Caffeine – TV News- April 8th Edition

This week’s TV news brings us a bunch of renewals as well as casting news and a premiere date for J.K. Rowling’s new show!

Premiere dates:

June 1st: C.B. Strike
June 17th: Shades of Blue


Arrow, Black Lightning, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Pure, Deep State, Killing Eve


Shades of Blue (after the upcoming third season), Everything Sucks, Mozart in the Jungle

Other headlines:

The CW will air Canadian legal drama Burden of Truth in the U.S. this summer.

So far as I can tell this hasn’t been confirmed by the network, but Rachel Bloom says Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will end with season four.

Ryan Murphy has scrapped the Monica Lewinsky season of American Crime Story. And History is not going forward with its Clinton impeachment drama The Breach.

Dearbhla Walsh will direct period espionage drama Jerusalem.

Kerry Ehrin will take over from Jay Carson as showrunner of Apple’s Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston series.

Sundance Now has picked up Australian drama Dead Lucky for the U.S. and Canada.

Pilot/premiere directors:

MotherFatherSon: James Kent
Mrs. Fletcher: Nicole Holofcener
The Purge: Anthony Hemingway

Ordered to series:

Antenna Group: Albanian mafia series Besa from Tony Jordan
BBC One: The Missing spinoff Baptiste
Netflix: Dark comedy Dead to Me from Liz Feldman

Pilot orders:

FX: Comic book adaptation Y: The Last Man
HBO: Tom Perrotta comedy adaptation Mrs. Fletcher starring Kathryn Hahn
Paramount Network: A First Wives Club reboot

In development:

Cedar Park: Cuban historical saga The Exiles
Disney’s streaming service: A female-led romantic comedy inspired by High Fidelity
Entertainment One: An adaptation of historical novel A Gentleman in Moscow produced by and starring Kenneth Branagh
Fox: Latin musical drama Forte
Freeform: Crime drama Lost Boys and Technicolor Girls, friend breakup comedy Ex-Best
FremantleMedia: Fantasy adaptation Gormenghast from Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman
HBO: Comedy series Unsubscribed from Tiffany Haddish
Mammoth Screen: An adaptation of nursing novel The Language of Kindness
Nat Geo: A Hidden Figures series
See Saw Films: An adaption of Lucy Foley murder mystery The Hunting Party
SunnyMarch: An adaptation of historical novel The Way of All Flesh

Leaving their shows:

The Good Doctor: Chuku Modu

Promoted to series regular:

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Jes Macallan
The Good Doctor: Will Yun Lee, Fiona Gubelmann, Christina Chang, Paige Spara
Ray Donovan: Graham Rogers

Guest stars:

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Busy Philipps


American Horror Story: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman
Big Little Lies: Merrin Dungey, Robin Weigert, Kathryn Newton, Sarah Sokolovic
Grey’s Anatomy: Sarah Utterback
Last Man on Earth: Jason Sudeikis
Salvation: Taylor Cole


American Horror Story: Joan Collins
American Vandal: Adam Ray
Big Little Lies: Crystal Fox, Mo McRae
The Boys: Karl Urban
Catch-22: Hugh Laurie
Culture Clash: Biniam Bizuneh (replacing Bernard David Jones)
Dirty John: Eric Bana
The Good Cop: Frank Whaley
The Good Fight: Katrina Lenk
Grace and Frankie: Jackson Pace
Pandas in New York: Mike Castle
The Prince of Peoria: Gavin Lewis, Theodore Barnes, Shelby Simmons, Cynthia McWilliams
Salvation: Jonathan Silverman
Strange Angel: Karl Makinen
Suspicion: Sofia Bryant
The War of the Worlds: Rafe Spall, Eleanor Tomlinson
Welcome to the Neighborhood: Dreama Walker

(Image courtesy of Cinemax.)

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