The Morning Update for Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 15, 2017. Please note that the Morning Update will be on hiatus until Thursday, June 22. While out, please feel free to view the Feedly page: http://feedly.com/TheMorningUpdate/ for up to date news directly from our sources.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

There’s a John Wick TV Series Called The Continental in the Works
Lionsgate
is developing a TV series spin-off of the John Wick film franchise called The Continental. John Wick director Chad Stahelski confirmed that Lionsgate TV is developing a spin-off in an interview with The Independent earlier this week. The prequel will be a "cool, Wick-ian, magical, and mysterious world" built around the Continental, a hotel chain for assassins. They’re places where assassins can get the tools they need and hide out, and no "business" is allowed to be carried out. http://www.tvguide.com/news/john-wick-tv-the-continental-in-development/

‘Last Man Standing’: CMT in Preliminary Talks to Revive Tim Allen Comedy
CMT
is in preliminary talks to revive canceled Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing. Insiders stress talks are in the early stages as CMT is exploring if it can revive the expensive show at a price point that works for the niche cable network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/last-man-standing-tim-allen-may-be-revived-at-cmt-1013686

CASTING NEWS:

‘The Man In the High Castle’: Jason O’Mara Tapped For Starring Role In Amazon Series
Jason O’Mara
has joined the cast ofAmazon’s flagship drama series The Man In the High Castle as a new series regular for the upcoming third season. http://deadline.com/2017/06/jason-omara-cast-the-man-in-the-high-castle-amazon-series-1202113237/

‘Criminal Minds’: Kirsten Vangsness & A.J. Cook Close Deals, Get Raises To ReturnCriminal Minds two original female cast members are staying on. Kirsten Vangsness andA.J. Cookhave closed new deals to continue on the long-running CBS drama series, which is headed into its 13th season. http://deadline.com/2017/06/criminal-minds-kirsten-vangsness-a-j-cook-new-deals-raises-parity-return-season-13-1202113010/

Billy Zane To Reunite with Titanic Co-Star Victor Garber on Legends of TomorrowDC’s Legends of Tomorrow is staging a reunion of Titanic proportions. Billy Zane is set to appear in Season 3 of the superhero series, reuniting him with Victor Garber, who also starred in the James Cameron blockbuster. http://www.tvguide.com/news/billy-zane-legends-of-tomorrow/

‘Quantico’ Season 3 Shakeup Continues as Original Star Exits
Yasmine Al Massri
, who played twins Nimah and Raina, will not be returning for the show’s abbreviated third run. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/quantico-season-3-shakeup-continues-as-original-star-exits-1013530

FEATURE NEWS:

Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao Form Production Company Arcana, Peg First Project With Emma StoneRyan Gosling andKen Kao(The Nice Guys) have formed a new film and TV production company called Arcana and are collaborating on their first project: The Favourite from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos which stars Gosling’s La La Land‘s co-star Emma Stone along with Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The Favourite is based on a Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara script that follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. http://deadline.com/2017/06/ryan-gosling-ken-kao-form-production-company-arcana-peg-first-project-with-emma-stone-1202113341/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Musical.ly Launches Original Shows From MTV, NBCU, Hearst
Musical.ly
has inked deals with Viacom, NBCUniversal and Hearst for short original series aimed a Musical.ly’s Gen Z audience. The shows — the first of which are coming from MTV, E! and Seventeen — are each designed to be interactive: They include a call-to-action to Musical.ly users (which the company calls “musers”) to post their own personal responses using specific hashtags. The first crop of weekly shows will be 2-4 minutes per episode, and they’ll be featured at the top of the Musical.ly app’s “trending” section for a 24-hour period. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/musical-ly-shows-mtv-nbcu-hearst-1202467047/

Endemol Shine North America Shutters Digital Studio
Endemol Shine North America
is shutting downEndemol Beyond, the company’s global video digital studio that launched in 2013. All five of the unit’s employees including presidentBonnie Pan are exiting the company. Pan had been an EVP at Maker Studios before coming aboard to run the division in March 2016 to replace original president Will Keenan. http://deadline.com/2017/06/endemol-beyond-closing-down-layoffs-1202113866/

TWDC NEWS:

(sched) ‘DuckTales’: Cartoon Reboot Gets Premiere Date On Disney XDDisney XD has slotted an August premiere date for its new animated comedy-adventure seriesDuckTales. It will kick off with an hourlong television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours beginning at midnight Saturday, August 12 on Disney XD. http://deadline.com/2017/06/ducktales-cartoon-reboot-premiere-date-disney-xd-1202113080/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

CBS Taps Noriko Kelley as New Head of SchedulingShe fills the role of longtime scheduling chief Kelly Kahl, who recently became president of CBS Entertainment. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-names-noriko-kelley-new-head-scheduling-1013440

IFC Films Promotes Execs Mark Boxer and Lauren Schwartz
IFC Films
has promoted Mark Boxer to executive vice president of sales and distribution, and Lauren Schwartz to senior vice president of publicity and promotions. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ifc-films-promotes-mark-boxer-lauren-schwartz-1202466401/

Fox Searchlight Ups Heather Artis To Senior VP, Creative AdvertisingFox Searchlight Pictures has just upped Heather Artis to senior VP of creative advertising. http://deadline.com/2017/06/heather-artis-senior-vp-creative-advertising-fox-searchlight-marketing-1202113378/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: Unusual TV Wage Gambit in DGA, WGA Deals May Present Conundrum for SAG-AFTRAAs talks between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continue in advance of a June 30 contract expiration, setting a basic wage increase could be more tricky than usual. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/unusual-tv-wage-gambit-dga-wga-deals-may-present-conundrum-sag-aftra-analysis-1013367

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