Caffeine – TV News – January 17th Edition

Caffeine – TV News – January 17th Edition

This week’s TV news brings us lots of casting announcements, plus new shows ordered and in development!

Premiere dates:

February 15th: The Crew
February 16th: Young Rock, Kenan, The Oval
February 24th: Ginny & Georgia

May 14th: Selena: The Series


The Offenders, Queen Sugar, Animal Kingdom (for a sixth and final season)


Insecure (after the upcoming fifth season), The Haves and the Have Nots (after the current eighth season), High Maintenance

Other headlines:

Joe Barton will showrun The Batman.

Jon M. Chu is no longer directing the Willow sequel series because of scheduling conflicts.

Tasha Smith will direct several episodes of Black Mafia Family.

Tina Mabry, Julie Dash, Kasi Lemmons, and Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct Women of the Movement.

Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot of The Last of Us.

Nic Pizzolatto/Matthew McConaughey series Redeemer is not moving forward at FX.

Ordered to series:

FX: Sex Pistols limited series Pistol from Danny Boyle, an adaptation of Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow
HBO Max: Sex and the City sequel And Just Like That…, Julia Child series Julia starring Sarah Lancashire and David Hyde Pierce
NBC: Detroit comedy American Auto, Black friendship comedy Grand Crew, sinkhole mystery drama La Brea
Netflix: Michael Connelly adaptation The Lincoln Lawyer starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Starling Television: Murder mystery Sherlock’s Daughter, futuristic drama Veil

Acquired for the U.S.:

HBO Max: Spanish-language series Perfect Life

Pilot orders:

ABC: Sam Esmail crime procedural Acts of Crime

In development:

20th Television: Thriller adaptation The Never Game starring Justin Hartley
ABC: Family business comedy Kim Spa
Disney+: Autobiographical comedy First Gen from Yvonne Orji
eOne: A scripted series based on board game Risk, a Dungeons & Dragons series
Fired Up Films: Multicultural caper comedy Loose, Jack London adaptation The Assassination Bureau Ltd.
The Forge: An adaptation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Emma Harte Saga
Freeform: Cannabis entrepreneur comedy Smoakland
HBO: An adaptation of Texas oilfield novel Valentine
HBO Max: Sci-fi tech drama The Future
NBC: Light spy procedural Des & Lou
No Equal Entertainment/Frantic Films: An adaptation of Brian McClellan’s fantasy novels Powder Mage
Peacock: An adaptation of Caroline Kepnes’ novel Providence, comedy I Run Hot starring Colton Haynes and Eliot Glazer
Red Room Films: WWII limited series Spy Princess from and starring Freida Pinto
Starling Television: Historical series Alexander the Great, Romanovs spy thriller Red Winter
Wayfarer Studios: A limited series about Chicago’s first Black mayor Harold Washington
Wiip: A limited series based on the stage show version of Orwell’s 1984
Wild Nest Pictures/Fine Point Films: A drama based on the unlawful arrest of Northern Irish journalists

Leaving their shows:

Gaslit: Armie Hammer

Promoted to series regular:

The Chi: Luke James

Guest stars:

The Crew: Paris Berelc, Bruce McGill
Law & Order: SVU: Annabella Sciorra
No Activity: Louie Anderson, Kevin Bacon, Jillian Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Rob Delaney, Elle Fanning, Will Forte, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Udo Kier, Lamorne Morris, Oscar Nuñez, Hannah Simone, June Squibb, Samara Weaving


Black Mafia Family: Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., Da’Vinchi, Wood Harris, Michole Briana White, Ajiona Alexus, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Myles Truitt
Blood Relative: Dawnn Lewis, Jude Elizabeth Mayer
The Chair: Holland Taylor
Chicago Med: Steven Weber
Dear White People: Karamo Brown
Dexter: Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah, Jack Alcott
Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
The Flash: Jon Cor
The Gilded Age: Nathan Lane
Gossip Girl: Donna Murphy
The Hot Zone: Anthrax: Tony Goldwyn, Daniel Dae Kim
I Know What You Did Last Summer: Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom, Bill Heck
Moon Knight: May Calamawy, Ethan Hawke
Only Murders in the Building: Nathan Lane
Physical: Geoffrey Arend
The Republic of Sarah: Xander Berkeley
Shameless: Sam Morgan
Succession: Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae
Swagger: Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh, Tristan Mack Wilds, Caleel Harris, Tessa Ferrer, Jason Rivera, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe, James Bingham
The Umbrella Academy: Justin Cornwell, Britne Oldford, Jake Epstein, Genesis Rodriguez, Cazzie David
Women of the Movement: Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins
Young Rock: Lexie Duncan, Taj Cross

(Image courtesy of Netflix.)

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