The Morning Update for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, June 28, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Impulse’ Doug Liman Action Drama Pilot Picked Up To Series By YouTube Red
YouTube’s
new subscription service YouTube Red continues to ramp up its original programming slate, giving a series order to its first drama pilot, Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman, for a 2018 premiere. The gender-bending hourlong action-thriller Impulse hails from Universal Cable Productions and studio-based Hypnotic and marks the first UCP series for YouTube. Written by Jeffrey Lieber, Jason Horwitch, and Gary Spinelli from a story by Lieber, and directed by Doug Liman, Impulse is based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould. It features a rebellious 16-year-old girl, Henry (Maddie Hasson) who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. She soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport. http://deadline.com/2017/06/impulse-doug-liman-action-drama-series-youtube-red-1202119801/

Netflix Orders 1990s-Set Comedy Series ‘Everything Sucks’
Netflix
has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for 1990s-set comedy Everything Sucks. From Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the project is described as a quirky, funny, coming-of-age story. It follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a drama club, who collide in 1996 Oregon. Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan created the series and will executive produce alongside Midnight Radio’s Pinkner, Rosenberg, Appelbaum and Nemec. Mohan will direct the bulk of the episodes, with Ry Russo-Young also on board to serve in the same capacity. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-orders-1990s-set-comedy-series-everything-sucks-1016898

‘True Crime Addict’ Book Getting Series Adaptation By Universal TV With Richard Price Writing & Johnny Depp Producing
Universal Television
and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil have teamed for a drama series based on James Renner’s memoir True Crime Addict, which was written on spec by The Night Of co-creator Richard Price. True Crime Addict, which is intended for cable and digital networks and will be taken out to buyers shortly, follows investigative journalist Jimmy Hunter. His lifelong obsession with cold cases leads him to research feverishly the whereabouts of a popular college student whose car was found abandoned in rural upstate New York. While Jimmy’s all-consuming quest for the truth begins to devour him body and soul, he must also strive to keep it from tearing apart his young and fragile family. http://deadline.com/2017/06/true-crime-addict-drama-series-book-johnny-depp-richard-price-universal-tv-1202120833/

Skydance Trying Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ As TV Series; David Goyer, Josh Friedman To Adapt
Skydance Television
is closing a deal with the Asimov estate to try turning Foundation into a sprawling TV series. Asimov’s Foundation is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire’s imminent collapse. David Goyer and Josh Friedman, will step up and take their shot at the sprawling tale. http://deadline.com/2017/06/foundation-isaac-asimov-skydance-television-series-deal-david-goyer-josh-friedman-science-fiction-star-wars-1202120701/

ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia CookeA new adaptation of satirical Victorian novel “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke is coming to TV, and will stream on Amazon and play on Britain’s ITV. Amazon and ITV have joined forces on the seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will be produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. The new series will be produced by Julia Stannard (“War & Peace”) with James Strong (“Broadchurch”) directing. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/itv-amazon-vanity-fair-ready-player-one-star-1202480893/

Carlos & Alexa PenaVega Developing Two New Projects With IM Global TVCarlos PenaVega and his wife and business partner Alexa PenaVega have teamed with IM Global Television to develop two new series – half-hour hybrid comedy Lex & Los in which they will star and executive produce — and La Vida, an hourlong drama with music. Lex & Los re-invents the classic variety show format by featuring it as a show within a show. Carlos and Alexa PenaVega star as the title characters, described as fictionalized versions of themselves. La Vida follows an illegal street fighter in Miami with a golden voice who is the key to a humbled music producer’s comeback. Against the odds, together they will change the landscape of Spanglish music. http://deadline.com/2017/06/carlos-penavega-alexa-penavega-developing-two-new-series-im-global-tv-1202120146/

‘Better Call Saul’ Renewed for Fourth Season at AMCThe ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel will be back in 2018 with 10 new episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/better-call-saul-renewed-fourth-season-at-amc-1017090

CASTING NEWS:

‘Six’: Eric Ladin Joins Season 2 Of History’s Navy SEAL Drama As New RegularThe Killing alum Eric Ladin has joined the Season 2 cast of History’s breakout Navy SEAL drama Six as a new series regular. http://deadline.com/2017/06/six-eric-ladin-season-2-cast-history-navy-seal-drama-series-regular-1202120655/

‘The Oath’: Ryan Kwanten To Co-Star In Crackle Drama SeriesFormer True Blood star Ryan Kwanten is set for a lead role opposite Sean Bean in Crackle’s upcoming drama series The Oath, executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television. http://deadline.com/2017/06/the-oath-ryan-kwanten-co-star-crackle-drama-series-1202120511/

The Path Recruits Freida Pinto for Season 3
Freida Pinto
is on The Path. The Slumdog Millionaire star will be a series regular when the Hulu drama returns for Season 3. http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-path-freida-pinto-season-3/

Molly Ringwald Returns to Riverdale for Season 2Molly Ringwald is headed back to Riverdale. The ’80s icon will reprise her role as Archie’s (KJ Apa) mom for the CW drama’s second season, according to the official Archie Comics Twitter account. http://www.tvguide.com/news/riverdale-season-2-molly-ringwold-mary-andrews/

The Blacklist Exit: Enrique Murciano Won’t Return for Season 5
Enrique Murciano
is leaving NBC’s The Blacklist after one season. Murciano announced the news himself with a tweet on Monday. http://tvline.com/2017/06/27/the-blacklist-enrique-murciano-exit-julian-gale-season-5/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Hulu Nabs U.S. Streaming Rights to Teenage Ballerina Series ‘Find Me in Paris’
Hulu
has acquired U.S. streaming rights to “Find Me in Paris,” the time-traveling ballerina series produced by French banner Cottonwood Media with German broadcaster ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. Created by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, the duo behind Nickelodeon’s hit series “Ride,” “Find Me in Paris” is set against the backdrop of the Garnier Opera House in Paris and centers on Lena Grisky, a young dancer and princess poised to become the next young star of the ballet world in 1905. http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/hulu-nabs-u-s-streaming-rights-to-teenager-ballerina-series-find-me-in-paris-1202480881/

Facebook To Stream UEFA Champions League Matches In Fox Sports DealFacebook has made a deal with Fox Sports to stream UEFA Champions League soccer matches via Facebook Live during upcoming 2017-18 season. http://deadline.com/2017/06/uefa-champions-league-facebook-live-streaming-fox-news-deal-1202120872/

Facebook now has two billion monthly users
Facebook
now has two billion monthly users. In other words, more than 25 percent of the entire world’s population uses Facebook every month. https://www.recode.net/2017/6/27/15880734/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-two-billion-monthly-users

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Rob Lowe’s Spooky A&E Reality Show Gets Premiere Date, Trailer
Rob Lowe
is headlining a new A&E reality show, The Lowe Files, along with his sons Matthew and John Owen. Files will debut Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 10/9c. http://tvline.com/2017/06/27/the-lowe-files-a-and-e-rob-lowe-premiere-date-trailer-video/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Amazon’s New Japanese Series ‘FACE’ to Premiere Next Month
Amazon Prime’s
new Japanese original series “FACE: Cyber Crime Special Investigation Unit” is set to premiere on the streaming service July 11. Starring Ayame Goriki as a cyber-crime special agent, the series will be more oriented toward what Amazon describes as a “life or death struggle against criminal hackers” than geeks glued to computer screens. Amazon produced the show in partnership with Oscar Promotion, a leading Japanese talent agency, for which Goriki is a top star. A new episode of the show will be released weekly. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/amazon-new-japanese-original-series-face-premiere-next-month-1202480887/

Cirque Du Soleil preps kids’ drama
Discovery Kids
has partnered with Cirque Du Soleil and Canada’s TVO and Apartment 11 on a live-action series set in a boarding school for young circus performers. http://www.c21media.net/cirque-du-soleil-preps-kids-drama/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

KatzSmith Productions Taps Aaron Schmidt as Senior VP
David Katzenberg
and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions has hired Aaron Schmidt as senior vice president to oversee development for their film and television divisions. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/katzsmith-productions-taps-aaron-schmidt-as-senior-vp-1017296

‘Man in the High Castle’ Producer Ramping Up
Big Light Productions
, the company behind Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” is set to ramp up its slate of dramas, with two seasoned executives joining its ranks. Frances Flannery will work up a slate of original scripted projects for the production company, which was founded by Frank Spotnitz. Emily Feller comes to Spotlight from Studiocanal’s Red Production Company and will executive produce new original series and the new season of Rai and Netflix series “Medici: Masters of Florence.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/big-light-productions-ramps-up-1202479489/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Time Warner’s Turner Projects Volume Gains in TV Upfront
Turner
, which operates TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim and other cable-TV networks, has completed approximately 80% of its negotiations with media agencies, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company expects its volume of advance ad commitments to rise by an increase in the mid-single-digit percentage range, this person said. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/2017-tv-upfront-turner-time-warner-advertising-1202479759/

Deadline: Comic-Con: ‘The Orville’, ‘Ghosted’ & ‘The Gifted’ Part Of 20th Century Fox TV’s Footprint At Fan Confab
Twentieth Century Fox Television
is headed back to San Diego Comic-Con with eight shows including its new crop: Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi satire The Orville, the Craig RobinsonAdam Scott action comedy Ghostedand the Marvel young X-Men series The Gifted. http://deadline.com/2017/06/comic-con-seth-macfarlane-the-orville-the-exorcist-ghosted-craig-robinson-20th-century-fox-tv-1202120668/

(podcast) EW: Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson to host new podcast about modern artTitled A Piece of Work, the 10-episode podcast will feature Abbi Jacobson in conversation with museum curators and artists, as well as celebrity guests like Questlove, RuPaul, Hannibal Buress, and Tavi Gevinson. The episodes will air twice per week on Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 10. http://ew.com/podcasts/2017/06/28/broad-city-abbi-jacobson-launches-podcast/

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