Caffeine – TV News – February 11th Edition

The big international TV event of the week is the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean other TV news has stopped! Let’s catch up on what’s happened . . .

Premiere dates:

February 14th: Cupid’s Match

March 7th: Hard Sun

April 3rd: Legion
April 5th: Imposters
April 22nd: Westworld

Renewed:

Snatchers (for two seasons)

Canceled:

Once Upon a Time

Other headlines:

The three-hour TGIT crossover event will happen on March 1st.

Bryan Fuller and Hart Hanson have stepped down from Apple’s Amazing Stories reboot.

Season three of Stranger Things will have eight episodes.

Alec Baldwin is no longer starring in Kenya Barris’ untitled ABC comedy, and so it now has a pilot order instead of a series order.

I think we’d heard rumors of this before, but Disney says yes, of course they are planning Star Wars series for their new streaming service.

Jason Horwitch is the new showrunner for Berlin Station.

Pilot directors:

The Code: Marc Webb
Daddy Issues: Kat Coiro
Fam: Andy Ackerman
Gone Baby Gone: Phillip Noyce
Here Comes the Neighborhood: James Burrows
L.A. Confidential: Michael Dinner
Magnum P.I.: Justin Lin
Mixtape: Jesse Peretz
Pandas in New York: Andy Ackerman
The Passage: Jason Ensler (for the new version)

Ordered to series:

Amazon: Social media sci-fi series The Feed
Facebook: A half-hour dramedy starring Elizabeth Olsen
HBO: Lena Dunham series Camping starring Jennifer Garner
Netflix: Ryan Murphy musical comedy The Politician starring Ben Platt (and potentially Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow)

Acquired for the U.S.:

Acorn: Australian furniture store family comedy Sando

Pilot orders:

ABC: A resort workplace comedy based on book How May We Hate You?
CBS: Hilary Winston relationship comedy 25
Fox: Liz Meriwether comedy Bless This Mess starring Lake Bell
NBC: FBI informant thriller Suspicion

In development:

Amazon: Conan the Barbarian series Conan, Western drama Outrider starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Apple: Immigrant anthology series Little America from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
FX: Catholic high school thriller The Body
Lookout Point: An adaptation of Updike’s Rabbit, Run novels from Andrew Davies

Leaving their shows:

Law & Order: SVU: Raul Esparza

Promoted to series regular:

Law & Order: SVU: Philip Winchester

Guest stars:

Alex, Inc.: Sophia Bush, Matt Walsh
Chicago Fire: Kim Delaney
For the People: Thomas Lennon
Grey’s Anatomy: Scott Speedman
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Leslie Jones
Kevin Can Wait: Ralph Macchio
NCIS: Jake Allyn
Swipe Right: Jason Sudeikis, Rick Springfield, Peter Gallagher, Tyler Posey, Thomas Lennon, Bryan Greenberg, Charles Michael Davis, Christopher McDonald, Rhys Coiro, Craig Frank, Alice Lee, Sarah Burns
Young Sheldon: Jason Alexander

Returns:

Imposters: Uma Thurman

Casting:

A.P. Bio: Marisa Baram
Arrow: Kyra Zagorsky
Empire: Kade Wise, Chet Hanks
Genius: Picasso: Tracee Chimo
Get Shorty: Felicity Huffman
God Friended Me: Brandon Micheal Hall
The Good Fight: Tim Matheson
Good Omens: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton
Guess Who Died: Christopher Lloyd
Hanna: Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos, Esme Creed-Miles
History of Them: Caitlin McGee
House of Cards: Cody Fern
Les Miserables: Joseph Quinn
A Million Little Pieces: David Giuntoli
Mr. Mercedes: Virginia Kull
Murder: Tayonah Parris
The Name of the Rose: Michael Emerson
Outlander: Craig McGinlay
The Rookie: Eric Winter, Afton Williamson, Melissa O’Neil
Snatch: Ursula Corbero
StartUp: Allison Dunbar
Swipe Right: Rosanna Arquette, Chelsea Frei
Tacoma F.D.: Kirby Bliss-Blanton, Marcus Henderson, Eugene Ordero, Gabriel Hogan
Too Old to Die Young: Hart Bochner
True Detective: Mamie Gummer
Vikings: Eric Johnson
The Village: Moran Atias, Michaela McManus, Jerod Haynes, Frankie Faison
What We Do in the Shadows: Doug Jones, Beanie Feldstein, Jake McDorman, Mark Proksch
Wynonna Earp: Megan Follows
Untitled Bellevue hospital drama: Freema Agyeman, Anupam Kher
Untitled Riverdale spinoff: Jaz Sinclair

(Image courtesy of FX.)

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