Caffeine – TV News – February 18th Edition

This week’s TV news brings us a ton of pilot directors and casting, as well as renewals and a few spring dates…

Premiere dates:

March 25th: Call the Midwife

April 13th: Bosch

May 30th: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Grace and Frankie, Midnight, Texas, Bosch, No Activity, Bancroft



Other headlines:

Jeffrey Tambor has been officially fired from Transparent because of sexual harassment allegations.

Season four of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be split into two parts.

Eric Overmyer is returning to Bosch as co-showrunner.

Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo are taking over as Midnight, Texas showrunners.

The Kenya Barris/Julie Bean ABC comedy pilot has been pushed.

Pilot directors:

Chiefs: Zetna Fuentes
The Enemy Within: Mark Pellington
For Love: John Dahl
The Greatest American Hero: Christine Gernon
I Mom So Hard: Don Scardino
In the Dark: Michael Showalter
Playing Dead: Rachel Goldenberg
Roswell: Julie Plec
Whiskey Cavalier: Peter Atencio
Untitled Tim Doyle 1970s comedy: Randall Einhorn

Ordered to series:

Amazing Film Co./Enderby: Antarctica thriller Beneath
Amazon: Berlin club scene drama Beat
HBO Europe: Modern-day Zagreb drama Success, cybercrime drama Hackerville
ITV: An adaptation of World War II novel The Singapore Grip, crime thriller The Bay
NRK: World War II drama Atlantic Crossing about the true story of Norwegian Crown Princess Martha
STX: Virtual reality action series The Limit starring Michelle Rodriguez
TNT: Morally complex thriller Deadlier Than the Male

Pilot orders:

NBC: Kenya Barris friendship comedy Bright Futures
TBS: Lena Waithe comedy Twenties

In development:

Apple: Basketball drama Swagger based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant
BBC: An adaptation of Francesca Segal novel The Awkward Age
Buster Productions: An adaptation of Eleanor Roosevelt novel White Houses
Comedy Central: Parole officer comedy Re-Established starring Roy Wood Jr.
EFO: An Iran-Contra drug empire series about Freeway Rick Ross
HBO: Cyberwarfare miniseries Stuxnet
Red Arrow: Poaching action drama Blood Horn
YouTube Red: Comedy Psychopath starring Chris D’Elia

Leaving their shows:

Quantico: Aunjanue Ellis

Guest stars:

Ball Street: Casey Wilson, Geoff Stults
The Blacklist: John Noble
Grace and Frankie: RuPaul
Santa Clarita Diet: Joel McHale, Gerald McRaney, Maggie Lawson, Zachary Knighton


Big Little Lies: Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz
Strike Back: Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester


Animal Kingdom: Sohvi Rodriguez, Damon Williams
Ball Street: Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Kurt Braunohler, Eugene Cordero
Charmed: Ser’Darius Blain
Chicago Fire: Damon Dayoub
Chiefs: Alana De La Garza, Aunjanue Ellis
Claws: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Daddy Issues: Don Johnson
Empire: Alfre Woodard
The Enemy Within: Raza Jaffrey
False Profits: Kosha Patel, Kapil Talwalkar
God Friended Me: Javicia Leslie, Suraj Sharma
The Greatest American Hero: Hannah Simone, George Wendt, Gia Sandhu, Zenobia Shroff, Shaniqua Shandai
The Handmaid’s Tale: Bradley Whitford
History of Them: Chris Powell
How May We Hate You: Kat Dennings
I Mom So Hard: Freddie Prinze Jr., David Fynn
The Innocents: Guy Pearce, Percelle Ascott, Sorcha Groundsell
Kidding: Judy Greer
Love Is ____: Clarke Peters, Tammy Townsend, Loretta Devine, Tim Reid, Vanessa Bell Calloway
Main Justice: Bokeem Woodbine
Manifest: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh
A Million Little Things: Romany Malco
Mixtape: Madeleine Stowe
The Orville: Jessica Szohr
The Passage: Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Preacher: Betty Buckley, Colin Cunningham, Jeremy Childs, Liz McGeever
Rel: Jordan L. Jones
The Rookie: Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin
Roswell: Jeanine Mason
Safe Harbor: Lynn Collins, Aasif Mandvi, Kris D. Lofton
Salvation: Melia Kreiling, Ashley Thomas
Shooter: Felisha Terrell
So Close: Punam Patel
Staties: Andy Karl
Strange Angel: Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, Greg Wise, Rade Serbedzija, Zack Pearlman, Keye Chen
Take Two: Xavier De Guzman
Three Rivers: Annaleigh Ashford
Titans: Bruno Bichir
True Detective: Ray Fisher, Rhys Wakefield, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney
Umbrella Academy: Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, Ashley Madekwe
Untitled Bad Boys spinoff pilot: Zach Gilford, Duane Martin
Untitled Bellevue hospital drama pilot: Janet Montgomery
Untitled Sabrina the Teenage Witch drama: Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Lucy Davis
Untitled Tim Doyle 1970s comedy pilot: Michael Cudlitz, Mary McCormack

(Image courtesy of Neal Street Productions.)

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