E! sets a premiere date for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Season 11, and Fox books Pitbull for another New Years Eve special. Plus, “Gotham” has cast Mr. Freeze’s wife and villain Hugo Strange in today’s TV news roundup . . .
E!’s first family, the Kardashians, will return for Season 11 of their reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on Nov. 15 at 9:00 p.m. Leading up to the new season’s premiere, the cable net will air a special “Keeping Up: The Kardashians Rewind” on Nov. 1, plus two additional “KUWTK” specials, which are set for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.
Pitbull will return to Fox on New Years Eve for the second annual “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution.” Live from Miami, the Dec. 31 show will ring in 2016, counting down to midnight with some of the biggest names in music, plus performances by Pitbull himself. Last year’s special featured Enrique Iglesias, The Band Perry and Becky G., among other musical guests.
The CW is also getting into the holiday spirit, lineup up this year’s seasonal programming, which will be anchored by the Hollywood Christmas Parade, some animated perennial favorites and iHeartradio’s concert event with Calvin Harris.
The specials on CW kick off on Nov. 24 with the one-hour “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown,” and the next night (Thanksgiving Eve) will feature the 1987 Steve Martin-John Candy feature film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Nov. 27 is a night of all-animated classics with the hourlong “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” followed by half-hours “Kung Fu Panda Holiday” and “Merry Madagascar.” On Dec. 11, CW will broadcast the “84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” with Penn & Teller serving as Grand Marshalls for the Hollywood Boulevard parade, which will be co-hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams. The 90-minute “iHeartradio Jingle Ball,” featuring Harris, Selena Gomez and more from Madison Square Garden in New York, is set for Dec. 17. And on Christmas Eve, the animated “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” will air in the 8 o’clock hour.
“Gotham” has added two new roles, Variety has confirmed. “Law & Order: SVU” alum BD Wong will recur as Hugo Strange, and Kristen Hager (“Being Human,” “Masters of Sex”) will play Mr. Freeze’s wife Nora Fries. Both are based on the DC Comics characters.
Strange is a brilliant psychiatrist hired to run Gotham’s Arkham Asylum. His devotion to rehabilitating Gotham’s most notorious villains makes him appear altruistic, but he harbors a dark secret, and soon reveals himself as Gotham’s greatest threat: a man whose obsession with pushing the limits of the human mind and body has translated into secretly conducting horrifying experiments for Indian Hill, Wayne Enterprises black-ops program dedicated to creating the ultimate super human — or super villain.
Hager, whose casting was first reported by Zap2it.com, will play the terminally ill wife of super villain Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow, “House of Cards”). Thanks to her smarts, sincerity and a lighthearted sensibility, Nora the only person who’s managed to connect with the otherwise emotionally cold cryogenicist. As her condition worsens and her husband becomes more desperate to save her life, she must make the ultimate choice: play the willing participant in Victor’s mad plan or sacrifice herself to stop the monster inside of him.
Bogner Content has signed an overall deal with All3Media America, the company announced this week. Under the new pact, Bogner Content will continue to develop and produce unscripted content for broadcast and cable. The deal reunites Bogner’s CEO Olivia Bogner with All3Media’s CEO Greg Lipstone, who served as his agent when he was at ICM Partners.
“Oliver is an extremely talented producer who has found great success at an early age. I look forward to this new chapter in our relationship,” said Lipton. The 22-year-old Bogner commented, “My agent just became my boss, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Everyone at All3 is extremely passionate about creating the best content possible, and I am excited for my company to join the team.”
Previously under a deal at Relativity Television, Bogner has created unscripted series for Lifetime, TLC, Discovery, NatGeo, Animal Planet and History Channel.
Rick Kissell contributed to this report.