The Morning Update for Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 29, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’
Netflix
is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark LGBT-themed novel series in the 1990s. Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. “Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane. The Netflix series would be set in the present day, focusing on Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton character as she returns to San Francisco and the boarding house after 25 years away. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/armistead-maupins-tales-of-the-city-netflix-laura-linney-new-series-1202481062/

Herbie Series in the Works at Disney XD
Herbie
is currently in development as a potential series on Disney XD. The iconic, anthropomorphic Volkswagen Beetle first appeared in Disney’s 1968 film The Love Bug and has been the subject of several movies. Travis Braun will write the potential series, and that he’ll executive-produce alongside Tom Burkhard and Matt Dearborn. http://tvline.com/2017/06/28/herbie-series-disney-xd-love-bug-reboot/

(animated) ‘F Is for Family’ Renewed for Season 3 at NetflixCo-creator Bill Burr announced the news on social media. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/f-is-family-renewed-season-3-at-netflix-1017541

(video) ‘The Inhumans’: Watch The First Trailer For ABC’s New Marvel Drama
Marvel Entertainment
has released the first official trailer for its new superhero series, set to debut on ABC in the fall. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/inhumans-watch-first-trailer-abcs-new-marvel-drama-1017810

CASTING NEWS:

This Is Us Promotes Pair to Series Regular Ahead of Season 2
This Is Us
is expanding its family of series regulars ahead of its anticipated second season. Recurring players Jon Huertas and Alexandra Breckenridge have been promoted to full-fledged series regulars. http://tvline.com/2017/06/28/this-is-us-season-2-alexandra-breckenridge-sophie-series-regular-cast/

Code Black Season 3: Moon Bloodgood Checks In as Rob Lowe’s New ‘Partner’
Moon Bloodgood
is joining the CBS medical drama’s upcoming third season in the recurring role of Rox. http://tvline.com/2017/06/28/code-black-season-3-moon-bloodgood-cast-cbs/

Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly and Two More Board Taylor Sheridan Paramount Network Drama
Luke Grimes
and Cole Hauser have also signed for ‘Yellowstone,’ which will star Kevin Costner. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wes-bentley-kelly-reilly-luke-grimes-cole-hauser-join-yellowstone-1017265

Melanie Lynskey to Star in Hulu Anthology ‘Castle Rock’She joins a cast that includes Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/melanie-lynskey-star-hulu-anthology-castle-rock-1017397

‘The Oath’: Cory Hardrict Joins Crackle Drama SeriesCory Hardrict (American Sniper, Gran Torino) has joined the cast of 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-cory-hardrict-cast-crackle-drama-series-sean-bean-1202121051/

‘Killing Eve’: Jodie Comer Cast As Lead In BBC America SeriesJodie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen) has been cast in a lead role opposite Sandra Oh in Killing Eve, BBC America‘s eight-episode dramatic thriller series written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. http://deadline.com/2017/06/killing-eve-jodie-comer-cast-lead-bbc-america-series-1202121493/

‘Game Of Thrones’ Tom Wlaschiha Cast In TNT Drama Pilot ‘The Deep Mad Dark’Game Of Thrones alum Tom Wlaschiha has been tapped to co-star in TNT‘s hourlong mystery drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark, produced by John Wells. http://deadline.com/2017/06/game-of-thrones-tom-wlaschiha-to-co-star-in-tnt-drama-pilot-the-deep-mad-dark-1202121621/

FEATURE NEWS:

Kenya Barris To Write Russell Simmons Biopic For Fox, ‘Life And Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’Fox has set Life And Def: Sex Drugs Money + God, a feature biopic that chronicles the rise ofRussell Simmonsfrom the inner city streets of Queens to one of the most influential music/fashion culture impresarios of his era. The studio has set to write it Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s hit series Black-ish and co-writer of films that include Barbershop: The Next Cut and the upcoming comedy Girls Trip (written with Tracy Oliver).http://deadline.com/2017/06/russell-simmons-kenya-barris-def-jam-records-biopic-fox-life-and-def-sex-drugs-money-god-1202121515/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘American Idol’: Who’s Back for ABC RevivalAmong the behind-the-scenes professionals returning for the ABC reboot are senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn; executive in charge in production Wylleen May; music supervisor Robin Kaye; and co-executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick. http://variety.com/2017/music/news/american-idol-who-back-1202479548/

CBS News Will Launch Primetime Series ‘On Assignment’ from Streaming-Video CBSN
CBS News
said it would launch a new, limited-run primetime TV series based on reports prepared in the style of its streaming-video news outlet, CBSN. “CBSN: On Assignment” will air on four consecutive Monday evenings starting July 31 at 10 p.m. eastern, and attempt to bring a more on-the-ground perspective to an audience more accustomed to CBS News mainstays like “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/cbs-news-primetime-series-streaming-video-cbsn-1202481007/

Fox News Hires Departing Rep. Jason Chaffetz as ContributorThe congressman is vacating his seat on Friday and will join the network on Saturday. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-news-hires-departing-rep-jason-chaffetz-as-contributor-1017414

MTV News Shifts Toward Video, Targets Younger Audience
MTV News
is being restructured with an eye toward creating more video and short-form content for a younger audience. http://variety.com/2017/music/news/mtv-news-1202481377/

CBS Reality original is Written in Blood
CBS Reality
has commissioned an original true crime series from Endemol Shine North, Written in Blood. The 10x60mins series will follow crime author Simon Toyne as he meets other crime fiction novelists such as Mark Billingham and Alex Marwood about how real life has inspired their work. Each episode features a different criminal case, and use real life footage, and interviews with police officers, witnesses and affected family members. A podcast will accompany the cases. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/06/cbs-reality-original-written-blood/768461/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Says Animatronic Donald Trump Will Be Installed at Disney World in Late 2017A robotic version of Donald Trump will, in fact, join the rest of the U.S. presidents at Walt Disney World Resort’s animatronic exhibit in Orlando, Fla. The park’s Hall of Presidents attraction will feature an audio-animatronic representation of Trump when it reopens in late 2017. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/donald-trump-animatronic-disney-world-hall-of-presidents-1202481090/

Disney Maintains Dividend Following Late 2016 IncreaseDisney says that it’s holding firm with its 78 cents a share semi-annual dividend– the number it hit late last year when it raised the payout from 71 cents. The cash will be paid July 27 to shareholders of record as of July 10. http://deadline.com/2017/06/disney-maintains-dividend-following-late-2016-increase-1202121622/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

FX Networks Promotes Colette Wilson To SVP Current Series; Pair Upped To VPFX Networks has promoted three key execs on its current series and development teams responsible for all original scripted programming across its suite of networks. Colette Wilson has been named SVP Current Series, Barbara Crawford is the new VP Current Series, and Kevin Wandell has been upped to VP Development. http://deadline.com/2017/06/fx-networks-promotes-barbaracrawford-colette-wilson-kevin-wandell-1202121577/

E! Promotes Two, Enlists Dick Clark Productions Veteran
Julie St. Aubin
and Alyssa Gerbasi have been upped, while Jonathan Unger has come onboard as director of programming and development. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/e-promotes-two-enlists-dick-clark-productions-veteran-1017447

ITV Studios America Adds Jed Valdecantos & Jim Dietle To Exec TeamITV Studios America is expanding its executive team with the hires of Jed Valdecantos as VP Scripted TV Development and Jim Dietle as VP Business and Legal Affairs. Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Valdecantos will report to EVP Creative Affairs Michael Azzolino, and Dietle will report to Tom Lane, EVP Business and Legal Affairs. http://deadline.com/2017/06/itv-expands-executive-team-jed-valdecantos-jim-dietle-1202121320/

Awesomeness Taps Tumblr’s Katherine Barna as VP of Communications
Awesomeness
has hired Katherine Barna, previously head of communications and public policy at Yahoo’s Tumblr, as VP of communications. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/awesomeness-katherine-barna-vp-communications-1202481639/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: SAG-AFTRA Member Meeting Draws Several Hundred as Strike Vote LoomsWith a possible strike authorization vote in the offing, several hundred SAG-AFTRA members have attended a closed-door meeting to receive an update on contract negotiations from their leaders. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/sag-aftra-member-strike-vote-looms-1202482388/

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