The Morning Update for Monday, June 26, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, June 26, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Syfy Orders George RR Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot
Syfy
has ordered a pilot based on “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers.” Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/syfy-george-rr-martin-nightflyers-pilot-1202477118/

(sched) ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Gets Premiere Date On ABCABC has set Friday, September 29 for the premiere of Marvel’s Inhumans, its anticipated series based on the comic books. The first two episodes will air back-to-back September 29 from 8-10 PM on ABC. http://deadline.com/2017/06/marvels-inhumans-premiere-date-on-abc-1202119830/

(from Fri) ‘Girlboss’ Canceled by Netflix After One SeasonThe comedy’s axing follows the recent cancellations of ‘Sense8’ and ‘The Get Down.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/girlboss-canceled-by-netflix-one-season-1016559

(from Fri) ‘Downward Dog’ Canceled By ABC After 1 Season, Will Be Shopped To Other NetsABC has canceled new comedy series Downward Dogsix episodes into its eight-episode first season. Co-creators Samm Hodges and Michael Killen shared the news via Twitter. In the note to fans (read it below), they stress that the reasons for the cancellation were strictly financial and that they are “committed to finding a new home.” http://deadline.com/2017/06/downward-dog-canceled-abc-1202119415/

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: Me, Myself & IToggling as it does between eras, the stickiest wicket for Me, Myself & I is that you may very well prefer one “Alex” over the others, especially since the teen version lives a sweet, Wonder Years-like existence, while Moynihan’s is frustratingly and sadly hapless. http://tvline.com/2017/06/25/me-myself-i-preview-pilot-cbs-fall-lineup/

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) Heather Graham, Elizabeth Reaser Join ‘Law and Order True Crime’
Heather Graham
and Elizabeth Reaser, along with Deadwood grad Larry Cedar, have joined Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/heather-graham-elizabeth-reaser-join-law-order-true-crime-1016405

(from Fri) USA’s Comedic Crime Drama ‘Olive Forever’ Finds Its Star
USA Network’s Olive Forever
pilot has found its leading lady. Emily Rudd is to set to star in the comedic crime drama. Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a mysterious high school student with an affection for cat burglary-type shenanigans, mostly because she is a cat burglar. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/olive-forever-emily-rudd-star-1016371

(from Fri) Luke Grimes Starring in ‘Yellowstone’ With Kevin Costner
Luke Grimes
will star opposite Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone.” The Paramount Network show is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/luke-grimes-kevin-costner-taylor-sheridan-1202476973/

(from Fri) ‘One Day At A Time’ Casts Ed Quinn; ‘Heathers’ Adds Birgundi Baker & Cameron Gellman
Ed Quinn
(2 Broke Girls) is set for a recurring role on Season 2 of One Day At A Time, Netflix’s reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic. Birgundi Baker (Empire) and Cameron Gellman (20th Century Women) have signed on for recurring roles in Heathers, based on the 1988 cult classic film set for premiere on Paramount Network in 2018. http://deadline.com/2017/06/one-day-at-a-time-casts-ed-quinn-heathers-birgundi-baker-cameron-gellman-1202118775/

(animated) ‘Selma’ Lead David Oyelowo Joins the Pride in ‘The Lion Guard’ Season 2Selma and Star Wars Rebels actor David Oyelowo is set to voice Scar in Season 2 of The Lion Guard, a Disney Channel animated series continuing the story of the classic 1994 film The Lion King. https://www.tvinsider.com/251256/david-oyelowo-scar-the-lion-guard-season-2-disney-junior/

ABC’s 2017 Talent Competition Kicks Off; Expands To UKABC‘s annual search for new acting talent is underway. The 2017 ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition is accepting submissions beginning Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 9. Actors 18 and older can submit a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on ABCdiscovers.com. Performers are judged on the quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. The prize is a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. http://deadline.com/2017/06/abc-2017-talent-competition-kicks-off-expands-to-uk-1202119642/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Star Wars’ Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the FranchiseNew details emerge from the set of the troubled Han Solo movie (an editor fired, a last-minute acting coach hired) as insiders debate whether problems trace to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller or if the Disney and Lucasfilm series can accommodate divergent styles. …Lord and Miller were not prepared to have Kasdan become a shadow director. With an impasse reached, Kennedy finally pulled the trigger. The next day, when the crew was told that Ron Howard would take over as director, sources say they broke into applause. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-han-solo-movie-firing-new-details-behind-phil-lord-chris-miller-exit-1016619

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Facebook’s plan for original TV is coming togetherThe first crop of its original series has been set to launch later this summer (though a source later noted that was a “moving target”), and will have both the runtime and the budget of full-fledged cable TV productions. Thirty-minute episodes will include ads, and Facebook is reportedly willing to pay up to $3 million per episode for centerpiece shows. The company is also reportedly interested in sitcom programming with episodic budgets in the six-figure range. …Sources said that Facebook was looking to target an age range of 13–34, focusing on 17–30, and that the company was interested in its own takes on popular reality programming like The Bachelor, melodramas like Scandal, and a large swathe of comedy, but not shows about teens, nor “political dramas, news [or] shows with nudity and rough language.” Refinery29’s Strangers, which debuted at Sundance in January, is one of the first shows set to debut on the platform, alongside a revival of MTV’s Loosely Exactly Nicole. …And, in a major break from the way online competitors like Netflix and Hulu have been doing business, it will also open up its viewership data to Hollywood. https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/26/15872750/facebook-original-content-tv-shows-budget-ads-data

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Marathon to Stream Free on Twitch
Twitch
is back at it again with the stunt programming. Over a six-day stretch, 38 episodes of B-movie riffing comedy “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will live-stream on the Amazon-owned video game broadcasting service. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/mystery-science-theater-3000-mst3k-twitch-free-streaming-marathon-1202476723/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Amazon Greenlights Tour De France Docuseries Inspired By Hannah Grant BookAmazon has given the green light to an untitled documentary adventure series inspired by Hannah Grant’s book The Grand Tour Cookbook, about the athletes competing in the 104th Tour De France and the food that keeps them alive. http://deadline.com/2017/06/amazon-hannah-grant-tour-de-france-docuseries-1202119824/

(from Fri) Netflix Orders Justin Willman Magic Reality SeriesAs part of its push into reality programming, Netflix has greenlighted an original magic series created and headlined by magician/comedian Justin Willman. The streaming network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the untitled project for a 2018 launch. In what is believed to be Netflix’s first original foray into the magic space, the comedic docuseries will follow Willman as he brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of America. http://deadline.com/2017/06/netflix-justin-willman-magic-reality-series-1202119343/

(from Fri) Limited Series In Works Based On New Evidence Of Clutter Family Murders, Basis For Capote Bestseller ‘In Cold Blood’After new evidence emerged in the 1959 murders of the Herbert Clutter family, made famous by Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood, Glass Entertainment Group and Daniel H. Birman Productions have joined to produce a limited series based on what is one of the most famous crime stories in American history. This is the second series that we know of that is re-examining these murders. The other coming this fall is from documentarian Joe Berlinger and Sundance TV which has a four-part doc series tentatively titled Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited. http://deadline.com/2017/06/in-cold-blood-truman-capote-limited-series-clutter-family-murders-1202118798/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Netflix makes it Rain as Danish drama nearsProduction has begun on streaming service Netflix’s first Scandinavian original, a dystopian drama. The Rain has gone into production in Denmark, with FremantleMedia-owned Miso Film attached as producer.Set six years in the future, follows two siblings who join a group of young survivors of a brutal virus that has wiped out almost all of Scandinavia’s population.The Rain comes from Scandinavian screenwriter Jannik Tai Moshol, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/06/netflix-makes-rain-danish-drama-nears/766901/

AWARDS NEWS:

BET Awards Winners: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper Lead WayBest Movie – Hidden Figures
Best Actress – Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor – Mahershala Ali http://deadline.com/2017/06/bet-awards-winners-2017-beyonce-bruno-mars-chance-the-rapper-full-list-1202119806/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: SAG-AFTRA Contract Talks Hit Major RoadblockDecrying management’s demand for “outrageous rollbacks,” the leaders of SAG-AFTRA say they’ll call for membership to authorize a strike if a “fair and equitable” deal on a new film and TV contact isn’t reached by Friday. Contract talks began on May 31, and have definitely hit a major roadblock. http://deadline.com/2017/06/screen-actors-guild-strike-warning-contract-talks-1202119787/

Stratechery: Amazon’s New CustomerThis is the key to understanding the purchase of Whole Foods: to the outside it may seem that Amazon is buying a retailer. The truth, though, is that Amazon is buying a customer — the first-and-best customer that will instantly bring its grocery efforts to scale. …In the long run, physical grocery stores will be only one of the Amazon Grocery Services’ customers: obviously a home delivery service will be another, and it will be far more efficient than a company like Instacart trying to layer on top of Whole Foods’ current integrated model. https://stratechery.com/2017/amazons-new-customer/