Caffeine – TV News – January 29th Edition

TV News

This week’s TV news brings us lots of pilot order for next season, plus premiere dates, casting, and more!

Premiere dates:
February 24th: Patriot
March 10th: Love
March 15th: Greenleaf
March 22nd: Rogue
March 31st: 13 Reasons Why
April 16th: The Leftovers

ABC miniseries When We Rise is having its schedule shifted due to a presidential address.

Renewed: The Librarians, The Middle

Freeform has ordered five additional episodes of Young and Hungry.

Once Upon a Time is reportedly planning a musical episode for spring.

Ellen Pompeo is directing an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Bryan Singer will direct Matt Nix’s Marvel pilot.

Pilot orders:
ABC: Medical drama The Good Doctor, disaster think tank drama Doomsday, Zach Braff comedy Start-Up, a political comedy from Daveed Diggs, Elizabeth Banks female buddy cop comedy The Trustee, drama The Gospel of Kevin
CBS: CIA/serial killer drama Killer Instinct starring Alan Cumming, NSA whistleblower legal drama Perfect Citizen, journalism drama The Get, a Navy SEAL drama
The CW: A Dynasty reboot, action/adventure drama Searchers
FOX: A Marvel mutant drama from Matt Nix, workplace comedy Linda from HR, ghost hunter comedy Ghosted starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, Justin Cronin vampire drama The Passage, a Behind Enemy Lines adaptation with McG directing
NBC: Virtual reality crime drama Reverie, a high school teacher comedy from Seth Meyers, Mike O”Brien, and Lorne Michaels, comedy What About Barb? based on movie What About Bob?, a family comedy from Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey comedy The Sackett Sisters, Bill Lawrence workplace comedy Spaced Out, sibling comedy Happy Peppers, a real-time hurricane medical drama

In development:
ABC: A bachelor comedy starring Gabriel Iglesias

Amazon is not moving forward with Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Highston.

Roadside Picnic is not going forward at WGN America.

Promoted to series regular:
Nightcap: Lauren Blumenfeld, Don Fanelli

Guest stars:
The Blacklist: Melora Hardin
Chicago Justice: Chris Payne Gilbert
The Flash/Supergirl crossover: Darren Criss
Hawaii Five-0: Darius Rucker
Star: Missy Elliott, Rickey Smiley
This Is Us: Amanda Warren
Upstart Crow: Emma Thompson

Returns:
The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev

Casting:
The Bay: Victoria Rowell
Channel Zero: No-End House: Aisha Dee
The Chi: Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross
Counterpart: Nolan Gerard Funk
The Crown: Matthew Goode
The Girlfriend Experience: Anna Friel, Louisa Krause, Bria Jones
Good Girls: Manny Montana
The Haunted: Liam McIntyre
The Last Man on Earth: Kristen Wiig
Libby & Malcolm: Sayeed Shahidi, Jahi Winston
The Looming Tower: Tahar Rahim
Manifesto: Mark Duplass, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, Brian F. O’Byrne
Mr. Mercedes: Mary-Louise Parker, Justine Lupe, Breeda Wool
Shadowhunters: Will Tudor
Snowfall: Justine Lupe
Somewhere Between: Paula Patton
Ten Days in the Valley: Emily Kinney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Francois Battiste, Currie Graham, Nelson Lee, Abigail Pniowsky, Josh Randall, Ali Stroker, Ella Thomas, Beth Triffon, Mark L. Young
There’s… Johnny!: Tony Danza, Ian Nelson, Jane Levy, Roger Bart, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, Nate Smith, David Hoffman, Daniel Strauss, Andrew Schulz
Underground: Bokeem Woodbine
UnREAL: Kassandra Clementi, Jaime Callica, Bart Edwards, Alex Hernandez, Adam Demos, Alex Sparrow, Joe Abraham, Tyler Hines, Marcus Rosner, Cameron Bancroft, Terry Chen, Melvin Gregg
Untitled Daveed Diggs pilot: Brandon Michael Hall
Untitled Reba McEntire drama: Amanda Detmer

(Image courtesy of Netflix.)

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