The Morning Update for Friday, July 21, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, July 21, 2017. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

FremantleMedia Bringing Heather Lende’s ‘Find The Good’ to TVFremantleMedia has taken the rights to Heather Lende memoirs ‘Find The Good’ and ‘If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name’ and will package and pitch them to US and international channels as an accessible family drama. The books, based on Lende’s life as a small-town Alaska obituary writer who investigates the lives of her recently deceased neighbors, will form the basis of the series. http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/fremantle-heather-lende-find-the-good-1202502220/

The Originals to End After Season 5The Originals will come to an end following Season 5. Creator Julie Plec made the announcement on Twitter. http://tvline.com/2017/07/20/the-originals-cancelled-no-season-6-ending/

TBS Unveils Three Original Animated Series, Teases New ‘American Dad!’ Episodes…The TBS animation panel at the San Diego convention released four never-before-seen clips of their upcoming series — “Close Enough,” “Final Space,” and “Tarantula” — as well as a look into the next season of “American Dad!” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tbs-american-dad-close-enough-final-space-tarantula-comic-con-animation-1202501452/

CASTING NEWS:

Jimmy Smits Joins ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Season 4…The ‘West Wing’ alum will recur in the upcoming fourth season of the Shondaland drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jimmy-smits-joins-how-get-away-murder-season-4-1023071

Legion Adds Wonder Woman Actor to Play Season 2’s Big BadLegion‘s main villain will have a new face in Season 2. The FX superhero drama has added Saïd Taghmaoui to next season’s cast. http://tvline.com/2017/07/20/legion-fx-season-2-cast-said-taghmaoui-amahl-farouk/

‘Workin’ Moms’ Comedy Adds to Season 2 CastThe Handmaid’s Tale star Amanda Brugel, Angela Asher and CSI: Miami’s Christopher Redman have nabbed leading roles in Black-ish star Catherine Reitman’s original comedy Workin’ Moms, now shooting its second season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/workin-moms-comedy-adds-season-two-cast-1022871

Michael Shannon Joins David O. Russell’s Drama Series at AmazonMichael Shannon is set to join Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore in Amazon and Weinstein Co.’s new untitled drama series from David O. Russell. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/michael-shannon-david-o-russells-amazon-series-1202501434/

NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:

‘Stargate’ Revived as MGM Launches Digital Franchise DestinationMGM have revived the franchise as a 10-episode digital series — Stargate Origins — that will live exclusively on a dedicated subscription-based platform called Stargate Command. The new series, which will feature 10-minute episodes, will follow fan-favorite character Catherine Langford and explore a new chapter in her early history surrounding the portal. The new series will be produced by MGM’s Digital Group and entertainment studio New Form. It will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan and written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stargate-revived-as-mgm-launches-digital-franchise-destination-1022957

‘Dance Moms’ Chloe Lukasiak To Topline A+E Short-Form Series ‘Chloe Does It!’…Building on the success of Lifetime’s Dance Moms franchise, A+E Networks has given the green light to Chloe Does It!, new short-form series starring Dance MomsChloe Lukasiak. Produced by A+E Networks’ in-house digital agency 45th & Dean, the eight-episode series will run exclusively on Lifetime’s YouTube channel initially, with two episodes premiering each week beginning Monday, July 24. http://deadline.com/2017/07/dance-moms-chloe-lukasiak-ae-series-chloe-does-it-youtube-1202132099/

Amazon Picks Up Australian Series ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Starring Natalie DormerAmazon has acquiredPicnic at Hanging Rock, the upcoming six-episode Australian drama series starring Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, for a 2018 premiere on Amazon Prime Video US. The series, a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s classic Australian novel, hails from director Larysa Kondracki and distributor FremantleMedia International. Picnic at Hanging Rock chronicles the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. http://deadline.com/2017/07/amazon-australian-series-picnic-at-hanging-rock-natalie-dormer-star-1202131351/

YouTube TV Launches in 10 New Markets, Including Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, DCGoogle’s Internet TV service YouTube TV expanded into ten new markets, and is streaming live local programming from all major broadcasters in nine of those ten markets. Altogether, YouTube is now available in 15 metropolitan areas across the U.S. The new markets that lit up Thursday include Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Charlotte, and Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as Washington, D.C. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/youtube-tv-launches-houston-atlanta-dc-10-cities-1202501333/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

All3Media comedy drama headed to ABC in OzAll3Media international has concluded a deal in Australia for the BBC Four comedy drama Bucket.The four-part comedy drama follows Mim (Miriam Margolyes) as she gets her only child Fran (Frog Stone) to drive them on “the minibreak they never had” to mark her 70th birthday. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/07/all3media-comedy-drama-headed-abc-oz/775601/

TWDC NEWS:

(comic books) Marvel Launching Digital-Exclusive ‘Iron Fist’ Series on ComiXology‘Immortal Iron Fists’ will be the first in a line created exclusively for the Amazon-owned platform. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/marvels-immortal-iron-fist-series-is-a-comixology-1022353

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

CBS Drama Head Christina Davis to Exit…The 20-year network veteran will not return from maternity leave. A replacement has not yet been determined. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-drama-head-christina-davis-exit-1022969

A+E’s Rob Sharenow Upped, Eli Lehrer in as History Channel ChiefRob Sharenow is being elevated to president of programming for the larger network group, expanding his purview beyond simply A&E and Lifetime. In his new position, he will work closely with Paul Buccieri, who oversees the business and commercial side of the portfolio, and have each of the individual networks’ executive vice presidents reporting into him. As part of the reorganization, former Lifetime exec Eli Leher, who was most recently at MTV2, is coming back into the fold as executive vp programming at History, replacing recently departed Jana Bennett in the role. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/a-es-rob-sharenow-upped-eli-lehrer-as-history-channel-chief-1023061

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million
…Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to push for an increase in California’s production tax incentives to at least $500 million annually — up more than 50% from the current $330 million figure. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-production-tax-incentives-1202501542/

(music) Outlne: Hip-hop and R&B are officially the U.S.’s dominant music genres… According to Nielsen Music’s 2017 mid-year report, the two genres account for just over a quarter of all music consumed in the U.S. That segment is even higher, 29.1 percent, when it comes to on-demand audio and video streams. It also marks the first time rock has slipped from that top spot, though it still remains dominant by some metrics, making up 42.7 percent of physical album sales. https://theoutline.com/post/1929/hip-hop-r-n-b-top-music-genres

(rumor) Wrap: She’s Back?! Nikki Finke Poised to Return to Deadline Hollywood as ColumnistNikki Finke is poised to return to Deadline Hollywood as a columnist as soon as September. Over the last few weeks, Finke has been telling executives around Hollywood that she is coming back to the entertainment trade website that she founded. Michael Fleming Jr. would remain in charge of the website, according to multiple people with knowledge of the Finke’s advanced negotiations to return — which still could unravel at the last minute given the history of the players involved. http://www.thewrap.com/nikki-finke-return-deadline-hollywood-exclusive/

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