The Morning Update for Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, June 13, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Facebook Dives Into Scripted Television With Nicole Byer Comedy Series
‘Loosely Exactly Nicole’
was canceled after one season on MTV, but the social media giant is near a deal to revive it for a second season. Sources note a writers room has already been opened and some of the cast and all of the creative team — including creator and showrunner Christine Zander — are poised to return. Additional details about the project remain closely guarded as Facebook preps an expected summer launch for its video slate. The decision to revive Loosely Exactly Nicole reunites Byer with Mina Lefevre, who developed the series during her tenure as executive vp at MTV. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/facebook-dives-scripted-television-nicole-byer-comedy-series-1012002

‘Sherlock’ Star Martin Freeman to Produce TV Adaptation of ‘Paradise Lost’
Martin Freeman
will swap Baker Street for “Paradise Lost,” a TV adaptation of John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem. Freeman has currently committed to the project as executive producer, but it is possible he will appear on screen. FremantleMedia-backed producer Dancing Ledge has a development deal with Freeman and will make the series. No writers or broadcaster are attached, but discussions with potential U.S. and U.K. partners are underway. http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/sherlock-hobbit-martin-freeman-paradise-lost-tv-1202464040/

The Russo Brothers Adapting Video Game ‘Little Nightmares’ for TV
Anthony and Joe Russo
are teaming up with A Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick to bring horror adventure video game Little Nightmares to the small screen. The game follows a 9-year old girl named Six who finds herself trapped on the bottom of a terror-filled ship named the Maw. With hunger and the depths one goes to satiate that hunger as the themes, the storyline follows Six as she tries to escape the ship while evading capture and death at the hands of characters named the Janitor, the Twin Chefs and the Lady. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/russo-brothers-adapting-video-game-little-nightmares-tv-1012736

(Banff) ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ to Tackle Trump Era in Sitcom RevivalAt Banff, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she isn’t certain Roseanne Barr will name the U.S. president, but "she’s going to speak very honestly." "We’re going to be tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today. I’ll leave it that," she added. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/abcs-roseanne-tackle-trump-era-sitcom-revival-1012574

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: The CW’s ValorYes, this seems like an odd (whirly)bird for The CW… when viewed as a straight military drama. But rest assured, the pilot seeds enough soapy elements (including one of the more vivid sex scenes in recent CW memory) to rouse the Gossip Girl crowd. http://tvline.com/2017/06/12/valor-preview-pilot-cw-fall-lineup/

(review) THR: ‘GLOW’ on Netflix
GLOW
is sometimes funny, sometimes emotional and anchored by a strong, ego-free performance by Alison Brie, improving across the full 10-episode first season sent to critics. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/glow-review-1011767

TV Hijacks Film Fests for High-Profile BowsAs rival top-tier film festivals across the globe began to program episodic television, Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux remained a notable holdout — until recently. “Cinema remains a singular art, and we want to emphasize this while keeping our eyes open on the world that surrounds it,” Fremaux says. “And this world is more and more about TV series and virtual reality.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/awards/tv-hijacks-film-fests-high-profile-premieres-twin-peaks-top-of-lake-2-1202460685/

TV Comedies Go to the AuteursAuteur sitcoms are getting awfully quirky and dark in the peak TV age. Buoyed by the successes of Lena Dunham (“Girls”) and Louis C.K. (“Louie”), professional funny people are creating shows based on their own distinctive comedic vision. http://variety.com/2017/tv/awards/tv-comedies-go-to-the-auteurs-donald-glover-issa-rae-phoebe-waller-bridge-1202460961/

CASTING NEWS:

NBC’s ‘A.P. Bio’ Promotes ‘Mascots’ Star to Series Regular
Tom Bennett
plays the college rival of Glenn Howerton’s character in the Seth Meyers-produced comedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ap-bio-promotes-tom-bennett-series-regular-1012677

‘Sneaky Pete’: Joseph Lyle Taylor To Return For Season 2 As RecurringJoseph Lyle Taylor (Law & Order: SVU), who guest-starred in the Season 1 finale of Amazon drama seriesSneaky Pete, will return for Season 2 in a key recurring role. http://deadline.com/2017/06/sneaky-pete-joseph-lyle-taylor-return-season-2-recurring-1202111285/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Alien Pregnancy Comedy-Horror Series ‘Snatchers’ From WB’s Stage 13 Sets Debut on Go90Extraterrestrial comedy-horror series “Snatchers,” about a teen virgin who has sex for the first time and finds herself pregnant with an alien baby, is set to premiere on Verizon’s Go90 network later this month. The eight-episode scripted show is the first to launch from Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ edgy brand Stage 13, with the first two episodes slated to bow June 22. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/snatchers-alien-pregnancy-horror-comedy-go90-1202461976/

NBC News Launches Social Video Studio Left FieldAfter teasing it with a trailer last week, NBC News officially launched its Left Field social video unit. Left Field aims to reinvent storytelling for viewers who primarily get their news from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and is being staffed by journalists from around the world. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/nbc-news-left-field-1202463874/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Facebook Greenlights Reality Competition Series ‘Last State Standing’
Facebook
has closed a deal for reality competition series Last State Standing. The series hails from American Ninja Warrior producers A. Smith and Co.’s Arthur Smith. It will feature 50 contestants — one from every state in the U.S. — competing in unique and crazy games for a chance to win a $500,000 cash prize. Production on the series has already begun in Los Angeles. A premiere date, episode count and rollout plan has yet to be determined. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/facebook-greenlights-reality-competition-series-last-state-standing-1012849

‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC
ABC’s
revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season. Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/battle-of-the-network-stars-abc-teams-1202462437/

Katy Perry Announces Opening of ‘American Idol’ Auditions
“American Idol”
isn’t wasting any time jumpstarting the new season, as new judge Katy Perry took to the show’s social pages Monday morning announcing the search for new talent begins now. http://variety.com/2017/music/news/katy-perry-announces-opening-of-american-idol-auditions-1202462483/

(ratings) Warriors’ Championship Win Sees NBA Finals Ratings Hit Game 5 19-Yr HighIt was also a win for ABC and the NBA with ratings not seen for a Game 5 since Bill Clinton was in the White House as last night’s primetime matchup snagged a 16.0 rating in metered market results. That’s the best that any NBA Finals Game 5 has done since 1998 when the Utah Jazz beat the Michael Jordon era Chicago Bulls 83-81. http://deadline.com/2017/06/kevin-durant-warriors-nba-finals-ratings-rise-cavaliers-abc-1202112377/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘Luther’ Returning for Fifth Season at BBC America
Idris Elba
and Neil Cross will return for another four-episode run. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/luther-returning-fifth-season-at-bbc-america-1012081

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Entertainment Studios Taps Ex-Sony Exec As Marketing EVPDick Roberts, who had been VP Marketing and Creative Services as Sony Pictures, has joined Byron’s Allen’s Entertainment Studios. He has been appointed EVP Marketing & Creative Services to spearhead initiatives at the company’s broadcast TV syndication, cable networks, and theatrical and digital distribution. http://deadline.com/2017/06/entertainment-studios-dick-roberts-marketing-hire-1202111628/

Fox News Channel Promotes Six to New Programming Roles
Meade Cooper
was named senior vice president of programming. She will oversee shows in Monday through Sunday primetime as well as opinion programming. John Finely was named senior vice president of development and production. Ron Mitchell was named vice president of story development, primetime programming. Lauren Patterson was named senior vice president, morning programming and talent development. Amy Sohnen was named vice president of talent development. Jill Van Why was named vice president of programming operations. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-news-channel-promotes-six-programming-1202462419/

Tastemade Taps NBCU’s Andrew Saunders to Head Branded Content Strategy
Tastemade
, the digital entertainment company geared around food and related lifestyle topics, has hired Andrew Saunders as head of global brand strategy. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/tastemade-andrew-saunders-nbcuniversal-1202462478/

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Named Highest-Paid Entertainer of 2017
Sean “Diddy” Combs
has topped a list of high-earning entertainers — again. Earning $130 million in the past 12 months, Combs edged out Beyoncé for the top spot on Forbes’ list of 2017’s highest-paid entertainers. http://variety.com/2017/music/news/diddy-2017-highest-paid-entertainer-1202462488/

(ATX) TV Executives Survey Relationships and Ratings and Snub NetflixTV executives would, once again, like to emphasize a point they have worked hard to underscore in recent years: They pay attention to more than ratings. …Instead of scanning ratings numbers in the early morning, they may be reading entertainment websites like Vulture or The Ringer. …Nick Grad, of FX, repeated a point that his boss, John Landgraf, had made this year: The audience gets a vote, the critics get a vote, and executives get a vote — if two of the three approve, the show is likely to stay on the air. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/business/media/tv-executives-survey-relationships-and-ratings-and-snub-netflix.html

AWARDS NEWS:

Handmaids Walk Solemnly Around Los Angeles as Part of Hulu Emmy CampaignThe ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ season finale is set for Wednesday. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/handmaids-tale-los-angeles-for-your-consideration-emmys-1012705

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Verizon Closes $4.5 Billion Yahoo Deal, Marissa Mayer Resigns
Verizon
has completed its acquisition of the operating business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion, which coupled with AOL creates what the telco boasts is a global digital-media powerhouse that reaches more than 1 billion consumers. As expected, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is leaving the company with the deal’s closing. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/verizon-yahoo-deal-closes-marissa-mayer-resigns-1202464070/

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