Caffeine – TV News – August 13th Edition

TV news seems particularly unimportant when there are so many big (and terrible) things going on in the world, but if you’d like a brief distraction, let’s see what we’ve got this week.

Premiere dates:
August 16th: Hard Medicine

October 15th: White Famous
October 31st: Major Crimes

November 5th: Shameless, SMILF
November 7th: Teachers

December 8th: The Crown

Renewed: Greenleaf, Insecure, Ballers, Snowfall, Queen of the South, GLOW

Cancelled: Gypsy

The X-Files has added some female writers and directors.

Katrina: American Crime Story will now be based on the book Five Days at Memorial and Sarah Paulson will star.

WGN America has acquired U.S. rights to Canadian crime dramas Shoot the Messenger and Pure and German-Swedish crime drama The 100 Code.

Tim Minear will showrun 9-1-1, and McG will direct the premiere.

Marta Kauffman will showrun The Walk Out of Ruin.

Apparently Wayward Pines is technically still not cancelled.

Ordered to series:
Lifetime: Jenji Kohan Renaissance faire drama American Princess
Netflix: Coen brothers anthology Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, an untitled terrorism drama, teen comedy Best Worst Weekend Ever

In development:
CBS: A nuclear submarine drama from Alex Kurtzman
Comedy Central: Kill the Orange Face Bear starring Alex Karpovsky
HBO: A sneaker store comedy from LeBron James
Hulu: RuPaul dramedy Queen
Macro: An adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Dawn from Ava DuVernay
NBC: A reboot of The Munsters from Jill Kargman and Seth Meyers, futuristic drama Mosaic from Wes Ball and Christine Lavaf
Netflix: Political espionage thriller Hit and Run
Nice Drama: Historical drama Andersonville

Spike Lee is developing Archer, a series about a young black tech entrepreneur.

Fox vampire pilot The Passage is now in contention for fall 2018, with possible reshoots.

Acorn TV will co-produce the next season of BBC Four comedy Detectorists.

Alison Bennett is writing yet another attempt at a How I Met Your Mother spinoff.

Leaving their shows:
Grey’s Anatomy: Marika Dominczyk

Promoted to series regular:
The Goldbergs: Sam Lerner
Greenleaf: Rick Fox
Supernatural: Alexander Calvert

Guest stars:
Bull: Brad Garrett, Minka Kelly
The Flash: Sugar Lyn Beard
The Gifted: Elena Satine
The Last Man on Earth: Chris Elliott
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Jane Lynch
The Mindy Project: Ana Ortiz
Mom: Steven Weber
Riverdale: Graham Phillips
The Romanoffs: Aaron Eckhart
Star: Mike Epps
Will & Grace: Ben Platt
You’re the Worst: Zosia Mamet, Lou Diamond Phillips

Returns:
The Last Man on Earth: Kristen Wiig

Casting:
9-1-1: Peter Krause
13 Reasons Why: Anne Winters, Bryce Cass, Chelsea Alden, Allison Miller, Samantha Logan, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Lawson, Jake Weber, Brenda Strong, Meredith Monroe, R.J. Brown
The Arrangement: Ruffin Prentiss
Black Lightning: Marvin “Krondon” Jones III
The Blacklist: James Carpinello
Bosch: Tamberla Perry
Chance: David Barrera
Crash and Burn: Alex Fitzalan, Sebastian Chacon, Alex Wolff, Camila Perez
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Simon Merrells
Dynasty: Brianna Brown (she guest starred in the pilot but is now recurring)
Grey’s Anatomy: Stefania Spampinato
Here, Now: Marwan Salama
Law & Order: SVU: Philip Winchester (playing his Chicago Justice character), Brooke Shields
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Rya Kihlstedt, Josh Stamberg
Lethal Weapon: Rex Linn
The Man in the High Castle: John Hans Tester
Medici: Daniel Sharman, Bradley James
The Oath: Matt Gerald
Shut Eye: Aasif Mandvi
Star: Evan Ross
Suits: Jay Harrington
The Walking Dead: Avi Nash
Westworld: Gustaf Skarsgard, Fares Fares, Betty Gabriel
Yellowstone: Golden Brooks, Jefferson White, Gretchen Mol

(Image courtesy of TNT.)

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