Caffeine – TV News – August 20th Edition

Before we get to this week’s TV news, let’s revisit a shocker from earlier this week. It shouldn’t affect current shows, but this industry news is big enough that I wanted to make sure you saw it: Shonda Rhimes and Shondaland are headed to Netflix.

Premiere dates:
September 17th: El Chapo
November 28th: Glitch
January 14th: Victoria

Renewed: Ozark, I’m Sorry

The Teen Wolf series finale will air on September 24th. (And there are two episodes airing tonight, so check your DVR!)

The Suits season seven finale will be a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff about Chicago politics starring Gina Torres.

Julie Plec will direct an episode of Riverdale.

New showrunners:
American Woman: John Wells
Z: The Beginning of Everything: Karl Gajdusek

Amazon will stream Peter Moffat 1960s drama The Last Post in the U.S.

Amazon’s Galaxy Quest series is back in the works with Paul Scheer writing.

Ordered to series:
BBC One: International supernatural thriller The Three, 1970s crime drama The Serpent
Epix: Crime drama The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair starring Patrick Dempsey, Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr., and Virginia Madsen
Fullscreen: Comedy Alive in Denver starring Danielle Campbell and Nathan Kress, comedy Living Rooms
Netflix: An untitled British supernatural teen drama, Chuck Lorre comedy The Kominsky Method starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin
OWN: A coming of age drama from Tarell Alvin McCraney and Michael B. Jordan

In development:
ABC: Darkly comedic FBI drama Kristy Kottis from Felicity Huffman, a live-action The Jetsons series, friendship dramedy A Million Little Things
ABC Signature: Julia Child dramedy Julia
Annapurna Television: An adaptation of fantasy novel The Changeling
Bravo: Viral video dramedy Suburbs Famous from and starring Nia Vardalos
CBS: DJ Nash comedy My Other Life in Brooklyn, light procedural God Friended Me
The CW: Gender discrimination workplace drama The She Word, female gladiator series The Valiant
CW Seed: A series based on Wattpad supernatural romance Cupid’s Match
First Look Media: geopolitical thriller Hunger, infertility dramedy Trying, 1800s Boston firefighter drama Company 8
Fox: Female police drama Smoke and Mirrors, sitcom revival spoof Revival
Gaumont: Crime drama STL
Infinitum Nihil: A series based on game The Secret World from Johnny Depp
NBC: Political drama Republic from Greg Berlanti and Martin Gero, adult sibling drama The Unrequited
SpringHill Entertainment: A series about entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker from Octavia Spencer and LeBron James
TNT: An adaptation of N.K. Jemisin’s sci-fi fantasy novel The Fifth Season
Universal Cable Productions: A series based on podcast Alice Isn’t Dead

Promoted to series regular:
The 100: Tasya Teles
Code Black: Moon Bloodgood
The Handmaid’s Tale: Amanda Brugel

Guest stars:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh Groban
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Susie Abromeit
Gotham: Benjamin Stockham
Lethal Weapon: Adrian Pasdar
Maniac: Justin Theroux
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Wallace Shawn
This Is Us: Debra Jo Rupp

Returns:
Lethal Weapon: Thomas Lennon
Marvel’s Jessica Jones: David Tennant
Quantico: Russell Tovey
The X-Files: Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose

Casting:
The 100: Lola Flanery (replacing Imogen Tear), Jordan Bolger
Arrow: Kirk Acevedo
Castle Rock: Scott Glenn
Crash and Burn: Denis O’Hare, Rachel Bay Jones
The Crossing: Melinda McGraw
Deadlier Than the Male: Chiara Aurelia
Dietland: Joy Nash
Escape at Dannemora: Jeremy Bobb
The Exorcist: Christopher Cousins, Cyrus Arnold
For the People: Jasim Savoy Brown
Good Omens: Michael Sheen, David Tennant
Gotham: Marina Benedict
Great News: Reid Scott
The Haunting of Hill House: Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel
Into the Badlands: Lorraine Toussaint
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Keong Sim
Locke & Key: Frances O’Connor
Marvel’s Runaways: Julian McMahon
The Originals: Torrance Coombs, Jedidiah Goodacre
Patrick Melrose: Blythe Danner
The Resident: Moran Atias
Shades of Blue: Bruce McGill
Shut Eye: Rowena King
SMILF: Connie Britton, Raven Goodwin, Miguel Gomez, Mark Webber, Austin Abrams
Star: Michael Michele
Taken: Adam Goldberg
The X-Files: Barbara Hershey
Yellowstone: Jill Hennessy, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards
You: Shay Mitchell

(Image courtesy of Mammoth Screen.)

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