Caffeine – TV News – February 19th Edition

TV News

This week’s TV news brings us some exciting renewals and tons of pilot casting! Buckle up!

Premiere dates:
March 10th: Hand of God (final season premiere)
May 19th: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
April 2nd: Call the Midwife
May 30th: Animal Kingdom

Outlander will return sometime in September, but no exact date yet.

Renewed: Superstore, The Royals, Goliath, Lucifer, Relationship Status (for two seasons)

CBS is “close” to renewing The Big Bang Theory for two more years, but it’s not official yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch is producing and starring in an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time for BBC One and Masterpiece.

Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Season 4 of American Crime Story will be about the Monica Lewinsky scandal and that Sarah Paulson will be in it in some role. He’s also announced that the American Horror Story Season 7 theme will be the 2016 election.

Clyde Phillips is taking over as Goliath showrunner.

Chris Brancato will showrun Las Reinas.

Pilot/first episode directors:
Brothered Up: James Burrows
Ghosted: Jonathan Krisel
LA>Vegas: Steve Levitan
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger: Gina Prince-Blythewood
Me, Myself and I: Randall Einhorn
Perfect Citizen: Paris Barclay
Las Reinas: Liz Friedlander
Relatively Happy (formerly Happy Peppers): James Burrows
The Resident: Phillip Noyce
Salvation: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Searchers: Dean White
Untitled Lou Pearlman series: John Curran

Amazon has picked up anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for the U.S.

Ordered to series:
Hulu: Series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King
IFC: Scripted comedy Living with Yourself
Starz/BBC: E.M. Forster adaptation Howards End written by Kenneth Lonergan

In development:
Amazon: Aging comedy Late Bloomers
E!: A series adaptation of teen cult classic Jawbreaker
Fudge Park: Cancer friendship comedy Ill Behaviour
Scanbox: Contemporary Gothic drama Dracula Now from Nick Wechsler and Joni Sighvatsson
Showtime: Civil rights limited series The Ali Summit
Sonar Entertainment: Sci-fi drama Indigo produced by and starring Chris Colfer
Starz: Wrestling drama Heels
Stonestreet Studios: Women’s rights anthology series Dot
Sundance Channel: A limited series based on female scientist book Intuition

Promoted to series regular:
Fuller House: Adam Hagenbuch
Good Behavior: Joey Kern
Love: Chris Witaske

Guest stars:
Angie Tribeca: Constance Zimmer
Blindspot: Javier Munoz, John Wesley Shipp
Blue Bloods: Isaiah Washington
Dr. Ken: Rhys Darby

Casting:
9J, 9K and 9L: Liza Lapira
The Alienist: Matt Lintz, Matthew Shear
Altered Carbon: Tamara Taylor
Ballers: Brittany S. Hall
Behind Enemy Lines: B.J. Britt
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Gina Gershon
Brothered Up: Adhir Kalyan
Casual: Maya Erskine
Charlie Foxtrot: Jason Biggs
The Chi: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Deception: Amaury Nolasco, Lenora Crichlow, Ilfenesh Hadera
Designated Survivor: Geoff Pierson
Distefano: Annie Potts, Diane Guerrero
Doomsday: Jack Davenport
Dynasty: Sam Adegoke
For God and Country: Mike Vogel, Natacha Karam
Ghosted: Edi Patterson
The Good Doctor: Antonia Thomas
Good Girls: Matthew Lillard, Mae Whitman, Retta
Gunpowder: Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss, Peter Mullan
Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices: James Earl
Household Name: Matt Oberg
Howards End: Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Tracey Ullman, Julia Ormond, Philippa Coulthard, Joseph Quinn, Rosalind Eleazar, Alex Lawther
Instinct: Bojana Novakovic
Jalen vs. Everybody: Kelly Jenrette, Jessica McKenna, Rich Sommer, Laysla de Oliveira
The Last Tycoon: Eion Bailey
The Looming Tower: Michael Stuhlbarg, Bill Camp
Losing It: Natalie Morales
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger: J.D. Evermore, Carl Lundstedt, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, James Saito
Mayans MC: Edward James Olmos, Clayton Cardenas
Mission Control: Nestor Serrano
Ray Donovan: Adina Porter, Brain White, Lili Simmons
Las Reinas: Sonia Braga
Relatively Happy: Genevieve Angelson
Reverie: Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy
The Sackett Sisters: Busy Philipps
Salvation: Ian Anthony Dale, Santiago Cabrera
Scalped: Lily Gladstone, Alex Meraz
Searchers: Jeanine Mason
Star Trek: Discovery: Maulik Pancholy, Terry Serpico, Sam Vartholomeos
Start Up: Tiya Sircar
S.W.A.T.: Stephanie Sigman
Thin Ice: Ian Harding
This Is Us: Jeremy Luke
The Trustee: Meaghan Rath, Michael Cudlitz
Unit Zero: Kimberly Hebert Gregory
Valor: Matt Barr
Versace: American Crime Story: Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez
Zoo: Sophina Brown
Untitled Kourtney Kang pilot: Rebecca Creskoff
Untitled Mindy Kaling/Charlie Grandy comedy: Mouzam Makkar, Anders Holm, Andy Favreau
Untitled Reba McEntire drama: Saidah Ekulona
Untitled Shondaland legal drama: Anna Deavere Smith, Britne Oldford, Ben Rappaport

(Image courtesy of NBC.)

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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