The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 7, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Misfits’ Reboot From ‘iZombie’ Exec Producer Scores Pilot Order at Freeform
Freeform
has given a pilot order to a remake of the British sci-fi series. Misfits centers on a group of young offenders in a community service program who develop supernatural powers after being hit by a mysterious electrical storm. Diane Ruggiero-Wright wrote the adaptation and will serve as showrunner, executive producing with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Victoria Mahoney will direct the pilot. The project, first put into development in April 2016 at the cabler, hails from ABC Signature Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/misfits-reboot-ordered-pilot-at-freeform-1010860

CASTING NEWS:

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season 3 Adds Muslim-American Superhero
Tala Ashe
has joined as a series regular for the upcoming season of The CW drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/legends-tomorrow-season-3-muslim-american-superhero-1010692

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(review) Variety: Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’
Apple’s
first offering, “Planet of the Apps,” feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained. It’s not terrible, but essentially, it’s a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of “Shark Tank.” Apple made its name on game-changing innovations, but this show is decidedly not one of them. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/planet-of-the-apps-apple-gwyneth-paltrow-jessica-alba-1202456477/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Meet the ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 4 Cast
ABC
revealed the first 16 former ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ contestants who will be starring on the franchise’s summer spinoff series (premiering Aug. 8). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/bachelor-paradise-season-4-cast-photos-1010761/1-corinne-olympios-miami-florida-business-owner

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Rogers Nabs ‘The Orville’ and ‘Ghosted’ at L.A. ScreeningsIn all, Rogers picked up five new comedies and four dramas at the recent Los Angeles Screenings, having bought a slate from 20th Century Fox Television that includes The Orville; LA to Vegas; Ghosted; The Resident; and Speechless, a co-production with ABC Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rogers-nabs-orville-ghosted-at-la-screenings-1010656

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Russ Buchholz Set To Run Day-To-Day Ops At Circle Of Confusion Television StudiosRuss Buchholz has been tapped for the newly created role of EVP, Head of Creative Affairs, at the month-old Circle of Confusion Television Studios. Effective immediately, the former Endemol Shine Studios exec will run day-to-day operations at the Los Angeles-based company that was set up to source, develop and produce premium scripted programming, with support from ITV Studios America. http://deadline.com/2017/06/russ-buchholz-joins-circle-of-confusion-television-studios-evp-creative-affairs-1202108621/

Leftfield Pictures Ups Pair to Co-President Role
Gretchen Palek
and Shawn Witt are promoted to co-presidents, while Joe Weinstock moves into a senior vp development role at the "Pawn Stars" company. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/leftfield-pictures-ups-pair-president-role-1010511

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: ESPN Study: Political Polarization Not Affecting Viewer Behavior
ESPN’s
research department concluded that the media narrative of bias is not affecting the network’s standing among sports fans. The network noted that the proportion of viewers who detected bias was unchanged since its last survey in October 2016, right before the presidential election. At that time 28 percent of viewers believed the network was politically biased. Of that 28 percent, 56 percent said that network showed a liberal bias, while 37 percent said it leaned conservative. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/espn-study-political-polarization-not-affecting-viewer-behavior-1010664

THR: L.A. City Attorney Reaches First Plea Deal in Casting Workshop Scam
Bradley Sachs
, the owner of Actors Alley, pled no contest to one of the three misdemeanor counts with which he had been charged. This is the first plea deal in the city’s case against five prominent casting firms and 25 individuals allegedly involved in schemes that violate the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/la-city-attorney-reaches-first-plea-deal-casting-workshop-scam-1010852

THR: Netflix, ABC Hacker Promises More Leaks: "Hollywood Is Under Attack"TheDarkOverlord hacking collective claims to have studio films: "We’re in the business of earning vast amounts of internet money." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-abc-hacker-promises-more-leaks-hollywood-is-under-attack-1010789

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