Riverdale, F is for Family, and Bewitched!

It will be another multiple post dayI really should start posting more than once a week! 

-Courtney Love will be joining the cast of Fox’s midseason drama Empire in a recurring guest star role. She will play Elle Dallas, “a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists.” http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/23/courtney-love-drama/

-James Corden will take over The Late Late Show on CBS on March 9, 2015 but apparently a rotating roster of guest hosts will take over the show until then. Craig Ferguson will leave the show in December. No word on who the guests will be yet. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/23/late-late-show-james-corden-march-2015/

-Greg Berlanti (executive producer of ArrowThe Flash) is bringing the beloved Archie comics to the small screen. Riverdale, a drama based on the characters from the Archie comics has landed at Fox with a script deal plus penalty. http://deadline.com/2014/10/archie-comics-series-riverdale-greg-berlanti-roberto-aguirre-sacasa-fox-858971/

-Cody Simpson (Australian pop star, teen idol) is joining the cast of Cougar Town for its sixth and final season airing in early 2015, for one episode. In the episode, Simpson will play Pete, a high school student who bears a very strong resemblance to Grayson (Josh Hopkins) in both looks and behavior. http://www.eonline.com/news/590726/find-out-which-pop-star-is-heading-to-cougar-town-for-its-final-season

-Netflix has greenlighted F is For Family, a six-episode animated series based on the comedy of Bill Burr. The family comedy will debut in 2015. The show follows the Murphy family in the 1970s–“a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a gun to the airport.” Burr will voice Frank Murphy, the family’s extreme patriarch; Laura Dern will voice Frank’s wife, Sue, and Justin Long will voice the family’s oldest son, Kevin. http://deadline.com/2014/10/bill-burr-animated-series-vince-vaughn-netflix-857571/

Gotham has cast Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Tompkins, “a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s House for the Criminally Insane.” The character is from the original comics. She is expected to be a recurring role this season and a series regular in a presumed season 2. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/22/gotham-morena-baccarin/

-ABC is creating a Shark Tank spinoff, Beyond the Tank, which will follow what happens after the start-ups are launched. The network has picked up 10 hourlong episodes. No premiere date has been determined. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-orders-shark-tank-spinoff-732409

-Showtime has found a replacement for Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Happyish, Steve Coogan will now play Thom Payne. It will now go back to the pilot stage and production will begin in New York. No word on if anyone from the original cast (Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn) will return. The show is a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/steve-coogan-replace-philip-seymour-676767

-Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) has been cast opposite Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony, USA Network’s family drama/thriller pilot about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious “foreign” occupation. Righetti will play Madeline, younger sister of Katie (Callies) and the mother of a diabetic child in need of insulin. http://deadline.com/2014/10/amanda-righetti-cast-carlton-cuse-colony-pilot-usa-857759/

Bates Motel has cast Kevin Rahm (Mad Men) for a recurring role during season 3. He will play Bob Paris, the wealthy, self-involved and gregarious owner of an elite hunting club who grew up with Sheriff Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell). The pair now have a strained relationship, but they keep their mutual dislike under wraps. Bates Motel returns March 2015. http://tvline.com/2014/10/22/bates-motel-kevin-rahm-season-3/

-The Bewitched follow up series has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. The new version is a reimagining of the original series two generation later. It centers on Daphne–Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter– a single twenty-something witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life. But she soon realizes that the one thing she cannot conjure and control is the one thing she wants most– real love. http://deadline.com/2014/10/bewitched-series-nbc-857873/

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The Walking Dead companion series, The Late Late Show, Manhunt, and more!

-A The Walking Dead companion series pilot is on the verge of becoming an actual series. AMC has officially ordered a pilot set in the same zombie-plagued universe as The Walking Dead. The untitled project will go into production later this year and will be set in a different location than the original series as well as star a new cast of characters. The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season on October 12 on AMC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/05/walking-dead-companion-series/

Scandal is changing the first daughter! Instead of Madeline Carroll playing the role of First Daughter Karen Grant, Mary Mouser (Body of Proof) will be taking over the role, which will apparently get much bigger during season four. Mouser will first appear in an October episode. Scandal returns September 25 at 9/8c on ABC. http://tvline.com/2014/09/05/scandal-season-4-karen-grant-recast-mary-mouser/

-CBS has announced that James Corden (Gavin and Stacey) is the new host of The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson announced that he would be stepping down as the host in December. He will take over next year at some point. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29113080

-NBC has ordered a 10-episode straight to series order of an anthology drama called Manhunt. Each season of Manhunt will dramatize the mounting tension of an entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets at large. “It will examine the moment an American or international city becomes a police state, a war zone, or a ground zero and the ensuing bloodlust it inspires. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-orders-anthology-drama-manhunt-731082

The Newsroom’s third and final season, The Comeback season two, and Getting On season two are all returning to HBO on Sunday, November 9th beginning at 9pm! http://www.webserieschannel.com/2014/09/09/newsroom-comeback-getting-season-premiere-dates-announced-hbo-video/

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be heading to Austin for Election 2014 coverage. They will be there for a week of shows leading up to Election Day 2014, broadcasting in the capital city where the indicted Texas governor still rules. “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess” will be taped at ZACH Theatre in Austin, airing at 11pm ET/PT from Monday, October 27 through Thursday October 30, 2014. They also promise to cover politcal midterm election races across the country, not just from Texas that week. http://thecomicscomic.com/2014/09/09/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-to-visit-austin-for-election-2014-coverage/

-Halle Berry and House executive producer Katie Jacobs are teaming up for another medical drama with an unorthodox protagonist. The untitled project centers on an enigmatic surgeon who imprisons himself in a state-of-the-art private hospital on the grounds of prison. http://deadline.com/2014/09/halle-berry-katie-jacobs-to-produce-cbs-medical-drama-831704/

-Zachary Quinto has been cast in a provocative mini-series The Slap. The show is billed as a complex family drama about what happens after a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child Quinto will play the role of Harry, the slapper. The mini-series, which will consist of eight episodes, is based on an acclaimed 2001 Australian project is written by Jon Robin Baitz. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/09/zachary-quinto-the-slap/

-Fox is developing a new series with the pitch, “After a devastating supernatural attack, an Iraq war vet takes it as his mission to hunt down the most viscerally terrifying paranormal phenomenon.” http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/11/fox-24-x-files/

-Barbara Streisand is set for a rare Late-Night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She will be the only guest on the September 15 episode to mark the release of her album Partners, which hits stores the following day. http://deadline.com/2014/09/barbra-streisand-tonight-show-starring-jimmy-fallon-september-15-832848/

The Daily Show, The Late Late Show, The Comeback, and more!

Tonight on TV April 29, 2014:

  • Playing House series premiere (USA, 10 pm)

-Disney Channel has renewed Austin & Ally for a  fourth season. No premiere date for the new season has been announced yet. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/austin-and-ally-renewed-disney-channel/

The Daily Show has hired SNL writer and standup comedian Michael Che as a correspondent to join the series in June. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/28/daily-show-michael-che/

-Jim Rash is joining Glee tonight (Fox, 8/7c). He will be playing the head of Fox who goes to see Rachel in Funny Girlhttp://cartermatt.com/118611/glee-season-5-spoilers-communitys-jim-rash-appear/

-Fox will be broadcasting Grease Live in 2015. It will be a live three-hour production of the popular musical Greasehttp://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/04/28/breaking-tv-news-fox-to-broadcast-grease-live-in-2015/

-Sarah Silverman is joining season 2 of Masters of Sex in a recurring role. She will play “Helen” but I have no idea the background of Helen. Production is currently underway and the new season will premiere Sunday, July 13 at 10 pm ET/PT on Showtime. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/04/28/sarah-silverman-joins-showtimes-masters-of-sex-for-season-2/8419101/

-Craig Ferguson is leaving The Late Late Show in December when his contract expires. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/craig-ferguson-to-leave-late-late-show-in-december-1201166165/

-HBO’s The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow is coming back to TV. It will be coming back for a six-episode run with production scheduled to begin May 19. HBO has not confirmed anything but multiple sources have said that writers are already working on the scripts. http://www.eonline.com/news/536190/the-comeback-is-coming-back-for-six-episodes-and-it-s-the-best-news-in-the-history-of-everything-get-the-exclusive-details

-Patricia Arquette will star in the CSI spin-off.  She will star as Avery Ryan, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division. Instead of a traditional pilot, the concept is integrated into an episode of the original CSI episode set to air April 30 (tomorrow). http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/28/csi-spin-off-first-look-patricia-arquette/?

-Lifetime has ordered new episodes of Bring It. The network has ordered 10 episodes that are slated to premiere this summer. It will also air an hour-long bonus episode Bring It! Miss D Breaks It Down on May 7 at 10 pm. The season finale airs tomorrow night (April 30) at 10 pm.  http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/lifetime-orders-new-episodes-of-bring-it/

-Showtime has ordered a new project, Snowfall, and will star John Singleton. The project will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/showtime-drama-to-chronicle-origins-of-crack-cocaine-epidemic-in-los-angeles/

-A&E has ordered The Return straight to series for a 10-episode pickup. The show is based off of a French zombie drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/a-es-returned-adaptation-ordered-699658

-Starz has ordered two seasons of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Blunt Talk. The 20-episode pickup will be divided between two seasons of 10 episodes each and will air in 2015. It is a character-driven comedy revolving around Walter Blunt, a British transplant intent on conquering the world of American cable news. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/starz-orders-two-seasons-seth-699691

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