The Morning Update for Monday, June 12, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, June 12, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Debby Ryan CW Pilot ‘Insatiable’ Lands Series Order at Netflix
Netflix
has picked up Debby Ryan dramedy Insatiable to series just weeks after The CW passed on ordering the pilot to series. The streaming giant has handed out a 13-episode pickup for the show about a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer turned beauty-pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager (Disney Channel alum Ryan) as his client. Lauren Gussis penned the script for the drama, which hails from CBS Television Studios, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Storied Media Group. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/debby-ryan-cw-pilot-insatiable-lands-series-order-at-netflix-1012183

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: The MayorIn a word, The Mayor is charming, pairing a super-likeable cast with a fun and instantly engaging premise that it wastes little time diving into (the election results come in by the eight-minute mark). Playing the titular Courtney Rose, Hall has you rooting for him from go (even when he royally screws up), while Brown is perfect as the unexpected politician’s mom, delivering an early pep talk that is remarkably moving for someone we met one scene ago. http://tvline.com/2017/06/11/the-mayor-preview-pilot-abc-fall-lineup/

Vulture: TV Is Moving Away From Finale Fever — Which Is Making for Better TVNot too long ago, the ending was everything. It put a frame around the entire seasons-long adventure of watching a show. Now, however, the ending is no longer the be-all and end-all of TV storytelling. With the final episode of The Leftovers, you may have wept grateful tears or thrown something at your screen in angry disappointment — but what you likely won’t do is carry the show’s ending around with you for years like sweet vindication or a festering grudge. http://www.vulture.com/2017/06/do-tv-series-finales-matter-anymore.html

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) Nathan Fillion and Tony Hale Join ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
Sara Rue, Lucy Punch
and Roger Bart are also boarding the second season of the Netflix series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nathan-fillion-tony-hale-join-a-series-unfortunate-events-1012054

(from Fri) ‘Veep’ Star Anna Chlumsky Joins Season 4 of AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’“Veep” star Anna Chlumsky will appear in the fourth and final season of the AMC drama “Halt and Catch Fire,” the cable network announced. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/veep-anna-chlumsky-season-4-amc-halt-and-catch-fire-1202460596/

‘Criminal Minds’ Parts With Damon Gupton After Single Season at CBS
“Criminal Minds”
has lost another star. Damon Gupton is exiting the CBS procedural after just one season as a series regular due to creative changes in the show. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/criminal-minds-damon-gupton-exits-cbs-cast-1202462115/

(from Fri) NCIS: Jennifer Esposito to Exit
Jennifer Esposito‘s
tenure at NCIS has come to an end. The actress is leaving the CBS drama after one season as a series regular. http://tvline.com/2017/06/09/ncis-season-15-jennifer-esposito-leaving-alex-quinn/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix Is Burning Cash in Its Shift to OriginalsWith licensed content, the streaming company has generally been able to arrange to pay in a manner that aligns with the way it accounts for content costs in its P&L statement — a little bit at a time over the life of the content. But with original content, Netflix has to fund the whole expense out of pocket from day one, meaning that almost all of the cash cost is incurred before the content is even available. http://variety.com/2017/voices/columns/netflix-cash-originals-1202457622/

Los Angeles Slashes Costs for Digital Filmmakers to Keep Them in TownLos Angeles mayor Eric Garrett just made life a bit easier for digital filmmakers with limited budgets, and bolstered the local economy at the same time. Garcetti and FilmL.A. introduced The Digital Makers Initiative, a pilot program that will offer a two-thirds reduction on shooting permits in and around Los Angeles. Buzzfeed, Funny or Die, Fullscreen and Tastemade are among the production entities that will first receive the benefit, aimed at keeping costs down and increasing filming in the city. http://www.thewrap.com/los-angeles-slashes-costs-digital-filmmakers-keep-town/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Bachelor in Paradise Production Halted Amid Allegations of MisconductProduction on the upcoming fourth season of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise has been suspended indefinitely, as an investigation is launched into “allegations of misconduct.” http://tvline.com/2017/06/11/bachelor-in-paradise-production-suspended-misconduct-allegations-season-4/

MTV Renews ‘The Challenge’ for Season 30, Which Will Have a $1 Million Cash Prize
MTV
has renewed “The Challenge” for a 30th season, which will have the largest prize in series history: $1 million cash. https://www.thewrap.com/mtv-renewed-challenge-season-30-million-dollars/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Lindsay Lohan Joins Sky Comedy ‘Sick Note’ for Season 2
Lindsay Lohan
has joined Sky comedy Sick Note, starring Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson, for its newly announced second season. Sick Note follows the story of Daniel Glass (Grint), a compulsive liar stuck in a failing relationship and dead-end insurance job, under the thumb of his boss (Johnson). Lohan will join the show, which airs on Sky 1 in the U.K., for season two as the daughter of Johnson’s character. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lindsay-lohan-joins-sky-comedy-sick-note-season-2-1012505

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(ATX) TV Network Presidents Talk Netflix CancellationsHulu’s Craig Erwich, NBC’s Jennifer Salke, HBO’s Casey Bloys, FX’s Nick Grad and Showtime’s Gary Levine appeared together Friday at the sixth annual ATX Television Festival. …One of Salke’s biggest TV fears? "How low the linear live ratings can go, which I think is very low," she said. Bloys reiterated that fact. "The Sunday ratings, while important for us, it’s maybe 30 percent of the total, and that’s just going to continue to go down," he said, pointing to the rise in digital viewers for Game of Thrones. In season one, digital viewers accounted for 2 percent of the total "and now it’s about 26 percent of the total viewers. Where people watch, how they watch is shifting." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-network-presidents-talk-netflix-cancellations-1012058

(Produced By) Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Talks ‘Sense8’ Cancellation, Cannes Film Debate: "I’m Not Anti-Theater""I’m very much against windowing. Consumer access to content is what drives the passion for our industry," said the exec, adding, "Our challenge is to make movies so great that [theater owners] have to [to book them]." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflixs-ted-sarandos-talks-sense8-cancellation-cannes-film-debate-im-not-anti-theater-1012224

AWARDS NEWS:

Tony Awards 2017: Complete Winners List, From Bette Midler to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’The social-media-themed musical “Dear Evan Hansen” won six Tony Awards on Sunday, including Best Musical as well as prizes for lead actor Ben Platt, featured actress Rachel Bay Jones, composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book writer Steven Levenson and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. https://www.thewrap.com/tony-awards-2017-winners-list-evan-hansen-hello-dolly-midler/

‘Black-ish’ to Receive Impact Award at Banff World Media FestivalThe sitcom’s star and executive producer, Anthony Anderson will host the festival’s annual Rockie Awards and accept the inaugural award presented by The Hollywood Reporter, presented annually to an honoree that has made a significant and impactful contribution to screen-based entertainment. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-ish-receive-impact-award-at-banff-world-media-festival-1012301

HBO Unveils 2017 Writing Fellowship WinnersHBO has announced the 11 writers selected for its 2017 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, which will run from July through February. Bryce Ahart & Stephanie McFarlane; Katherine Craft; Sara Alize Cross; Dana Donnelly & Audrey Kaufman; Claudia Forestieri; Zen Freese & Benjamin Ross Lyerly; Rehana Lew Mirza; Brandi Nicole Payne. http://deadline.com/2017/06/hbo-2017-hboaccess-writing-fellowship-winners-1202110303/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: CBS, Cable Networks Start to Sell Advertising in TV’s Upfront MarketTV’s upfront advertising sales market is starting to move. CBS, Turner, Viacom and Discovery have begun to sell advance advertising commitments for their programming schedules, according to media buying executives and other people familiar with the tone and pace of negotiations. These people suggest CBS has been seeking mid-to-high single-digit percentage increases in the CPM. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/cbs-upfront-2017-tv-advertising-cable-1202460489/

FastCo: How The NBA Became The World’s Most Tech-Savvy Sports LeagueBy building an ecosystem that involves VCs, teams, startups, and others, the league has become nimble and able to quickly adopt new technologies. https://www.fastcompany.com/40428460/how-the-nba-became-the-worlds-most-tech-savvy-sports-league

Atlantic: Teenagers Have Stopped Getting Summer Jobs—Why?The summer job is considered a rite of passage for the American Teenager. But in the last few decades, the summer job has been disappearing. In the summer of 1978, 60 percent of teens were working or looking for work. Last summer, just 35 percent were. Education is to blame, rather than indolence. Teens are remaining in high school longer, going to college more often, and taking more summer classes. The percent of recent high-school graduates enrolled in college—both two-year and four-year—has grown by 25 percentage points. That is almost exactly the decline in the teenage labor-force participation rate. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/disappearance-of-the-summer-job/529824/

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