Caffeine – TV News – March 26th Edition

TV News

This week’s TV news brings us a huge batch of CBS renewals, some exciting pilot casting, and more …

Premiere dates:
April 14th: Fortitude
April 23rd: El Chapo
July 18th: Being Mary Jane

Renewed: The Big Bang Theory (for two seasons), Shut Eye, Bull, MacGyver, Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, Superior Donuts, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Life in Pieces, Mom

Cancelled: The Knick

Four of Lucifer‘s Season 2 episodes are being moved to Season 3.

The Night Shift is doing an episode written and directed by veterans.

New showrunners:
Bull: Glenn Gordon Caron
Shut Eye: John Shiban
Untitled CBS Navy SEAL pilot: Ed Redlich

Showrunner Dave Erickson is leaving Fear the Walking Dead.

EP Amy Berg is leaving Counterpart.

In development:
Amazon: An Iran-Contra limited series starring Colin Farrell as Oliver North
Bad Robot: A 1980s dramedy about the rise of RuPaul
Blumhouse/Amblin: ESP series Phenomena
Freeform: Flight attendant comedy Flighty
History Channel: Anthology scripted series The Commanders about the presidents
Hulu: A 90s teen drama from James Franco and Seth Rogen
Karga Seven Pictures: Ottoman Empire mystery series The Janissary Tree
Keshet Studios: A political correctness comedy, an adaptation of Thank You for Smoking, a 1920s Ellis Island immigration drama
Netflix: Present-day Jesus drama Messiah
Paramount/Telefe: Multilingual Nazi hunter drama Cazadores
Showtime: Mexican border brothers comedy Los Hermanos

Netflix is looking to join BBC supernatural thriller Requiem.

Promoted to series regular:
Supergirl: Katie McGrath
Westworld: Talulah Riley

Guest stars:
The Alienist: Falk Hentschel
Bates Motel: Natalia Cordova-Buckley
Being Mary Jane: Raney Branch
Black-ish: Chris Brown
Blindspot: Mary Stuart Masterson
Bull: Johnathan Fernandez
Chicago P.D.: Dana Ashbrook
Dynasty: Brianna Brown
Fresh Off the Boat: Michael Bolton
Kevin Can Wait: Leah Remini
NCIS: New Orleans: Sheryl Crow
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Timothy Spall, Rebecca Manley, Anthony Boyle, Rudi Dharmalingham, Tuppence Middleton, Anne Reid, Ann Akin, Hayley Squires, Tom Brooke, Nicole Agada, Marko Leht, Matthew Raymond, Naveed Khan
Queen Sugar: Yohance Myles
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Daveed Diggs, Laura Dern, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin, Maya Rudolph
Untitled ABC start-up comedy pilot: Chris Sacca

Returns:
Blindspot: Karishma Ahluwalia
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Fred Armisen, Anna Camp, Mike Carlsen, Josh Charles, David Cross, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Amy Sedaris

Casting:
Altered Carbon: Adam Busch
Amy’s Brother: Sharif Atkins
Bancroft: Sarah Parish, Faye Marsay, Linus Roache
Berlin Station: Ashley Judd
Bull: Eliza Dushku
El Chapo: Marco de la O, Humberto Busto, Juan Carlos Olivas, Alejandro Aguilar, Tete Espinoza, Rodrigo Abed, Luis Rábago, Cristina Michaus, Valentina Acosta, Juliette Pardau
Charlie Foxtrot: Robert Baker
The Chi: Jahking Guillory
Collateral: Carey Mulligan
Difficult People: John Cho
Fargo: Olivia Sandoval
Fear the Walking Dead: Daniel Sharman
The Flash: Anne Dudek
The Get: Amy Brenneman
Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices: Kyle Howard
Happy!: Bobby Moynihan
Insatiable: Irene Choi
Linda from HR: Ryan Michelle Bathe (replacing Angel Laketa Moore)
The Long Road Home: Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Noel Fisher, Jon Beavers, E.J. Bonilla, Jorge Diaz, Ian Quinlan, Darius Homayoun, Patrick Schwarzenegger
The Looming Tower: Peter Sarsgaard
Me, Myself & I: Jaleel White, Sharon Lawrence
Mission Control: Peyton List, Ricardo Chavira (replacing Nestor Serrano), Wunmi Mosaku
Peaky Blinders: Adrien Brody
Perfect Citizen: Brian Stokes Mitchell
Quantico: Jon Kortajarena
Real Life: Kristen Johnston, Bret Harrison
Redliners: Tommy Flanagan, Rodney To
Las Reinas: Shalim Ortiz
Relatively Happy: Derek Gaines
The Resident: Valerie Cruz
Salvation: Dennis Boutsikaris, Aaron Poole
Sharp Objects: Chris Messina, Matt Craven
Shelter: JJ Feild, Latarsha Rose, Jamie McShane
The Trustee: L. Scott Caldwell, Berto Colon
Type-A: Dulce Sloan
Unsolved: Luke James, Aisha Hinds, LeToya Luckett
Versace: American Crime Story: Penelope Cruz
Waco: John Leguizamo
What About Barb?: Tyler Sanders
Zac and Mia: Kian Lawley, Anne Winters
Untitled CBS hate crimes drama pilot: Omar Metwally
Untitled CBS Navy SEAL drama pilot: David Boreanaz (replacing Jim Caviezel)

(Image courtesy of Sky Atlantic.)

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