The Morning Update for Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, June 27, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Tremors’ Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon Lands Syfy Pilot Order
Syfy
has handed out a pilot order for a TV adaptation of the 1990 film starring Kevin Bacon. The drama, which is produced by Universal Cable Productions, counts Jason Blum and showrunner Andrew Miller among its creative team. In addition to starring, Bacon will also executive produce alongside David Schiff (Southpaw) and Blumhouse Television. Miller will pen the script for the revival, which picks up 25 years after the events of the film and finds Valentine McKee (Bacon) attempting to save the town again — but this time, also battling age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tremors-reboot-starring-kevin-bacon-lands-syfy-pilot-order-1016653

‘Doomsday’: Sony TV Eyes Series Order For Ex-ABC Pilot, Extends Cast OptionsIt looks like thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony Pictures TV, will go to series after all. Sony TV is exploring a series order for the project, originally set up at ABC this past development season where it did not go beyond the pilot stage. While pickup conversations are going on, Sony TV has moved to extend the options on the cast of Doomsday, which were set to expire June 30. …Sony TV is planning to produce Doomsday for global distribution based on oversees interest in the concept and auspices. The studio would open a writers room and fund the production of the series, likely in the 13-episode range, before taking it out to domestic and international buyers. http://deadline.com/2017/06/doomsday-series-order-abc-drama-pilot-cast-options-extended-sony-tv-1202120087/

Jason Richman Inks Overall Deal With ABC StudiosThe ‘Detroit 187’ creator will develop new projects for the studio. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jason-richman-inks-deal-abc-studios-1016752

CASTING NEWS:

‘L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders’: Josh Charles Cast As Brothers’ PsychiatristThe Good Wife alum Josh Charles is the latest to join the cast of Dick Wolf-Rene Balcer’s limited series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. http://deadline.com/2017/06/lo-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-josh-charles-cast-psychiatrist-dr-oziel-1202120377/

Penn Badgley To Star In Greg Berlanti Lifetime Drama Series ‘You’Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley is set for the lead role in Lifetime’s straight-to-series psychological thriller drama You, from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Written by Berlanti and Gamble based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel, You is described as a 21st century love story that asks, "What would you do for love?" http://deadline.com/2017/06/penn-badgley-star-greg-berlanti-lifetime-drama-series-you-1202120031/

Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy to Star in Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’They join Andre Holland in the streamer’s J.J. Abrams and Stephen King anthology. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sissy-spacek-jane-levy-star-hulus-castle-rock-1016788

(animated) Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek to Play Vampire Parents on Disney Junior
Lauren Graham
will lend her voice to Disney Junior’s Vampirina, the story of a young vampire (Isabella Crovetti) who learns to adjust to city life after relocating from her hometown of Transylvania. http://deadline.com/2017/06/penn-badgley-star-greg-berlanti-lifetime-drama-series-you-1202120031/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Vimeo Scraps Plans For SVOD ServiceVimeo, which had been gearing up to launch a subscription VOD service, will no longer proceed with the plans. The news comes just three months after Vimeo hired Alana Mayo, previously VP Production at Paramount Pictures, as VP and head of original development. She was joined by Kesila Childers as director of content development; and Kelly Miller as director of content acquisitions. Vimeo had been buying and developing full-length scripted series projects, guiding them toward production. http://deadline.com/2017/06/vimeo-scraps-plans-svod-service-1202119872/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Ashton Kutcher To EP Two Unscripted Series For Chicken Soup For The SoulAshton Kutcher has signed on as executive producer for two new unscripted series for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. The deal expands Kutcher’s relationship with the company and his APlus.com, his digital media company that specializes in positive journalism and social change. The two series that are part of today’s agreement will focus on the positive themes drawn from APlus.com and Chicken Soup for the Soul. These series are slated for distribution primarily on broadcast and cable, as well as online. http://deadline.com/2017/06/ashton-kutcher-executive-produce-unscripted-series-chicken-soup-for-the-soul-1202120043/

MTV to Debut Comedy Game Show ‘SafeWord’ From ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Producers
MTV
is set to launch a new comedy game show called “SafeWord.” From the producers of “Lip Sync Battle” and hosted by Terrence J, the series is based off the U.K. format. In each episode, the celebrity guests will partner with superstar comedians to help them play a series of games in front a live audience. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/mtv-safeword-lip-sync-battle-producers-1202478398/

‘Eric & Jessie’ Renewed For Season 3 By E!
E!
has given the green light to a third season of Eric & Jessie, which follows the lives of country singer/songwriter Jessie James Decker and her professional wide receiver husband Eric Decker. http://deadline.com/2017/06/eric-jessie-renewed-season-3-e-1202120632/

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Becomes a Harder Sell for AdvertisersAt least several advertisers that intended to air commercials in "Bachelor in Paradise" this season will not appear, according to several people familiar with the situation. "We decided not to advertise in it this summer after all the controversy," a spokeswoman for an advertiser in the show last season said via email. "We’ve done it in the past but feel that it doesn’t meet our filters as a family-friendly brand at current state." http://adage.com/article/media/bachelor-paradise-a-hard-sell-advertisers/309580/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Acorn is Keeping Faith with BBC, S4C drama
Acorn Media Enterprises
(AME) has become a coproducer on BBC Wales and S4C thriller drama Keeping Faith.In Wales, the dual-language series will be known as Un Bore Mercher and will debut in the autumn. UK rights outside Wales remain available.Keeping Faith comes from Vox Pictures, and stars Eve Myles (Victoria) as a woman who discovers her husband is living a double life. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/06/acorn-keeping-faith-bbc-s4c-drama/767421/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jon Hookstratten Tapped Exec VP Operations at Sony Pictures EntertainmentHe will reunite with newly installed CEO Tony Vinciquerra after working alongside him at CBS and Fox. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jon-hookstratten-tapped-exec-vp-operations-at-sony-pictures-entertainment-1016760

Fox’s Beth Miyares Joins Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment As Head Of Scripted TVBeth Miyares, most recently SVP Drama Development and Production at Fox Broadcasting, has joined Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment as EVP Scripted Television. http://deadline.com/2017/06/beth-miyares-morgan-freeman-lori-mccrears-revelations-entertainment-head-of-scripted-tv-1202120380/

Jared Leto Partners With Omni Magazine for Production Deal
Jared Leto
is partnering with Omni magazine in a deal to produce original content. Jerrick Media and Leto’s Paradox made the announcement Monday. The companies did not disclose any specific projects. Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK between 1978 and 1995. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/jared-leto-omni-magazine-production-deal-1202478739/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: Comcast & Charter Talking To Sprint About Wireless Services DealWill Sprint partner with Comcast and Charter Communications to help them offer wireless phone services? That’s one of the things the companies are discussing — leading Sprint to put merger talks with T-Mobile on hold — The Wall Street Journal reports. http://deadline.com/2017/06/comcast-charter-talks-sprint-deal-support-wireless-services-1202120503/

Digiday: Facebook video ad viewability rates are as low as 20 percent, agencies sayAfter fessing up to a string of measurement errors over the past six months, the social media company has bowed to pressure from ad buyers and started letting third-party auditors check its numbers. Some agencies started using the new auditing capabilities a few months ago and have been stunned to see viewability rates on Facebook video campaigns as low as 20 percent, going up to 30 percent, according to interviews with nine agency execs. That’s way below the average viewability rate for video ads on sites, which is approximately 50 percent. https://digiday.com/marketing/facebook-video-ad-viewability-rates-low-20-percent-agencies-say/

(tech) AdWeek: Uptime, the Google App That Lets Users Watch YouTube Videos Together, Is Now Open to All
Uptime
, the invite-only iOS application Google’s Area 120 startup incubator launched in March to enable users to share and watch YouTube videos in real-time with each other, is no longer invite-only. Uptime users can: Search for YouTube videos to share with the community. Watch videos that have already been shared with the community. http://www.adweek.com/digital/uptime-google-app-youtube-open-to-all/

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