The Morning Update for Monday, July 3, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, July 3, 2017. The update will return on Wednesday. Have a great Independence Day!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Dear White People’ Renewed for Season 2 at NetflixThe Lionsgate Television comedy will return for another round of 10 episodes in 2018. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dear-white-people-renewed-season-2-at-netflix-1018005

(from Fri) ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Producer Rachna Fruchbom Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TVFresh Off The Boat writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom has signed a new two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the hit ABC family comedy. Under the pact, she’ll continue her work on Fresh off The Boat. http://deadline.com/2017/06/fresh-off-the-boat-producer-rachna-fruchbom-overall-deal-20th-century-fox-tv-1202122826/

(from Fri) ‘The Carmichael Show’ Canceled After 3 Seasons At NBC After Star Leaks NewsNBC‘s The Carmichael Showwon’t be returning for a fourth season. The network and studio announced the news shortly after creator and star Jerrod Carmichael revealed he was exiting the series as cast options were set to expire at the end of Friday. http://deadline.com/2017/06/jerrod-carmichael-leaving-the-carmichael-show-nbc-1202122423/

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘True Detective’: Mahershala Ali in Talks for Season 3 Lead
Mahershala Ali
is in early discussions for a starring role in a potential third season of HBO anthology True Detective. A deal is far from done — and it remains unclear if there will actually be a third cycle of the franchise. HBO declined comment. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/true-detective-mahershala-ali-talks-season-3-lead-1018391

(from Fri) ‘The Man In The High Castle’: Laura Mennell & Eijiro Ozaki Set To Recur In Season 3Alphas alumna Laura Mennell and Eijiro Ozaki (Little Boy) have signed on for recurring roles in the third season of Amazon’s flagship drama seriesThe Man In The High Castle. http://deadline.com/2017/06/the-man-in-the-high-castle-laura-mennell-eijiro-ozaki-recurring-season-3-amazon-1202122588/

(from Fri) Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park Exit ‘Hawaii Five-0’
Daniel Dae Kim
and Grace Park have departed CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.” Their characters, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, will not appear in the upcoming eighth season. The characters’ absence will be referenced in the season premiere. Sources tell Variety that Park and Kim had been seeking pay equality with stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but were unable to reach satisfactory deals with CBS Television Studios. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/daniel-dae-kim-grace-park-hawaii-five-0-1202484329/

(from Fri) This Is Us: Seven Kid Actors Get Promotions Ahead of Season 2The NBC hit drama has promoted seven of its kid actors to series regulars for its upcoming sophomore season. http://tvline.com/2017/06/30/this-is-us-season-2-cast-promotion-kids-flashbacks-nbc/

NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:

Mumsnet moves into comedyUK online parenting forum Mumsnet has begun exclusively hosting a comedy web series, marking the first time it has become involved in video content. Bad Mother, from Susie Gilmour and Matt Winn, follows a beleaguered, foul-mouthed stay-at-home mum as she tackles the “madness of modern motherhood.” Each episode in the six-part series is around five minutes long and is being made available on a weekly basis on the Mumsnet YouTube channel. http://www.c21media.net/mumsnet-moves-into-comedy/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Maria Menounos Leaving ‘E! News’; Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis & SurgeryMaria Menounos, who has been co-anchor of E! Newssince 2015, is exiting the post, she and the network announced today. The news comes as Menounos revealed to People magazine that she was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year and recently underwent surgery to remove it. http://deadline.com/2017/07/maria-menounos-exiting-e-news-brain-tumor-diagnosis-surgery-1202123390/

TWDC NEWS:

(rumor) Verizon linked with Disney takeover
Verizon
may become the latest US telco to buy a major American content company, with a report linking it to a deal for The Walt Disney Company.The NY Post’s On the Money blog quoted sources in the banking and analyst communities suggesting a deal could be on the cards.The rumour was reported doing the rounds on Wall Street last week ahead of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Idaho. http://nypost.com/2017/07/01/verizon-rumored-to-be-eyeing-purchase-of-disney/

Disneyland’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Ride to Replace Bride Auction SceneOne of the more controversial parts of Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride is the “Bride Auction,” a scene depicting women lined up for auction that will no longer be a part of the ride after next year, Disney Parks announced on its blog last week. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/disneyland-pirates-of-the-caribbean-ride-wench-sale-bride-auction-1202484394/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(from Fri) Imagine Names Anna Culp EVP TelevisionAnna Culp, a feature EVP at Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, is moving over to the TV side of the company as EVP at Imagine Television. http://deadline.com/2017/06/imagine-television-anna-culp-executive-vice-president-1202122460/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: SAG-AFTRA Talks Extended for 3rd TimeNegotiations and the existing contract are being extended a day at a time. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-talks-extended-3rd-time-1018450

Variety: Skinny Bundles Boom: Charter, CenturyLink Latest to Target Cord Cutters With Streaming ServicesTwo more OTT streaming skinny-bundle options — both from traditional operators, Charter Communications and CenturyLink — debuted last week, with packages designed for consumers averse to paying for conventional pay TV. The new services wade into an already crowded-to-the-brim OTT pool. Other internet TV players include AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu’s recently launched live TV bundle, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and FuboTV. In addition, Comcast is gearing up to launch its own Xfinity Instant TV suite of broadband-delivered TV services across its U.S. footprint in the third quarter of 2017. And Verizon may soon be in the mix as well. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/charter-centurylink-cord-cutters-skinny-bundles-tv-1202485093/

Deadline: Comic-Con Re-ups With San Diego Through 2021Comic-Con International and the City of San Diego have sealed a deal that will keep Comic-Con in town through 2021. The renewal comes ahead of the start of this year’s convention, which runs July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center and an ever-growing list of surrounding venues. http://deadline.com/2017/06/comic-con-san-diego-new-contract-2021-convention-center-1202123003/

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