Friends, Self Promotion, and HBO Standalone Service

-Katy Perry will be performing during the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime show. The Super Bowl will be broadcast on Sunday, February 1 on NBC. http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/katy-perry-super-bowl-xlix-halftime-show-performer/

-Alexandra Krosney (Last Man Standing) has been cast as the lead in MTV’s dark comedy pilot Self Promotion, that will be directed by Zach Braff. The show centers on an overworked assistant Katie Preston (Krosney) who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing. Things get messy fast, with Katie, believing she’ll be the prime suspect, covering up the crime scene. She starts calling the shots in her boss’s “absence,” and goes full CSI to find out what actually happened and exonerate herself. http://deadline.com/2014/10/alexandra-krosney-to-topline-mtv-pilot-self-promotion-nicole-bloom-to-co-star-849185/

-Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles in Toy Story for an ABC holiday special. ABC will be airing Toy Story That Time Forgot on Tuesday, December 2 at 8pm ET on ABC. The gang will gather after a post-Christmas play date and they find themselves facing off against a group of action figures who turn out to be “dangerously delusional.” The gang will need the help of Trixie the triceratops if they ever hope to go back to Bonnie’s room. The whole gang will be back for the special. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/10/abc-toy-story-holiday-special/

-A Guardians of the Galaxy animated series has been announced at New York Comic-Con. The series will debut in 2015 on Disney XD, but fans can get a sneak peek at the artwork and test footage now. http://www.cnet.com/news/marvels-guardians-of-the-galaxy-animated-tv-series-on-the-way/

-HBO is set to launch a standalone service in 2015, which is described as an over-the-top HBO Go. I have no idea how much it will cost or when it will be released. http://deadline.com/2014/10/richard-plepler-time-warner-investor-day-hbo-ceo-presentation-851815/

-All 10 season of Friends will be available on Netflix on January 1, 2015. http://deadline.com/2014/10/friends-netflix-streaming-deal-851909/

-Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Oscars, which will take place on February 22, 2015 on ABC. I’m really hoping there is a musical number (or two). http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2014/10/15/neil-patrick-harris-to-host-the-2015-oscars/17319865/

Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Good Night and Good Luck) is joining FX’s The Americans during the third season as Gabriel, the former KGB handler for Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell). Gabriel comes out of retirement to resume oversight of those two operatives, taking over from the previous handler Claudia (Margo Martindale). http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/10/16/frank-langella-joins-fxs-the-americans/17358433/

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-Dex

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House of Cards, 12 Monkeys, and Men in Shorts

There is so much news! I probably should have done another post earlier in the week but I was so swamped with midterms (since I’m still in college) that I just didn’t have time. This honestly may have to be 3 posts. This is post 2/3.

-Sam Neill (Merlin, Peaky Blinders) has joined the cast of CBS’ The Dovekeepers, a four hour miniseries, based on the Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. He will play Josephus, the somewhat controversial first-century Jewish scholar and historian. The Dovekeepers should premiere on CBS in 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sam-neill-star-cbs-dovekeepers-740346

-Victor Garber (Alias) has booked a guest-starring gig on CBS’ Blue Bloods. He will appear in the November 21 episode, as Donald Stein, a charismatic scion of a New York real estate dynasty who is also a highly respected Jewish leader. He is deeply disturbed by the recent murders of several prominent Jewish men in the city. Blue Bloods airs Fridays at 10/9c on CBS. http://tvline.com/2014/10/16/blue-bloods-season-5-casts-victor-garber/

Jenna Stern (Law & Order) is joining Netflix’s House of Cards for a multi-episode arc as an ambassador at the United Nations. http://tvline.com/2014/10/16/house-of-cards-season-3-spoilers-jenna-stern-cast/

-Netflix also stated that Lilyhammer will return for an eight-episode third season on November 21. http://deadline.com/2014/10/lilyhammer-season-3-premiere-november-netflix-852925/

-Hunter Parrish (Weeds) is appearing on Fox’s The Following in the upcoming third season, premiering in early 2015, as Kyle, one half of a “murderous” couple. Kyle and his girlfriend Daisy, played by Ruth Kearney (Tyrant) aren’t afraid to “go to extreme lengths to keep the spark alive in their relationship.” http://tvline.com/2014/10/14/the-following-season-3-spoilers-hunter-parrish-character-details/

-HBO has given a pilot order to Codes of Conduct, a provocative exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems. Devon Terrell, who is new to the business, will star as Beverly Snow, a young man from Queens who is as talented as he is ambiguous. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) co-wrote the pilot script alongside Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/steve-mcqueen-drama-lands-hbo-740712

-Chris Rock is set to host Saturday Night Live with musical guest Prince for the November 1 episode. Jim Carrey will host the November 25 episode with musical guest Iggy Azalea. http://www.thewrap.com/chris-rock-to-host-saturday-night-live-with-musical-guest-prince/

-ABC has closed a deal for Men In Shorts, a single-camera comedy inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league. http://deadline.com/2014/10/robbie-rogers-comedy-series-gay-soccer-player-abc-843005/

-The CW is developing The Illusionist as a TV adapation. The 2006 film featuring Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel is based on the short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser. The plot is set 100 years ago in Vienna and centers on a magician who uses his skills to woo a woman above his social standing. http://www.tvguide.com/News/CW-Illusionist-Mark-Hudis-1088068.aspx

-Syfy has taken on the graphic novel Dark Matter for a 13-episode drama to debut in 2015. The graphic novel centers on the crew of a derelict spaceship that is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they go on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfy-stargate-producers-take-graphic-740985

-Lori Petty will appear in a multi-episode arc on Netflix’s third season of Orange Is the New Black. Her character, Lolly, was first introduced as the inmate who sat next to Piper (Taylor Shilling) on a plane in the series’ season 2 premiere. http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/orange-is-the-new-black-season-3-cast-lori-petty-lolly-return/

-Syfy has set a premiere date for 12 Monkeys. It will debut on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET. Aaron Stanford (Nikita) will star as a time traveler from a decimated future, who journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/09/syfy-12-monkeys-premiere-date/

-ABC has ordered full season orders for How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish. The episodes have been increased to 15 and 22, respectively. http://deadline.com/2014/10/how-to-get-away-with-murder-blackish-full-season-1-orders-abc-848758/

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-Dex 

 

CBS Subscription Service, Mission Control, and The Voice

There is so much news! I probably should have done another post earlier in the week but I was so swamped with midterms (since I’m still in college) that I just didn’t have time. This honestly may have to be 3 posts. Let’s get started! 

-CBS is launching its own subscription service for on-demand consumption for its new TV shows as well as their old ones. Since they are not part of Hulu (jointly owned by ABC, NBC, and Fox) they have been out of the subscription service for awhile and have only focused on their website (which I might add, is not very good compared to Hulu). “CBS All Access” will offer thousands of episodes from many of CBS’ current programs, classic series in its library as well as content from its local-TV station, for $5.99 a month. With the service, anyone who wants to watch CBS shows will be able to do so whether or not they subscribe to a programming package from a video distributor (aka a standalone service). http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/cbs-to-launch-svod-all-access-service-with-current-and-classic-programs-1201331028/

-Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, Parks and Recreation) is coming to New Girl for the holidays! He will guest-star as a Grinch-like character in the Christmas episode. His character, Barry, a beleaguered airline representative the gang encounter at the airport is tired of dealing with holiday travelers and Christmas itself. Catch the episode on Tuesday, December 9 at 9/8c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/16/billy-eichner-new-girl-season-4-christmas-episode/

-NBC has canceled Mission Control before it has even aired. The show was set for a midseason debut and it starred Kristen Ritter. The main issue apparently was casting issues, which underwent recasting days after it was picked up to series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-cancels-comedy-mission-control-741026

-Archie Panjabi (who plays Kalinda Sharma) will be leaving The Good Wife at the end of this season, after her contract has ended. She did not renew her contract because she is planning on starring in a drama pilot for CBS in the spring. No word on how she will depart, but this does not mean the end for The Good Wife, which airs Sundays at 9/8c on CBS. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-wifes-archie-panjabi-exit-740993

-A Bewitched remake is eyeing a comeback. There is already interest from multiple networks about a remake. The show is being written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who both worked on The Vow. I’ll keep you up to date on any new information that comes out about this. http://deadline.com/2014/10/bewitched-remake-series-sony-851716/

Bones has enlisted Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) to play Valentina, a New Age-focused doula that will “inject some lightness and levity into single-mom Daisy’s delivery.” She will appear in an early-December episode entitled “The Puzzler In the Pit.” Bones airs Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/15/bones-daisy-birth-baby-sweets-season-10-the-puzzler-in-the-pit/

Unforgettable has been canceled by CBS after three seasons. http://deadline.com/2014/10/unforgettable-cancelled-cbs-849580/

-Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) has joined ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club as a series regular. He will play Scott Carpenter, Rene’s (Yvonne Strahovski) laid-back husband. http://tvline.com/2014/10/13/wilson-bethel-astronaut-wives-club-cast-season-1/

-Fox’s Gotham gets a full-season order, which means they have ordered an additional six episodes bring the total number for the first season to 22. New episodes of Gotham air Mondays at 8/7c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/13/gotham-full-season-order-fox/

American Horror Story has been renewed for season 5 after the fourth season’s premiere broke FX records, with 10 million total views for the season four opener, the most-watched telecast in the network’s history. Season 5 will be 13 episodes and premiere in October 2015 with season 4 running through January 2015. http://www.eonline.com/news/587871/american-horror-story-renewed-for-season-5-after-freak-show-shatters-ratings-record

-Pharrell Williams is set to return for season 8 of The Voice as a coach. He will coach alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera, who is coming back from a maternity leave after sitting out the last two season. The eighth season will air in early 2015 on NBC. http://deadline.com/2014/10/pharrell-williams-the-voice-coach-season-8-850965/

-WGN America has renewed Manhattan for a second season ahead of its first season finale. The season finale airs Sunday, October 19 at 10 pm ET on WGN America. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/14/wgn-america-renews-manhattan-for-season-2/

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has booked Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent host) for a multi-episode arc. He will play Marcus, Holt’s charming and educated nephew who just moved to the city and will stay with his uncle until he finds his own place. His debut will be sometime in December. Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Sundays at 8:30pm on Fox. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/brooklyn-nine-nine-books-nick-cannon-740674

Look out for a second (and probably third) post coming soon! Thanks for checking out my blog! 

Dex 

 

Awkward, Public Morals, and Dig

-AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a sixth season days before the season 5 premiere on Sunday, October 12, at 9pm ET/PT. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/10/07/the-business-of-show-amc-renews-the-walking-dead-for-a-sixth-season/

-IFC has renewed The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret for a six-episode third season. Season 2 ended in early 2012 but the new season season will pick up right where the last season ended. Writing recently began on the new season and it should premiere sometime next year. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/07/ifc-renews-increasingly-poor-decisions-todd-margaret/

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is introducing parents! Sandra Bernhard (Switched at Birth, Roseanne) will debut as Gina’s “eccentric” and “offbeat” mother, Darlene Linetti in the November 9 episode. In the same episode we will also meet Boyle’s “very New York Italian” father, Lynn, played by Stephen Root (Fargo, Justified). Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Sundays at 8:30/7:30c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/07/brooklyn-nine-nine-sandra-bernhard-stephen-root-gina-boyle/

-USA Network has added four additional episodes of their upcoming action thriller event series, Dig. The total number of episodes is now 10. They have also set a premiere date for March 5. http://deadline.com/2014/10/dig-premiere-date-usa-network-episode-order-847431/

-MTV’s Awkward will end after season 5. It is currently midway through its fourth season, with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 10/9c on MTV. http://tvline.com/2014/10/08/awkward-cancelled-season-5-renewed-ending/

-Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman, Presumed Innocent) and Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives, Boomtown) have both booked major recurring roles on TNT’s Public Morals. The show is set in 1967 in New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice that can get the better of them. Dennehy will play Joseph “Big Red” Patton, a powerful mobster who controls the west side of Manhattan. McDonough will play Rusty, Joseph’s youngest son who is charming and handsome but ultimately power-hungry and dangerous. http://deadline.com/2014/10/brian-dennehy-neal-mcdonough-join-tnt-drama-public-morals-848039/

-Showtime has decided to go straight to series with In The Heat of the Night. The show is described as an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi. It is also based off the 1988 movie of the same name, which starred Carroll O’Connor and Howard E. Rollins Jr. http://deadline.com/2014/10/in-the-heat-of-the-night-tv-show-adaptation-showtime-848161/

-Amazon has renewed Transparent for a second season after becoming a number one hit on Amazon Prime Instant Video since its launch two weeks ago. The show  is about a transgendered parent, Maura formerly Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), who comes out to the LA family’s adult kids. The second season is slated to hit Amazon in 2015. All 10 half-hour episodes of season one are exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video. http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/amazon-renews-transparent-for-season-2-1201325699/

The Flash, CW’s new superhero TV series, has cast Victor Garber (Alias) as Dr. Martin Stein, a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late. Garber will first appear in the 12th episode. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/flash-casts-victor-garber-martin-stein-firestorm-1201325709/

-Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) will join Suits in a guest-starring role as Mike’s ex-flame. She will only appear in flashbacks to Mike’s past as a bike messenger. Her episode will air in the second half of Suit‘s fourth season, premiering in early 2015 on USA Network. http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/suits-season-4-cast-troian-bellisario-mikes-ex-girlfriend/

-CBS has renewed Under the Dome and Extant for a third and second season, respectively. They have also cancelled Recklesshttp://deadline.com/2014/10/under-the-dome-extant-renewed-reckless-cancelled-cbs-848606/

-Andy Mientus (Smash) has joined The Flash as hearing impaired (and openly gay) DC Comics villian Pied Piper, aka Hartley Hathaway. One of DC’s original rogues, Hartley is a bona fide genius who used to work at S.T.A.R. Labs until a falling out with his mentor, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). The particle accelerator robbed Hartley of his hearing, but inspired him to create a series of sonic weapons that he uses in an effort to punish Wells by destroying his new protege: The Flash. He is set to appear in episodes 11 and 12. http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/the-flash-pied-piper-gay-andy-mientus-season-1-cast/

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-Dex

Twin Peaks, Dallas, and Hollywood Game Night

-Showtime is bringing back Twin Peaks for a new limited series run. Series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are on board to write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series, while David Lynch will also direct every episode. The series will go into production in 2015 to air in 2016, marking the 25th anniversary of when the program last aired. “Set in the present day, Twin Peaks will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers for the series’ passionate fan base.” http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/10/06/breaking-tv-news-showtime-to-reboot-twin-peaks-as-a-limited-series/

-Angela Kinsey (The Office) is set to have a role on NBC’s new show Bad Judge. She will play the recurring role of Michelle Wagner, Rebecca’s (Kate Walsh) old pal from childhood, who is recently divorced and looks for help to regain some happiness and make up for the lost time she spent with her loser ex. Bad Judge airs Thursdays at 9pm on NBC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/02/bad-judge-angela-kinsey/

-Amazon has picked up Hand of God and Red Oaks to full series following positive reviews during their pilot season. http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/03/new-amazon-originals/

-CBS has put in a pilot commitment for a new crime procedural from Howard Gordon (producer of 24 and Homeland) and James Wong (executive producer of American Horror Story). The untitled crime procedural drama centers on an angel who, after losing his wings, saves the life of a female police detective and together they try to uncover the mystery of why the angel is stranded as a mortal on Earth. http://deadline.com/2014/10/howard-gordon-james-wong-drama-cbs-845329/

Hollywood Game Night has been renewed for a third season consisting of 10 episodes. Jane Lynch will return as the host. http://deadline.com/2014/10/hollywood-game-night-renewed-season-2-845675/

-Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor) are set to star in a limited-series adaptation of John le Carre’s 1993 espionage thriller, The Night Manager. BBC will air it in the U.K. and for now, no U.S. network has attached to the series yet but I would not be surprised if it happened soon. The Night Manager centers on Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier turned night auditor for a luxury hotel. Pine meets a French-Arab woman named Sophie, who gives him information on Richard Onslow Roper, a black market dealer who specializes in weapons, to turn over to British intelligence. Sophie’s betrayal to Roper gets her killed, and Pine becomes a spy with intelligence operatives in order to infiltrate Roper’s ring and avenge Sophie’s death. Hiddleston will play Pine and Laurie will play Roper. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/03/tom-hiddleston-hugh-laurie-the-night-manager/

-TNT has canceled Dallas after 3 seasons. http://tvline.com/2014/10/03/dallas-cancelled-season-4-tnt/

-Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has landed a guest-starring role on MTV’s Faking It. He will play Jackson Lee, a professional artist and Hester High alum who interviews art students for a prestigious fellowship. Faking It airs on Tuesdays at 10:30pm ET on MTV.  http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/06/faking-it-nicholas-brendon-buffy/

 

 

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, You’re the Worst, and Utopia

black-ish has cast Jenifer Lewis (Meet the Browns, Strong Medicine) to play Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom in a recurring role. Lewis’ character Ruby is described as follows: “She smothers pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother [Dre’s wife] Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who feels the same way about her.” She will make her first appearance later this season. http://tvline.com/2014/09/30/black-ish-cast-jenifer-lewis-anthony-anderson-mother/

-Fox is remaking Big. Loosely based on the film, it will tell a new story that explores the line between being a kid and an adult–and how those things are more confused than ever in today’s world. Biegel (Cougar Town) and Royce (Men of a Certain Age) will write and executive produce the comedy, which has given a script commitment, and would potentially air as an event series. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/30/fox-big-remake-enlisted-producers/

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will set up shop at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix following NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl XLIX and a special episode of The Blacklist on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Following the game, Fallon will spend a week in Los Angeles from Feb 2-5–marking the Tonight Show’s first visit west since it returned to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York earlier this year. Shows will be taped at Universal Studios Hollywood. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tonight-show-sets-super-bowl-736769

-Yvonne Strahovski (24) has booked a series regular role on the ABC drama Astronaut Wives Club. She will play Rene Carpenter, who is married to Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. A mother of four, she’s strong and upfront and enjoys the limelight but is and ready to use it for personal gain. The series will air spring 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/yvonne-strahovski-star-abcs-astronaut-736923

-FX has renewed You’re The Worst and Married both for second seasons. Both of have renewed for 13-episode orders but You’re The Worst has been moved to FXX, while Married is staying on FX. http://deadline.com/2014/09/married-youre-the-worst-renewed-season-2-fx-fxx-843762/

-FX has also ordered comedy pilot Pariah from the guys behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The half-hour comedy stars Bill Burr (Breaking Bad) and is about a volatile TV personality Joe Abbott who is exiled from show business after an on-air meltdown and is forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/01/fx-pariah-its-always-sunny-pilot/

-Netflix has ordered Kong–King of the Apes, an animated children’s series set in 2050 San Francisco. The series is a fresh take on the classic King Kong story, Alcatraz Island has been transformed into a natural history and marine preserve, but chaos ensues when Kong becomes public enemy No. 1. The villian that framed him unleashes an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the world and Kong is the only creature strong enough to stop them. He enlists the help of three young humans, who risk their lives to help Kong evade capture. The 12 half-hours episodes will debut worldwide in 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-orders-king-kong-animated-737206

-Fox has once again cut down on Utopia airings. From now on, the show will only air on Fridays (and has been yanked from Tuesday nights). Instead, Fox is going to launch the second season of Masterchef Junior in the Tuesday 8pm slot starting Nov 4. Next week, Fox will encore its Family Guy/Simpsons crossover episode in the time period, then have animated repeats the following week. Then Fox’s World Series coverage will take over the night until the premiere of Masterchef Junior, which was originally intended for Friday night. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/01/fox-pulls-utopia/

-USA Network has renewed drama Satisfaction but cancelled Rush. There has still been no word on the future of Playing House. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/usa-renews-drama-satisfaction-cancels-737421

-Disney has renewed Star Wars Rebels for second season on Disney XD. The series officially begins its first season on October 13 on Disney XD but tomorrow night (October 3) Disney Channel will broadcast a movie, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion ahead of the series. http://deadline.com/2014/10/disney-renew-star-wars-rebels-844725/

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-Dex

Mistresses, Young & Hungry, and House of Lies

I have a lot of stuff to go over and it’s only been a week! 

Now Streaming on Netflix–October 2014: http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/09/25/now-streaming-on-netflix-october-2014/

-Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) has booked a guest-starring role on Last Man Standing. She will play Helen Potts, a recently divorced neighbor of Mike’s (Allen) who has gotten into a bit of conflict with Mike’s frenemy, Chuck (Jonathan Adams). Last Man Standing returns with a one-hour season premiere on Friday, October 3 at 8pm on ABC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/26/last-man-standing-patricia-richardson-home-improvement/

Devious Maids has been renewed for a third season. The new season (on Lifetime) will consist of 13 episodes and has no premiere date set yet. http://deadline.com/2014/09/devious-maids-renewed-season-3-new-showrunners-841978/

-Christian Camargo (Haven, Dexter) is set to guest star on Elementary as a past (and possibly future) love of Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). His character, Chris, is Joan’s former medical colleague as well as her ex-boyfriend and he reaches out to her for help with a problem–but during the course of their association, old feelings get stirred up. Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS. http://tvline.com/2014/09/29/elementary-christian-camargo-joan-love-interest-season-3/

-Demetri Martin (stand up comic, Important Things with Demetri Martin) has joined the fourth season of House of Lies as Marty’ (Don Cheadle) new partner, Ellis Hightower, a maverick inventor and CEO. Showtime’s House of Lies returns in 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/showtimes-house-lies-adds-demetri-736387

-ABC Family has renewed Young & Hungry for a second season. They have also picked up its first-ever procedural drama Stitchers. The show is about “a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.”http://tvline.com/2014/09/29/young-hungry-renewed-season-2-abc-family/

-Naomi Campbell has joined Fox’s new show Empire as Camilla, an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with the much-young Hakeem (newcomer Bryshere Gray), the potential heir to Lucious’ throne. The drama is set in the world of a hip-hop empire and stars Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), the head of a record label at the center of the series. The series is set to debut in early 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/naomi-campbell-joins-lee-daniels-735992

Mistresses has been renewed for a third season. The 13 episode new season will air in Summer 2015. http://tvline.com/2014/09/30/mistresses-season-3-renewal-abc/

-Marvel has announced that Dominic Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark on ABC’s Agent Carter, premiering in 2015. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/there-is-no-deal-for-dominic-cooper-to-star-in-abcs-marvels#2f2w4ur

-TBS has given a green light to The Smiths, an unscripted series centering on former NBA star and current Turner Sports regular Kenny Smith and his wife Price is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith. Six episodes of the series have been ordered and should have a spring 2015 premiere. The series will focus on the two parents as well as their five kids aged 2-20. http://deadline.com/2014/09/kenny-smith-reality-series-gwendolyn-osborne-smith-tbs-843540/

More in a second post!

-Dex