The Morning Update for Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, July 6, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Imagine Television Options Patricia Lockwood Memoir ‘Priestdaddy’ For Series Development
Imagine Television
has optioned Patricia Lockwood’s critically-praised Priestdaddy, her memoir of growing up with a Catholic priest for a father, to develop as a limited series. http://deadline.com/2017/07/imagine-television-options-patricia-lockwood-memoir-priestdaddy-limited-series-development-1202124139/

Kurt Sutter’s ‘Mayans MC’ Pilot to Be Reshot, Key Roles RecastThe FX pilot for “Mayans MC,” the spinoff to the hit series “Sons of Anarchy,” will be completely reshot as well as recasting certain key roles. In addition, Norberto Barba has been brought on as an executive producer and director. It is not known at this time which roles will be recast. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/mayans-mc-sons-of-anarchy-kurt-sutter-reshoots-1202487931/

THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’17: CBS’ ‘Young Sheldon’
CBS’
‘Big Bang Theory’ prequel wants to be an ABC single-cam comedy and is anchored by a couple good performances, but delivers no laughs and may focus on the wrong Cooper. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/take-me-pilots-young-sheldon-1018704

What offseason? Summer downtime on TV just doesn’t happen anymoreThree of the five English-language broadcasters are filling more than half of their primetime schedules with originals this summer. Across all five, you’ll see as many as 44.5 hours of originals in a given week — just under 49 percent of their total available primetime hours — once their full summer slates have premiered. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/what-offseason-summer-downtime-on-tv-just-doesnt-happen-anymore/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Graves’ Casts Michael Cyril Creighton; ‘Counterpart’ Adds Rahul ParikhMichael Cyril Creighton has booked a recurring role on the second season of Epix comedy seriesGraves. Rahul Parikh is set for a recurring role opposite J.K. Simmons on Starz’s spy thriller Counterpart.http://deadline.com/2017/07/graves-casts-michael-cyril-creighton-counterpart-rahul-parikh-1202123877/

‘Little Women’: Emily Watson, Michael Gambon Join Angela Lansbury In BBC, PBS MiniPrincipal photography begins in Ireland this month on Playground Entertainment’s adaptation of Little Women for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. Playground has now rounded out the cast with Emily Watson as Marmee, the matriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s March family, and Michael Gambon as benevolent neighbor Mr Laurence. http://deadline.com/2017/07/little-women-emily-watson-michael-gambon-angela-lansbury-cast-bbc-pbs-1202124318/

Marvel’s Luke Cage Adds Two Comics Villains for Season 2Season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage is filling up its bad guy roster. The Night Of‘s Mustafa Shakir and Insecure‘s Gabrielle Dennis are joining the cast of Netflix’s superhero show. http://www.tvguide.com/news/luke-cage-season-2-adds-comics-villains/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

C4 calls at Baghdad Central
Channel 4
(C4) in the UK has commissioned a raft of new dramas, including a crime series set in Iraq in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s demise. Baghdad Central (6×60’) is from Bafta-nominated writer Stephen Butchard. Following the life of ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji, Baghdad Central focuses on Khafaji’s task of locating the daughter of his brother-in-law, who has gone missing, while trying to keep his own daughter safe in a broken world.

C4 is also involving itself in another US coproduction. Kiri, a four-part drama starring Sarah Lancashire from writer Jack Thorne, is being produced with The Forge in association with US streamer Hulu. The plot focuses on the abduction of a young black girl just as she is about to be adopted by a white foster family. The slate of new commissions is completed by 6×60’ comedy drama Pure, produced by Drama Republic about a 22-year-old student who is plagued by explicit sexual thoughts at inappropriate moments. http://www.c21media.net/c4-calls-at-baghdad-central/

Fox Networks Group España to Produce Its First Fiction Series in SpainMoving into local fiction production in Spain, Fox Networks Group España will team with TV drama producer Globomedia, part of Spain’s Mediapro Group, to produce Season 3 of “Vis a Vis” (“Locked Up”). “Vis a Vis” turns on Macarena Ferreiro, a young woman framed by her lover-boss for corporate fraud. She ends up in Spain’s notorious Cruz del Sur penitentiary, surrounded by ruthless convicts. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-networks-group-espana-first-fiction-series-in-spain-1202488462/

BBC launches experimental VR appThe BBC has launched a virtual reality app for iOS and Android through its experimental BBC Taster division. The BBC said that the free app will feature a range of content designed to “push the limits of virtual reality on mobile devices” – including animated VR, interactive 360° videos, dynamic binaural audio and branching narratives. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/713811/bbc-launches-experimental-vr-app/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jamie Edelstein & Cheryl Konieczko Upped To VPs At Nickelodeon GroupJamie Edelstein has been promoted to VP Creative Operations, Advertising Project Management at NickelodeonGroup, and Cheryl Konieczko has been elevated to VP Franchise Creative Project Management. They continue to report to Eric Squires, SVP Creative Operations and Project Management, Nickelodeon Group. http://deadline.com/2017/07/jamie-edelstein-cheryl-konieczko-promoted-vp-nickelodeon-1202123851/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Hollywood Writers’ Earnings Fell 3.1% to $1.23 Billion in 2016Members of the Writers Guild of America West saw their earnings fall 3.1% to $1.23 billion in 2016, thanks to declines in both television and feature films. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/hollywood-writers-earnings-fall-2016-1202487626/

AdAge: ‘We’re Not Dumb’: Brands Worry Twitter Underestimates Its Bot ProblemEarlier this year, a brand started seeing unusual levels of engagement on Twitter. The advertiser had asked Twitter if any of the activity was from bots, which Twitter denied. So the agency decided to scrutinize the campaign itself. It turned out that between 10% and 20% of Twitter activity on that particular campaign came from bots, according to the agency executive. Bots are a sensitive subject for the service, which has fought to grow every legitimate regular. The official line at Twitter is that it now has 328 million monthly active users, and it doesn’t want its early reputation for hosting spammy bots to mar its future. http://adage.com/article/digital/brands-worry-twitter-underestimates-impact-bots-ads/309665/

Verge: In the age of streaming TV, who needs title sequences?In fact, there are now so many supercharged sequences that we are living through what could be called a kind of renaissance: Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, Orange Is the New Black. Some titles are so polished that they even threaten to outshine the programs they theoretically frame. …At the same time, the way we consume TV shows has also changed dramatically. As a result, title sequences can feel misplaced in this new genre, a vestigial nuisance for viewers who are four episodes into a season-long binge. … This conflict raises an interesting question: at a time when television titles have never been so good, what purpose do they actually still serve? https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/5/15886698/tv-title-sequence-history-sopranos-american-gods-netflix-skip

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