454620/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

The Teenage Life, Streamed Live and for ProfitInfluencers on the platform Live.ly occupy the gap between celebrities and friends, skating between performances and perceived accessibility — and they get paid. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/arts/lively-the-teenage-life-streamed.html

Breaking Bad VR experience in the works with Sony Pictures, creator and PlayStation
PlayStation
is working with Sony Pictures and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to make a “VR experience” for the popular television show, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America Shawn Layden tells Polygon. Layden couldn’t comment further on what exactly the experience would be or whether it would simply recreate something from the existing content of the show or add something new to it. https://www.polygon.com/2017/6/5/15740386/breaking-bad-vr-playstation-sony-pictures-vince-gilligan

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC, CBS News to Carry James Comey Senate Testimony Live
ABC
and CBS will break into their daytime programming on Thursday to cover James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/abc-cbs-news-james-comey-senate-testimony-1202454088/

Spike Orders Spinoff ‘Ink Master: Angels’ to Series
Spike
has ordered 10 episodes of the series “Ink Master: Angels,” after previously ordering a one-hour spinoff special back in March. The series features four of “Ink Master” Season 8’s top female competitors as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/spike-ink-master-angels-series-spinoff-1202453841/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

FX Oz orders first local dramaAustralia’s FX has commissioned its first local series, a drama based on a 2005 feature film. Prodcos Jungle and Blue-Tongue Films will make Mr Inbetween (6×30’). The series is based on the 2005 feature film The Magician, by Scott Ryan who is series writer. It follows the charismatic, yet volatile hitman Ray Shoesmith, who must navigate his chilling business while also maintaining friendships, parental responsibilities and a fledgling romance. http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/06/fx-announces-first-local-drama-mr-inbetween.html

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

CBS Names Amy Reisenbach Head of Current at Network and StudioShe will replace Bridget Wiley, who recently announced her plans to leave the network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-names-amy-reisenbach-head-current-at-network-studio-1010417

Gabriel Marano Joins Fox As SVP DramaFormer A&E head of scripted Gabriel Marano has joined Fox Broadcasting Co. as SVP, Drama Programming & Development. http://deadline.com/2017/06/gabriel-marano-joins-fox-as-svp-drama-programming-development-1202107523/

Longtime ABC Marketing Head Marla Provencio Lands at LussierThree months after her exit from the network, she joins the firm in the newly created role of chief creative strategist. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/longtime-abc-marketing-head-marla-provencio-lands-at-lussier-1010291

Paramount Names Chris Petrikin New Communications EVP
Paramount
has named communications strategist Chris Petrikin as its new Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Corporate Branding. https://www.thewrap.com/paramount-chris-petrikin-communications-evp/

Shonda Rhimes, Susanne Daniels, Mark Gordon Join TV Academy Exec CommitteeVeteran TV players Shonda Rhimes, Susanne Daniels, Mark Gordon, Richard Weitz and Carmi Zlotnik are joining the Television Academy’s executive committee. http://deadline.com/2017/06/rhimes-daniels-gordon-join-tv-academy-committee1202107305-1202107305/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

LAT: TV production is soaring in L.A. But that means more competition for soundstages.Industry insiders said the crunch is the result of a convergence of factors. Not only are producers bringing shows back to L.A. to take advantage of California’s expanded tax incentives, they also are facing unprecedented competition for space from streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon, as well as new-media outlets such as Buzzfeed, which are ramping up their production of original shows and signing for longer leases on local facilities. http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-studio-shortage-20170606-story.html

(tech) Variety: Apple Announces Smart Home Audio Speaker HomePod
Apple
is taking on Amazon Echo and Google Home: The company announced a new voice-controlled speaker during its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., on Monday. Dubbed HomePod, the new speaker features voice control and spatial awareness to adapt the sound to different rooms. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-introduces-homepod-a-smart-home-audio-speaker-1202454010/

(tech) Deadline: Peter Jackson’s Augmented Reality Demo Debuts At Apple ConferencePeter Jackson’s WingNut Film Production used the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to unveil the first look at what’s in the works at its WingNutAR augmented reality division. The demo was introduced today in San Jose by WingNutAR creative director Alasdair Coull, formerly head of R&D at Weta Digital, and featured a sci-fi-based aerial attack at a remote space outpost. http://deadline.com/2017/06/peter-jackson-augmented-reality-demo-apple-wwdc-2017-1202107785/

Variety: Apple Music Hits 27 Million Subscribers
Apple Music
has passed the 27 million paying subscriber mark, the company announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday. That marks a 7 million subscriber increase from December, when the company announced that it had passed 20 million — a 35 percent increase in seven months, and a solid milestone just under two years after Apple. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-music-hits-27-million-subscribers-1202454501/

AdWeek: Amazon Has Surged Ahead of Facebook, AT&T and Visa in Ranking of World’s Most Valuable BrandsKantar Millward Brown’s annual BrandZ top 100 study suggests that Amazon is the tech company that’s gaining the most ground. The ecommerce giant cracked BrandZ’s top 5 for most valuable brands worldwide for the first time, coming in at No. 4 and jumping ahead of Facebook (5th), AT&T (6th) and Visa (7th). Google (1st), Apple (2nd) and Microsoft (3rd) remain the globe’s most valuable brands. http://www.adweek.com/digital/amazon-has-surged-ahead-of-facebook-att-and-visa-in-the-new-brandz-top-100-rankings/

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