Caffeine – TV News – January 21st Edition

TV News

The winter TCA press tour is in full swing, so we’ve got lots of TV news to catch up on this week!

Premiere dates:

January 26th: Britannia

February 16th: Everything Sucks!

March 7th: Heathers
March 29th: Siren

April 4th: Famous in Love
April 25th: The Handmaid’s Tale
April 29th: The Good Witch

June 7th: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
June 12th: The Bold Type

July 31st: Casual


9-1-1, grown-ish, Chesapeake Shores, The Tick, Agatha Raisin


The Shannara Chronicles, I Love Dick, One Mississippi, Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Other headlines:

This isn’t official yet, but it looks like Paul Bettany will be our new Prince Philip on The Crown.

J.J. Abrams is shopping a female-led space drama series.

Ellen Pompeo has signed on for another two seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (assuming the show is renewed).

Lana Parrilla will direct an episode of Once Upon a Time.

A Sister, Sister reboot is reportedly in the works.

Hulu has picked up the second season of British drama National Treasure for the U.S.

Ordered to series:

Apple: A comedy from Reese Witherspoon starring Kristen Wiig
Facebook: YA cult novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly adaptation Sacred Lies
Netflix: Supernatural drama Catrina: La Santa Muerte
PBS: Historical drama Mrs. Wilson starring Ruth Wilson as her real-life grandmother
Syfy International: Fantasy adventure series The Outpost

Pilot orders:

ABC: A 1970s Irish-Catholic family comedy
FOX: Lee Daniels culture-clash comedy Our People, single dad comedy Rel, Josh Safran romantic musical drama Mixtape
NBC: A Bad Boys spinoff starring Gabrielle Union

In development:

AMC: Southern family dramedy Aim High
Channel 4: Cyber warfare drama The Undeclared War
Double Nickel/In Cahoots: A limited series based on 1960s heart surgeon book Every Second Counts
Endeavor Content: A series based on Trump White House book Fire & Fury
Freeform: Futuristic drama Augs, historical drama Cleopatra, an immigration-themed reboot of Party of Five
Hulu: Teen step-sibling series Mi Hermanastro
MarVista Entertainment: Dystopian adaptation Sinless
Passage Pictures: Action thriller My Eyes
Sony Crackle: Supernatural crime drama The Butcher from Gary Oldman, comedy Rob Riggle’s Jet Ski Academy
TNT: World War II convent drama The Black Veil

Promoted to series regular:

The Bold Type: Nikohl Boosheri, Stephen Conrad

Guest stars:

The 100: Shannon Kook
Criminal Minds: Drake Hogestyn
The Handmaid’s Tale: Marisa Tomei
Jane the Virgin: Eva Longoria
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: (The voices of) James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Wynn Everett
NCIS: Drew Carey
Riverdale: Andy Cohen
StartUp: Mira Sorvino
This Is Us: Lena Waithe
Will & Grace: Mary McCormack, Robert Klein


Will & Grace: Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Sara Rue


The Boys: Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jessie T. Usher, Nathan Mitchell
Confessions of a Sociopath: Lisa Edelstein
Cuckoo: Andie MacDowell
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Keiynan Londsdale (thus leaving The Flash)
The Demons of Dorian Gunn: Jeffrey Self, Chrissie Fit, H. Jon Benjamin, Lateefah Holder, Kyle Harris
Empire: Ryan Michelle Bathe
The Good Doctor: Will Yun Lee
Guess Who Died: Hector Elizondo, Holland Taylor
I’m Dying Up Here: Nicole Ari Parker, Stefania LaVie Owen
The Kominsky Method: Lisa Edelstein, Sarah Baker, Susan Sullivan, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers, Ashleigh LaThrop, Jenna Lyng Adams, Melissa Tang, Casey Brown
Love Is ____: Idara Victor, Tyrone Brown, Kadeem Hardison, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Lana Young
Mr. Mercedes: Tessa Ferrer
The Name of the Rose: Sebastian Koch, James Cosmo, Richard Sammel, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Greta Scarano, Stefano Fresi, Piotr Adamczyk
Quantico: Vandit Bhatt
The Resident: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Catherine Dyer
Shadowhunters: Chai Hansen
Strange Angel: Rupert Friend
Sweetbitter: Jimmie Saito
Titans: Seamus Dever
True Detective: Scoot McNairy

(Image courtesy of Sky.)

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