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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Rosie O’Donnell back to The View, Catfish, Shameless, The Dovekeepers, and much more!

TONIGHT on TV–July 17, 2014:

  • Rush series premiere (9pm, USA Network)
  • Satisfaction series premiere (10pm, USA Network)
  • Married series premiere (10pm, FX)
  • You’re the Worst series premiere (10:30pm, FX) 

-Rosie O’Donnell is returning to The View now that Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy are all leaving. O’Donnell will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg. Meghan McCain, John McCain’s daughter, is also in serious contention to join as co-host. Shepherd and McCarthy will remain on the show through August 8 and the new season is set to begin September 15. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/its-official-rosie-odonnell-to-return-to-the-view-1201260510/

-MTV has renewed Catfish for a fourth season. They just wrapped their third season a few weeks ago. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/mtv-catfish-renewed-season-4/

-Raza Jaffrey has joined the cast of Elementary for a guest-starring role as Lucy Liu’s new boyfriend, Andrew! He will be in the new season which begins Thursday, October 30 at 10/9c on CBS. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Elementary-Raza-Jaffrey-Joan-Boyfriend-1084231.aspx

-USA Network has given a pilot order to Mr. Robot, a new drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/usa-network-pilot-mr-robot-drama/

-A comedy series about professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league, is in the works at Universal Television. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/robbie-rogers-comedy-series-gay-soccer-player-craig-zadan-neil-meron/

-The Teen Beach 2 cast has been announced. The main stars Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, and John DeLuca are all back as well as six bikers and surfers from the first movie. They are Jordan Fisher (Seacat), Chrissie Fit (Cheechee), Mollee Gray (Giggles), Kent Boyd (Rascal), Jessica Lee Keller (Struts), and Will Loftis (Lugnut). A premiere date has still not been announced, but I’m assuming it’ll be next summer. http://tvline.com/2014/07/15/teen-beach-movie-2-cast-confirmed-look-whos-coming-back/

-Robert Forster has joined the upcoming Fox series Backstrom as Everett Backstrom’s (Rainn Wilson) dad, Sheriff Blue Backstrom. He will appear in two episodes this season. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/robert-forster-backstrom-elizabeth-rodriguez-grimm/

-Elizabeth Rodriguez has booked a recurring role on NBC’s Grimm, as Special Agent Chavez, an FBI agent with a hidden agenda and a secret identity. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/robert-forster-backstrom-elizabeth-rodriguez-grimm/

-Cote De Pablo is set to star in CBS’s four-hour miniseries The Dovekeepers, which is set to air in 2015. The project is based on Alice Hoffman’s acclaimed historical novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. De Pablo will play Shirah, one of the four women. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/cote-de-pablo-dovekeepers-miniseries-cbs/

-Dermot Mulroney has joined season 5 of Shameless in a recurring role as ex-bad boy and recovering addict Sean Pierce, Fiona’s new manager at Patsy’s Pies. Their relationship will be very flirtatious. http://showtimeallaccess.tumblr.com/post/91980145677/the-handsome-dermot-mulroney-my-best-friends

-The seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy will premiere Tuesday September 9 at 10pm. The premiere will also be 1 hour and 45 minutes long. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/17/sons-of-anarchy-final-season-premiere-date/

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Fox changes dates, USA summer premiere dates, and more!

-Starting in May, you’ll be able to stream some of HBO’s older shows via an Amazon Prime subscription. You’ll be able to watch The SopranosThe Wire, and a few others including older episodes of Girls. Sex and the CityEntourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm will NOT be airing because they are tied up in various syndication deals with other channels. http://recode.net/2014/04/23/amazon-makes-a-big-move-snags-older-hbo-shows/

-Fox has moved the Masterchef premiere a week later on May 26. They have switched around their schedule now so here is the new one: http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/fox-pushes-masterchef-premiere-by-week/

  • Bones will air a repeat on April 28
  • The Following season finale airs April 28 right after Bones
  • Last two episodes of Bones airs May 12 and May 19 and will be paired with the first two regular-slot episodes of 24: Live Another Day

-USA has set their summer premiere dates! http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/usa-network-summer-rush-satisfaction-royal-pains/

  • Royal Pains (Tuesday June 10, 9-10 pm)
  • Suits (Wednesday June 11, 9-10 pm)
  • Graceland (Wednesday June 11, 10-11 pm)
  • Covert Affairs (Tuesday June 24, 10-11 pm)
  • Rush (Thursday July 17, 9-10 pm)
  • Satisfaction (Thursday July 17, 10-11 pm)

-HBO and BBC are teaming up to J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy as a three-hour miniseries. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/hbo-bbc-to-produce-j-k-rowlings-the-casual-vacancy-as-miniseries-1201161635/

-Andy Samberg is set to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live on May 17. The musical guest will be St. Vincent. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/23/charlize-theron-andy-samberg-snl/