The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 14, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Renewed for Season 4 at NetflixThe Ellie Kemper comedy will be back with more. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-renewed-season-4-1012932

‘Katrina’ Delayed as ‘Versace’ Will Air as Next ‘American Crime Story’ on FXThe Ryan Murphy-produced anthology will not return until 2018, with both cycles set to air next year. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/katrina-delayed-as-versace-will-air-as-next-american-crime-story-fx-1011227

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: CBS’ S.W.A.T.This is Shemar Moore’s show — he’s in almost every scene — and he has a commanding presence, whether running-and-gunning, consoling a victim or indulging in an (ahem) intradepartmental assignation. …S.W.A.T. CBSes about as hard as one can CBS, but W.O.W., does it CBS well. http://tvline.com/2017/06/13/swat-preview-pilot-cbs-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

Morris Chestnut Joins Cast of Goliath for Season 2 as Billy Bob’s Rival
Morris Chestnut
has signed on to join the cast of Amazon’s legal drama Goliath for Season 2. http://tvline.com/2017/06/13/morris-chestnut-cast-goliath-season-2-amazon-hakeem-rashad/

Sandra Oh to Star in BBC America Drama Series From ‘Fleabag’ Creator
‘Killing Eve’
marks the actress’ first series-regular role since exiting ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ From Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve is a dramatic thriller that revolves around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. The eight-episode drama, picked up to series in November, will debut at a date to be determined in 2018. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sandra-star-bbc-america-drama-series-fleabag-creator-1012794

‘Graves’: Matt Long & Lauren Weedman Join Season 2 Of Epix SeriesMatt Long (Mad Men, Private Practice) and Lauren Weedman (Hung, Looking) have booked recurring roles oppositeNick Nolte of season 2 of Epix comedy seriesGraves, from Lionsgate TV. http://deadline.com/2017/06/graves-matt-long-lauren-weedman-season-2-epix-series-1202112708/

‘Major Crimes’ Casts James Martinez; ‘American Woman’ Adds Sam MorganJames Martinez (House of Cards) is set for a recurring role in TNT’s crime-drama seriesMajor Crimes, from Warner Bros TV. …Newcomer Sam Morgan has booked a recurring role opposite Alicia Silverstone on Paramount Network dramedy American Woman. http://deadline.com/2017/06/major-crimes-casts-james-martinez-american-woman-sam-morgan-1202112810/

Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman Joins Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House SeriesMichiel Huisman will star in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House. http://www.tvguide.com/news/netflix-haunting-hill-house-michiel-huisman/

FEATURE NEWS:

Sony’s Sanitized Movie Initiative Faces Growing Opposition
Adam McKay
says he didn’t agree to let airline and broadcast TV versions of ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘Talladega Nights’ be purchased by the public at large, while the DGA is looking into whether the Sony program violates contractual agreements. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sonys-sanitized-movie-initiative-faces-growing-opposition-1013144

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Believe deals comedy for PokerGoITV-backed US branded content specialist Believe Entertainment is making a six-episode shortform comedy for Poker Channel’s new global SVoD service PokerGo. Poker Nights, starring Chris Parnell, is a scripted series featuring established and up-and-coming comedy talent and is the first piece of original programming to be announced for the new OTT platform. http://www.c21media.net/believe-deals-comedy-hand-to-pokergo/

Bill Simmons’ Game of Thrones Recap After the Thrones Moves to TwitterAfter the Thrones, the Game of Thrones aftershow from Bill Simmons, is going through some major changes. The weekly recap is moving from its home at HBO and being rebranded as Talk the Thrones. It will now be available to stream live on Twitter and Periscope after each GoT episode. http://www.tvguide.com/news/after-the-thrones-moves-to-twitter/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘Gone’: Andy Mientus Cast As Series Regular In Drama Series For NBCU, RTL & TF1Andy Mientus (Smash) is set as a series regular opposite Leven Rambin and Chris Noth inGone, a 12-episode procedural drama series for NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1. Created by Matt Lopez based on Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick, Gone tells the fictional story of Kit "Kick" Lannigan (Rambin), survivor of a famous child-abduction case, and Frank Booth (Noth), the FBI agent who rescued her. http://deadline.com/2017/06/gone-andy-mientus-cast-series-regular-drama-series-nbcu-rtl-tf1-1202112403/

TWDC NEWS:

Netflix, Amazon, Disney Join Forces to Combat Piracy With New AllianceA coalition of 30 entertainment companies — including Disney, Amazon, and Netflix — have created a new group to fight hackers looking to steal content. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, said it will conduct research and work with law enforcement to “curtail illegal pirate enterprises,” through a number of ways. One weapon in its arsenal will be civil litigation, used to target copyright violators. http://www.thewrap.com/netflix-amazon-disney-combat-piracy-alliance/

(animated) Disney heads to 101 Dalmatian Street
Disney Channels EMEA
has commissioned an animated series adaptation of classic movie One Hundred and One Dalmations, 101 Dalmation Street.Disney’s original animation team in London developed the concept with Passion Animation Studios, with Maria O’Loughlin attached to write and Miklos Weigert directing the 48x11mins series. The series, and two 22-minute specials, will roll out on Disney Channel around the world next year. The series takes place in modern London, England, and follows the adventures of the oldest two siblings, Dylan and Dolly, of 99 puppies living with their parents, Doug and Delilah. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/06/disney-heads-101-dalmatian-street/761881/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jennifer Carreras Joins ABC as VP ComedyThe executive reteams with senior vp comedy Jamila Hunter, with whom she worked at 20th Century Fox Television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jennifer-carreras-joins-abc-as-vp-comedy-1012834

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Taps CAA’s Brian Weinstein as President and COOThe 12-year agency veteran most recently served as head of global client strategy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bad-robot-taps-brian-weinstein-as-president-coo-1012985

BBC Studios names comedy development chief
BBC Studios
has gone in-house to appoint a head of development for its comedy unit. James Farrell has landed the role at BBC Studios, which as a BBC-owned commercial production entity can now makes shows for the UK’s pubcaster and rival networks.Taking up the role with immediate effect Farrell will report to BBC Studios’ head of comedy, Chris Sussman. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/06/bbc-studios-names-comedy-development-chief/761841/

Gaumont Names New Key Execs in Its Paris, L.A. Offices
Gaumont
has tapped Cecilia Rossignol as VP of international TV sales and drama, Cherie Johnson was appointed VP of marketing, and Robby Amar joined the company as VP of TV acquisitions and distribution. http://variety.com/2017/film/global/gaumont-names-several-key-execs-paris-la-offices-1202464049/

Fox Networks Promotes Ed Davis to Chief Product Officer, Ad Sales
Fox Networks Group
said it promoted Ed Davis to the role of chief product officer for advertising sales, a new position that will have him overseeing new products and services being developed for advertisers. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-networks-ed-davis-advertising-sales-1202465066/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: 10 Things We Learned at Variety’s TV Summit9. How hard it is to hold a person’s attention these days? Really hard. “The average adult in the world has an eight-second attention span, which is going down over time,” said Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, chief content officer for Mattel. Millennials and younger consumers have instincts and viewing that are wildly different from older generations, she added. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/twin-peaks-hank-azaria-genius-tv-summit-variet-1202465408/

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