Caffeine – TV News – December 8th Edition

This week’s TV news brings us a bunch of winter premiere dates along with some big-name casting and more!

Premiere dates:

December 19th: Sacrifice

January 1st: Doctor Who, Messiah
January 15th: The Magicians
January 22nd: Akwafina Is Nora from Queens
January 24th: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

February 7th: Locke and Key, High Maintenance

March 1st: Dispatches from Elsewhere


Shetland (for two seasons)

Picked up for full seasons:


Other headlines:

Tom Hertz and Vanessa McCarthy are taking over as showrunners of Schooled.

Peter Segal will direct and EP Starz wresting drama Heels.

Cherish the Day has added directors Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero, and Deborah Kampmeier.

Dee Harris-Lawrence will co-showrun All Rise.

Ordered to series:

BBC One: Murder trial drama Showtrial
BBC Studios/RTE: Irish noir thriller Smother
BET Networks: Uptown Records miniseries Uptown
HBO: Watergate limited series The White House Plumbers starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux, Adam McKay’s 1980s L.A. Lakers series
HBO Max: Lena Dunham high school dramedy Generation
Quibi: A Reno 911! revival
Starz: Tudor drama Becoming Elizabeth

Acquired for the U.S.:

HBO Max: British period drama Boys
PBS: Historical detective drama Miss Scarlet and the Duke
Sony Pictures TV: da Vinci crime series Leonardo

In development:

108 Media: Singapore-set historical drama Mrs Raffles by Alison Hume
ABC: Kevin Costner National Parks crime drama ISB
AMC Studios: A series based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne Universe novels
CBS: Crime drama Truth & Justice, workplace comedy HR, romantic comedy Next to You
Disney+: Kristin Chenoweth comedy The Biggest Star in Appleton
Endemol Shine: A U.S. remake of Israeli crime drama Queens from Gal Gadot
Fox: A remake of British crime drama Silent Witness starring Melissa Leo, a remake of mockumentary comedy This Country, rom-com procedural Florida Man
HBO Max: A millennial workplace comedy from Quinta Brunson and Michelle Nader
NBC: Gospel music industry drama Kingdom Business, sci-fi thriller crime drama Fallback
Peacock: K-Pop drama Olympic Boulevard
Roadside Attractions: An adaptation of spy thriller The Eighth Sister
Stampede Ventures: An adaptation of thriller The Faithful Reader
Viaplay: An adaptation of psychological thriller Perfect People
Wild Sheep Content: An adaptation of Scandinavian crime novel Marked for Life

Promoted to series regular:

Titans: Damaris Lewis

Guest stars:

Mad About You: Jason Alexander, Jean Smart
Mapleworth Murders: Tina Fey, Chris Parnell, Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, Terry Crews, Nicole Byer, Jimmy Carlson
Riverdale: Lucy Hale


Altered Carbon: Will Yun Lee


American Gods: Iwan Rheon
Around the World in 80 Days: David Tennant
Cherish the Day: Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson, Kellee Stewart
Clickbait: Zoe Kazan, Betty Gabriel, Adrian Grenier, Phoenix Raei
Council of Dads: Hilarie Burton
Coyote: Adriana Paz, Kristyan Ferrer, Octavio Pisano, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, Julio Cedillo
Dickinson: Finn Jones, Pico Alexander
The Flight Attendant: Briana Cuoco
Foundation: Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, Cassian Bilton
The Fugitive: Natalie Martinez, Brian Geraghty, Genesis Rodriguez, Keilani Arellanes
Gumshoe: Sonya Cassidy, Miles J. Harvey, Carla Jimenez, Max Casella, Phillipa Soo
The L Word: Generation Q: Jillian Mercado
Lisey’s Story: Sung Kang
Mapleworth Murders: JB Smoove, Hayley Magnus, Fred Armisen, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, D’Arcy Carden, Pam Murphy, Ben Warheit, Annie Mumolo, Ike Barinholtz, Mary Holland, James Anderson, Drew Tarver
Outmatched: Finesse Mitchell
Stumptown: Ryan Dorsey
Them: Brooke Smith, Anika Noni Rose, P.J. Byrne, Malcolm Mays, Jeremiah Birkett, Sophie Guest
Tommy: Paul Schulze
The United States of Al: Adhir Kalyan, Parker Young
The Wheel of Time: Alvara Morte, Hammed Animashaun, Alexandre Willaume, Johann Myers
Wireless: Andie MacDowell, Lukas Gage, Francesca Reale, Mace Coronel

(Image courtesy of the BBC.)

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