Caffeine – TV News – April 9th Edition

TV News

This week’s TV news brings us some exciting renewals, but first let’s catch up on scheduling news!

Premiere dates:
May 19th: 12 Monkeys
June 4th: Fear the Walking Dead
June 9th: Dark Matter
June 11th: Claws
June 14th: Blood Drive
June 28th: Younger
June 30th: Killjoys
August 18th: The Defenders
October 1st: Poldark

Renewed: Falling Water, A Series of Unfortunate Events (for a third season), Colony, Brockmire, Criminal Minds

Canceled: Man Seeking Woman

The Will & Grace revival order has been increased to twelve episodes.

Activist Darcus Howe filmed a cameo for civil rights drama Guerrilla shortly before his death.

SundanceTV will air Transparent this summer.

New showrunners:
Falling Water: Remi Aubuchon
Silicon Valley: Clay Tarver (joining the existing showrunners)
Star: Karin Gist (joining the existing showrunners)

Jeff Melvoin is stepping down as Designated Survivor showrunner but staying with the show.

Larry Trilling will direct the first three episodes of Condor.

Walter Hill will direct two episodes of Goliath.

Ovation has picked up U.S. rights to British historical drama The Halcyon and Canadian WWII spy series X Company.

And Netflix has joined BBC Two thriller Collateral.

Ordered to series:
Azteca America: Ripped-from-the-headlines drama The Wall, thriller Mental Hospital, prison thriller Vis a Vis
CBC: 1920s female detective series
Frankie Drake
Freeform: Marvel comedy
New Warriors written and showrun by Kevin Biegel
Netflix: High school sitcom
Alexa & Katie starring Paris Berelc and Isabel May
Showtime: Tom McCarthy limited series
Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes

In development:
Anonymous Content: A supernatural series based on Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King
Blumhouse: A series based on The Purge
Bunim/Murray Productions: A scripted limited series about soccer legend Pele
EuropaCorp: James Patterson adaptation The French Detective
Go Nellie Productions: An historical drama about Victoria Woodhull
HBO: Opioid epidemic drama Jackson State
Maven Pictures: A series about Penthouse founder Bob Guccione
SP Entertainment Group: A fantasy show based on Piers Anthony’s Xanth series

Period drama Monsters of God is not moving forward at TNT.

Promoted to series regular:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Scott Michael Foster, David Hull
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Osric Chau

Guest stars:
9J, 9K and 9L: Paul Feig
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: L. Scott Caldwell
Law & Order: SVU: Christopher McDonald, Bonnie Somerville, Mark Moses
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Justin Butcher, Georgina Campbell, Bekka Bowling, Christopher Staines, Malik Ibheis

Returns:
Doctor Who: John Simm
Hawaii Five-0: Ian Anthony Dale
Jane the Virgin: Brett Dier

Casting:
American Horror Story: Billie Lourd
Black-ish spinoff: Chris Parnell, Matt Walsh, Trevor Jackson
Brothered Up: John C. McGinley
The Child in Time: Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Saskia Reeves
Collateral: John Simm, Nicola Walker, Billie Piper
Condor: Mira Sorvino, Brendan Fraser
Dice: Ron Livingston
Jane the Virgin: Tyler Posey
Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Bar Paly
The Long Road Home: Roland Buck, Carter Redwood
The Machine: Katee Sackoff, Lance Henriksen, Jaeden Bettencourt
Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Janet McTeer
Mayans MC: Raymond Cruz
The Miniaturist: Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Alex Hassell, Paapa Essiedu, Hayley Squires, Emily Berrington
Mr. Robot: Rizwan Manji
The Night Shift: Mark Consuelos
Orville: Chad L. Coleman, Larry Joe Campbell
Queen of the South: Paola Andino
Salvation: Erica Luttrell
The Tick: Scott Speiser
Versace: American Crime Story: Ricky Martin

(Image courtesy of Syfy.)

About Kate

Kate Linnea Welsh is a New Hampshire-based writer and taxonomist. (No, that doesn't involve dead animals.) She keeps us up to date on TV news in her weekly column "Caffeine." She writes about other TV shows, books, and more at her blog and her site Read the Screen. She'd love to talk to you on Twitter: @katelinnea