I have a lot of stuff to go over since I was absent last week. This will be split up into two different blog posts.
-TNT is set to team up with Mark Wahlberg for a drama series based on the 2007 conspiracy thriller Shooter. John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening, The Shield) will write the series, now in development, and will executive produce with Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. The story centers on a marksman, former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg), who is coaxed back into action only to be framed for murder and goes on the run. The movie was based off the book Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. http://deadline.com/2014/09/shooter-tv-show-mark-wahlberg-tnt-832989/
-Mandy Moore (Saved, A Walk to Remember) has booked a big role on Fox’s new show Red Band Society. She will play Erin Grace, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital who also is Dr. McAndrew’s ex-fiancee. Red Band Society airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mandy-moore-books-big-role-732407
-Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam, 24) has landed a guest starring role on CBS new drama Scorpion. She will play Dr. Cassandra Davis, a psychologist assigned to evaluate Walter and team following a chaotic and costly conclusion to one of their cases. Scorpion airs Mondays at 9pm on CBS. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/12/shohreh-aghdashloo-scorpion/
-Luke Perry (90210) is set to join the newest CSI spinoff CSI:Cyber in a potentially recurring role. He will play Nick Dalton, a former FBI agent who was destined to run the cyber unit in Washington DC. After a classified falling out, Dalton set his sights on becoming a “futurist” for the private sector. Apparently Dalton will hold many secrets to Avery’s backstory. CBS is eyeing a midseason launch for the new show. http://tvline.com/2014/09/14/luke-perry-csi-cyber-cast-nick-dalton/
-Pete Davidson has joined Saturday Night Live as the only new featured player to join the show in its upcoming 40th season. http://deadline.com/2014/09/pete-davidson-cast-saturday-night-live-834404/
-Judd Apatow is working with Netflix to create a new relationship comedy TV series called Love, that already has a two season straight-to-series pickup. The show will star Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) which follows Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes which will debut in 2016 while season 2 will have 12 episodes and debut in 2017. http://deadline.com/2014/09/judd-apatow-comedy-series-netflix-paul-rust-gillian-jacobs-star-829825/
–Big Brother has been renewed for two more seasons. The 17th cycle will air next summer and the 18th cycle in summer 2016. Julie Chen will remain the host. Big Brother After Dark on TVGN has also been renewed for next summer. http://deadline.com/2014/09/big-brother-renewed-season-17-18-840701/
-IFC has renewed Maron for a third season. Production is set to begin this fall with 13 new half-hour episodes. It is set to return in the spring of 2015. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/16/maron-renewal-third-season/
-NBC with the help of Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), who is writing the show, is creating a TV series based on 1990 comedy Problem Child. The movies features John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-old boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction. The single-camera comedy is currently in development. http://deadline.com/2014/09/problem-child-series-nbc-scot-armstrong-835186/
–Saturday Night Live has a new announcer. After Don Pardo’s death, they have asked Darrel Hammond to be the show’s new official announcer. SNL kicks off season 40 on September 27 with host Chris Pratt and Musical Guest Ariana Grande. Then on October 4 there is Sarah Silverman and Maroon 5. And then Bill Hader and Hozier on October 11. http://tvline.com/2014/09/18/darrell-hammond-saturday-night-live-announcer-replacing-don-pardo-snl/
-Sam Richardson, who played Richard in a few episodes of Veep has been joined the cast as a series regular for season 4. He will be joining Selina’s staff as an aide. Veep is expected to return for its fourth season in April. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/18/sam-richardson-veep-series-regular/
The rest will be a separate blog post!
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