Caffeine – TV News – December 4th Edition

This week’s TV news brings us Christmas specials, premiere dates, some big sports guest stars, and more!

Premiere dates:
December 23rd: Sense8: A Christmas Special
December 25th: When Calls the Heart Christmas special
January 1st: Ransom (series premiere)
January 3rd: The Haves and Have Nots
January 7th: Ransom (timeslot premiere)
January 15th: Victoria
February 2nd: Training Day
February 7th: Imposters (formerly My So Called Wife)
February 15th: Doubt
February 19th: Big Little Lies
April 2nd: Home Fires
May 5th: Sense8
May 21st: Dark Angel

CMT will have a special preview airing of the first hour of Nashville‘s two-hour premiere on December 15th.

Quantico is moving to Mondays starting January 23rd.

Renewed: Z Nation

Canceled: Masters of Sex, Good Girls Revolt

The current third season of The Odd Couple will have only thirteen episodes, though in theory it’s not canceled yet.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will be “creative producer and musical mastermind” for the TV (and movie) adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle.

David Giuntoli is directing an episode of Grimm.

Rick Famuyiwa will direct Showtime’s untitled Lena Waithe drama.

Cinemax has picked up BBC One serial killer series Rellik.

Ordered to series:
MTG Studios/Red Arrow: Terrorism drama Embassy Down
NBCUniversal International: Procedural Gone starring Chris Noth

Pilot orders:
FX: Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC

In development:
ABC: Buddy cop action comedy The Trustee, Nick Thune workplace comedy Holy Sh*t
Catalyst: YA historical fantasy adaptation Cuckoo Song
CBS: Comedy Lance 2.0 from Jim Parsons
The CW: Conspiracy drama Feral, romantic dramedy Real Love, department store dramedy Hellmart
E!: Hollywood satire Swimming with Sharks
Fox: Aerialist drama High Wire, Trae Crowder liberal redneck comedy from Rob Thomas
FX: An autobiographical comedy from Robert Kelly
Lifetime: Christina Applegate family saga Your Time Is Up
NBC: A Mike Daniels character-driven police procedural, a legal drama with Willie Garson
Syfy: Graphic novel adaptation The Woods
Thunderbird Films: An adaptation of Faye Kellerman’s Decker-Lazarus mysteries

Jamie Foxx is producing a limited series about Marvin Gaye.

Promoted to series regular:
Zoo: Grace Dzienny

Guest stars:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Marshawn Lynch
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Charisma Carpenter
Modern Family: Charles Barkley, DeAndre Jordan
Mom: David James Elliott, Wendie Malick
Young & Hungry: Betty White

The Alienist: Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans
Budding Prospects: Adam Rose
Counterpart: Ulrich Thomsen
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Christina Brucato
Disjointed: Elizabeth Ho (replacing Jessica Lu)
The Fosters: Kara Royster
The Man in the High Castle: Stephen Root
Manifesto: Paul Bettany, Sam Worthington, Keisha Castle-Hughes
Seven Seconds: Michael Mosley, Patrick Murney, Regina King
Star Trek: Discovery: Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp
The Strain: K.C. Collins
Ten Days in the Valley: Erika Christensen, Felix Solis, Kick Gurry

(Image courtesy of the Hallmark Channel.)

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