The Morning Update for Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 8, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Bruce Lee Passion Drama ‘Warrior’ From Justin Lin Gets Cinemax Series PickupTwo years after being put in development, Cinemax is moving forward with a drama based on an idea from the late Bruce Lee. Warrior, a passion project from Justin Lin and Jonathan Tropper, has been picked up to series with a 10-episode order. Warrior is described as a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bruce-lee-passion-drama-warrior-justin-lin-gets-cinemax-series-pickup-1011068

Skydance Inks Film, TV Deal With ‘Wakefield’ Duo
Bonnie Curtis
and Julie Lynn’s Mockingbird Pictures has signed a multiyear overall deal with the independent production company. Under the pact, the pair will develop film and television projects for Skydance. The deal expands their relationship with the studio, where they are currently teaming with Marti Noxon to adapt Dietland for television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/skydance-inks-film-tv-deal-wakefield-duo-1011007

Fox Cancels ’24: Legacy,’ Will Explore Future Versions of Franchise
Fox
has canceled “24: Legacy,” the spinoff of the long-running espionage-action drama. The network and studio 20th Century Fox Television are exploring future iterations of “24,” possibly as an anthology built around the real-time storytelling format of the original series. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-cancels-24-legacy-1202458195/

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: SEAL Team

SEAL Team stands to be one that is more procedural and a bit less serialized [thank History’s
Six]. The question, though, is: What does a weekly SEAL series look like in post-bin Laden times? You can’t always be storming an HVT’s hidden bunker, the sort of headline-grabbing baddie-grab that in recent years caught the eye of film and TV execs looking to cash in on special-ops forces. http://tvline.com/2017/06/07/seal-team-preview-pilot-cbs-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

Jennifer Connelly Joins Daveed Diggs in TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’The Oscar winner for ‘A Beautiful Mind’ is set as the female lead in the cabler’s remake of the 2013 feature film of the same name. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jennifer-connelly-joins-daveed-diggs-tnts-snowpiercer-1011169

Tiffani Thiessen to Star in Netflix Comedy Alexa & KateTiffani Thiessen has joined Netflix’s new multi-camera comedy Alexa & Kate. Alexa & Kate tells the story of two best friends named — you guessed it — Alexa and Kate (Isabel May) who are about to start high school. However, a crisis leaves them feeling like outsiders when all they want to do is fit in. http://www.tvguide.com/news/tiffani-thiessen-netflix-alexa-kate/

‘Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders’: Constance Marie & Carlos Gomez Join CastConstance Marie and Carlos Gomez have joined the cast of Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders, NBC‘s limited series from Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer that premieres in the fall. http://deadline.com/2017/06/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-constance-marie-carlos-gomez-join-cast-1202109127/

FEATURE NEWS:

Paramount Enlists AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins to Head New Production Division
Paramount Players
will produce features in conjunction with Viacom-owned networks like MTV, BET and Comedy Central. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paramount-enlists-awesomenesstvs-brian-robbins-head-new-production-division-1011114

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

TNT’s ‘Claws’ Will Be First Basic Cable Drama to Stream on TwitterRight after TNT’s new Niecy Nash-starring drama Claws premieres this Sunday (June 11), an encore of the first episode will be streamed on Twitter, making it the first basic cable drama to air on the social media platform at claws.twitter.com and at the @ClawsTNT Twitter handle. https://www.tvinsider.com/229183/tnt-claws-stream-twitter-niecy-nash/

These Are the 10 Most Popular Shows on Social for the 2016-2017 TV SeasonTop 10 most socially popular TV shows:
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Empire (FOX)

The Bachelor (ABC)

This is Us (NBC)

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1)

The Voice (NBC)

WWE Monday Night RAW (USA)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Love & Hip Hop (VH1)

American Horror Story: 6 (FX)
http://www.adweek.com/tv-video/these-are-the-10-most-popular-shows-on-social-for-the-2016-2017-tv-season/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Queer Eye’ Creator Inks Exclusive Deal With ITV America
ITV America
is staying in business with Queer Eye for the Straight Guy creators Scout Productions. The production houses announced an exclusive pod deal, a few months after they teamed up for a new version of Queer Eye at Netflix. Scout’s David Collins and Michael Williams will work to create new series, across genres, under the ITV America banner. The upcoming reboot of Queer Eye is one of the first big reality swings for Netflix, which is moving aggressively into the unscripted space in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/queer-eye-creator-inks-deal-itv-america-1011076

(sched) The Bachelorette Will Be Preempted by the NBA FinalsEven if the Golden State Warriors sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, The Bachelorette will take the night off on Monday, June 12 to accommodate the potential Game 5. If Kevin Durant and the Warriors finish off LeBron James and the Cavs in Game 4 Friday night, ABC will air a re-run of The Bachelorette instead of a new episode at 8/7c, followed by a re-run of Still Star-Crossed at 10/9c. If not, it will air Game 5. http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-bachelorette-preempted-nba-finals/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

HBO Nordic Greenlights ‘Pele The Conqueror’ Series
HBO Nordic
has ordered a limited drama series based on the Danish literary classic Pelle the Conqueror, the work by writer Martin Andersen Nexo that was the basis of Bille August’s Oscar-winning film of the same name. Screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg will be head writer on the Pele the Conqueror series, which will be based on volumes 2-4 of Nexo’s magnum opus. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-nordic-greenlights-pele-conqueror-series-1011421

BBC to examine FX’s FeudUK channel BBC Two has acquired Ryan Murphy’s FX drama about the legendary spat between Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/06/bbc-examine-fxs-feud/760391/

How Streaming Overtook Traditional TV in China – and Now Targets the Movie BusinessStreaming may be a more efficient — and cost-effective — way to distribute content worldwide, but it has caught fire in China more than almost any other country, owing to its size of the market and lack of a real broadcast or cable-TV tradition. http://www.thewrap.com/streaming-overtook-traditional-tv-china-now-targets-movie-business/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Hiram Garcia Promoted to President of Production at Seven Bucks Production
Hiram Garcia
has been upped to president of production for Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production banner. Previously serving as VP of production, Garcia will oversee all film operations from development to release in addition to producing projects. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/hiram-garcia-president-of-production-at-seven-bucks-production-1202457706/

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