AMC remembers John Lennon with a star-studded concert and “Sleepy Hollow” casts Abbie’s dad in Friday’s TV news roundup …
AMC will air pay tribute to rock icon John Lennon at 9 p.m. on Dec. 19 with “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert.” The special, which will be taped on Dec. 5 at Madison Square Garden, will feature performances by Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, JUANES, Kris Kristofferson, Train’s Pat Monahan, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton, and Steven Tyler. Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents is the creator and executive producer of the show while Greg Phillinganes and Don Was will serve as music directors and Gregg Gelfand will direct.
“We are proud to be associated with this special event, and to bring ‘Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert’ to AMC viewers,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development, AMC and SundanceTV. “We are continuing to explore unique opportunities in non-fiction programming and special events that can live alongside our original productions and movies, and we know this remarkable event will do just that and attract Lennon fans and music lovers of all ages.”
The Paul Giamatti and Peter Tolan exec-produced Appalachia-set drama “Outsiders” will premiere at 9 p.m. Jan. 26 on WGN America. Created and exec produced by Peter Mattei, the series is about the power struggle of the Farrell clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived on the rugged Shay Mountain for over 200 years. They will defend their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them. The ensemble cast is lead by David Morse, who stars as Big Foster, the gruff and powerful heir to tribe leadership.
WGN America also released a trailer for the series:
Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” has added “Orange is the New Black’s” James McDaniel as Ezra Mills, the father of Nicole Beharie’s Abbie and Lyndie Greenwood’s Jenny. Absent all these years, Ezra is back with a strong interest in his daughters’ lives. McDaniel will appear in at least one episode when “Sleepy” returns next year.
Epix has expanded its cast for “Berlin Station,” the 10-part modern-day spy thriller from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content that’s set to premiere in fall 2016. Tamlyn Tomita has been cast as Sandra Abe, a quiet presence lording over the station’s efficient operation, who is also having an affair with her boss, Steven Frost (the previously cast Richard Jenkins). Other additions include Leland Orser as Robert Kirsch, a devoted and successful deputy chief who digs intelligence out of the capital through a mix of force, diligence and cleverness; Richard Dillane as Deputy Liaison Gerald Ellman, a gentle, reserved man who plans his transfer to Budapest, but finds himself in a position of being collateral damage; and Bernhard Schütz as Hans Richter, an old-world spy who has risen, against all odds, to the highest ranks of German intelligence organization BfV.