Caffeine – TV News – January 28th Edition

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This week’s TV news brings us a ton of pilot order for next season – anything sound good to you? But first …

Premiere dates:

March 1st: Gotham
March 9th: Sneaky Pete
March 11th: Timeless
March 12th: Mary Kills People
March 28th: Empire, Star

Canceled:

Damnation

Other headlines:

The Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spinoff will be called Station 19.

Riverdale will have a Carrie-themed musical episode on April 18th.

The Scandal/How to Get Away with Murder crossover will air on March 1st.

Paul Bettany will not play Prince Philip on The Crown after all.

The Walking Dead‘s midseason premiere will run for 82 minutes.

The final season of Veep will reportedly air next year.

Showrunner Josh Friedman has left the upcoming Snowpiercer show.

Charlie Craig has joined The Perfectionists as co-showrunner.

Liz Friedlander will direct the first episode of The Rookie.

Jesse Williams will direct an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

USA Network is not moving forward with straight-to-series drama American Rust.

Ordered to series:

Apple: A drama series from Damien Chazelle
CBS: A Murphy Brown revival with the original creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen
HBO/Sky: A Catherine the Great miniseries starring Helen Mirren
Netflix: Crime limited series Unbelievable from Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon
Sky: Street racing drama Curfew starring Sean Bean and Malachi Kirby

Pilot orders:

ABC: Cosmetics marketing comedic soap False Profits, cop show reboot Get Christie Love starring Kylie Bunbury, New Orleans magic-themed drama For Love, sunken treasure mystery thriller Salvage, a gender-flipped reboot of The Greatest American Hero, Scott Foley FBI action drama Whiskey Cavalier, Diablo Cody comedy Most Likely To, a drama about African-American sisters in the NYPD, Marcia Clark crime drama The Fix, cop drama Safe Harbor, cop drama Staties, friendship drama A Million Little Things
CBS: Web series comedy adaptation I Mom So Hard from Michelle Nader and Rob Thomas, crime drama Murder, multicultural social media friendship/romance comedy History of Them from Gloria Calderon-Kellet, light procedural God Friended Me from Greg Berlanti and Marcos Siega, reboots of Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey, female police drama Chiefs, family sitcom Fam, culture-clash comedy Here Comes the Neighborhood, Indian-American family sitcom Pandas in New York
The CW: A present-day feminist Charmed reboot, supernatural crime drama Dead Inside
FX: Vampire mockumentary series What We Do in the Shadows
NBC: FBI drama The Enemy Within, romantic comedy So Close, adult foster child comedy Like Family, unlicensed bar comedy Abby’s, friendship comedy Friends-In-Law, missing plane mystery thriller Manifest

In development:

ABC: Legal drama Illusion of Justice
ABC Signature Studios: A Mighty Ducks series
Anonymous Content: A series based on Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy
Caryn Mandabach Productions: An adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s psychological thriller When We Were Orphans
CBS TV Studios: Muhammad Ali limited series 8 Fights, Marc Webb college musical They
Freeform: A retirement community drama that features flashbacks to the sixties
Netflix: Dark comedy Dead to Me
Tomorrow Studios: An adaptation of novel The Oracle Year

Promoted to series regular:

She’s Gotta Have It: Chyna Layne

Guest stars:

Billions: John Malkovich
Deception: Brett Dalton
The Handmaid’s Tale: Cherry Jones
Once Upon a Time: Kip Pardue

Returns:

Arrow: Katrina Law
Big Little Lies: Alexander Skarsgard
Grey’s Anatomy: Kim Raver, Justin Bruening

Casting:

Big Little Lies: Meryl Streep
Compliance: Mary Louise Parker, Courtney B. Vance
Gotham: David W. Thompson
History of Them: Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis, Amit Shah, Brett Dier
How to Get Away with Murder: Lolita Davidovich
Krypton: Hannah Waddingham
The Little Drummer Girl: Michael Shannon
Marvel’s Daredevil: Joanne Whalley
The Originals: Nadine Lewington
Succession: Ashley Zukerman
Upstart Crow: Kenneth Branagh, Lily Cole

(Image courtesy of NBC.)

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