The Morning Update for Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Happy free slurpee day!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Netflix, Canal+ Order Harlan Coben Series With ‘Dexter’ Star Michael C. Hall
Netflix
and Canal+ in France have ordered “Safe,” a thriller from author Harlan Coben starring Michael C. Hall. Hall will play a British pediatric surgeon raising two teenage daughters Jenny and Carrie alone after the death of his wife. The family are seemingly safe inside a gated community when the eldest daughter sneaks out to a party and a murder and disappearance follow, changing all of their lives. Danny Brocklehurst (“Shameless”) has written the script for the eight-part drama. http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/netflix-harlen-coben-safe-michael-c-hall-dexter-1202491812/

George R.R. Martin Adapting Fantasy Novel ‘Who Fears Death’ for HBOAuthor Nnedi Okorafor announced that the premium cable network has optioned her 2010 science fiction and fantasy novel Who Fears Death with the Game of Thrones creator on board to executive produce and adapt the series for the small screen. Who Fears Death takes place in a fictionalized post-apocalyptic future version of Sudan. It revolves around Onyesonwu who is an Ewu, the child of an Okeke woman who was raped by a Nuru man. When she reaches maturity, she uses her magical powers in a bid to defeat her sorcerer father Daib. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/george-rr-martin-adapting-fantasy-novel-who-fears-death-hbo-1019692

Erica Messer Launches Production Company, Inks New Two-Year Pod Deal with ABC Studios
Erica Messer
has expanded her relationship with ABC Studios with a new two-year pod deal in addition to launching her own production company. Messer has launched Erica Messer Productions at Disney, which is focused on creating original series for ABC Studios. Messer has brought on longtime friend and TV/film development executive Deborah Cincotta as president of development for the company. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/erica-messer-abc-studios-1202491086/

THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’17: Fox’s ‘Ghosted’
Craig Robinson
and Adam Scott fighting the paranormal is a great premise, but the ‘Ghosted’ pilot works too hard to justify it. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/take-me-pilots-ghosted-1019729

(review) Variety: ‘Friends from College’ on NetflixThe problem with the dreadful “Friends From College” is not that its core characters are often selfish, deluded or uncaring; that is almost to be expected in the edgier realms of the vital half-hour scene. The show’s main issue is that it demonstrates little ability to create or deepen characters who are worth watching, despite their personal deficiencies. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/friends-from-college-netflix-review-cobie-smulders-keegan-michael-key-1202470880/

CASTING NEWS:

Marvel’s ‘New Warriors’ Sets Its Cast — Including Squirrel Girl
Milana Vayntrub
and Derek Theler lead the ensemble cast of the straight-to-series Freeform comedy. Joining Vayntrub and Theler are Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marvels-new-warriors-squirrel-girl-cast-milana-vayntrub-derek-theler-topline-freeform-comedy-1019588

Christina Hendricks to Topline NBC’s ‘Good Girls’ in RecastingThe ‘Mad Men’ alum will take over the role originally played by Kathleen Rose Perkins. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/christina-hendricks-nbcs-good-girls-replacing-kathleen-rose-perkins-1019838

‘Patrick Melrose’: Jennifer Jason Leigh & Hugo Weaving To Star In Showtime Limited SeriesJennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving are set for lead roles opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in five-part limited series Patrick Melrose (fka Melrose). In addition, Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack) has been tapped to direct. http://deadline.com/2017/07/patrick-melrose-jennifer-jason-leigh-hugo-weaving-star-showtime-limited-series-benedict-cumberbatch-1202125968/

‘Castle Rock’: Bill Skarsgård Joins Hulu’s J.J. Abrams/Stephen King SeriesHemlock Grove alum Bill Skarsgård has been cast as a series regular in Hulu‘s upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. http://deadline.com/2017/07/castle-rock-bill-skarsgard-cast-hulus-j-j-abramsstephen-king-series-1202126008/

‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’: Chris Diamantopoulos & Erinn Hayes To Star In Amazon Comedy SeriesErinn Hayes has quickly been tapped as the female lead of another comedy series, Amazon’s single-camera The Dangerous Book for Boys, from Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola. Also cast in a starring role on the series is Chris Diamantopoulos. http://deadline.com/2017/07/the-dangerous-book-for-boys-chris-diamantopoulos-erinn-hayes-star-amazon-comedy-series-bryan-cranston-1202124928/

Juliette Lewis To Recur In Epix’s ‘Graves’Secrets and Lies alum Juliette Lewis is putting her musical background to work. The Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress is set to recur on Season 2 of the Epix comedy Graves. http://deadline.com/2017/07/juliette-lewis-graves-epix-nick-nolte-1202126089/

Masi Oka Books Mozart in the Jungle Arc
Masi Oka
has boarded Amazon’s Golden Globe-nominated Mozart in the Jungle in a guest-starring Season 4 role. http://tvline.com/2017/07/11/masi-oka-mozart-in-the-jungle-season-4/

‘The Oath’: J.J. Soria Cast In Crackle Drama SeriesJ.J. Soria is set for a key role opposite Ryan Kwanten and 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/2017/07/the-oath-j-j-soria-cast-crackle-drama-series-ryan-kwanten-sean-bean-1202125899/

Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Replaced After 27 YearsPerformer Matt Vogel will assume the mantle. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/longtime-kermit-frog-voice-actor-replaced-27-years-1019780

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Aladdin’: Disney Struggles to Find Stars for Its Live-Action Movie
Guy Ritchie
and the studio are trying to wrap up a months-long search that has included names (Riz Ahmed, Dev Patel) and complete unknowns from around the world to play the street hustler turned prince. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/aladdin-movie-disney-struggles-find-stars-1019690

NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:

CNN Strikes New Hulu Deal for CNN Films, CNN Original Series
W. Kamau Bell, John Walsh
and Lisa Ling will join a parade that brings content from CNN to Hulu’s streaming-video service. CNN and Hulu have struck a new content deal that will bring six series and two films produced by the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet to the SVOD service. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/cnn-hulu-cnn-films-amy-entelis-1202490829/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Megyn Kelly Will Have Her Own Today Segment Starting This FallMegyn Kelly will host her own Today show segment starting September 25. The hour-long segment will air in the morning at 9/8c and feature a live studio audience. http://www.tvguide.com/news/megyn-kelly-today-show-segment/

Matador Content Inks Production Deal With Little CreaturesThe producers behind ‘Lip Sync Battle’ will develop new nonfiction projects with the company founded by R.J. Cutler and Jane Cha. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matador-content-inks-production-deal-little-creatures-1019659

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

African Drama ‘MTV Shuga’ to Get Indian VersionThe series, which has focused on issues of family planning, safe sex and HIV and which starred Lupita Nyong’o in its first two seasons, will also be localized for Egypt. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/african-drama-mtv-shuga-get-indian-version-1019924

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Brie Miranda Bryant to Head Reality at LifetimeThe exec, most recently of BET, will oversee unscripted development and production at the A+E net. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/brie-miranda-bryant-head-reality-at-lifetime-1019724

Michael London’s Groundswell Entertainment Taps Jessica Shulman As Head Of TVMichael London’s Groundswell Entertainment has hired Jessica Shulman as SVP to oversee its growing television slate. http://deadline.com/2017/07/michael-london-groundswell-entertainment-jessica-shulman-tv-1202126155/

Mireille Soria Named Head Of Paramount Animation
Paramount Pictures
named Mireille Soria to be president of Paramount Animation. She will report to Marc Evans, President of the Motion Picture Group. http://deadline.com/2017/07/mireille-soria-paramount-animation-1202126101/

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