Khloe Kardashian’s upcoming talk show “Kocktails with Khloe” will premiere early next year. Plus, Queen Latifah gets behind a rap reality show, and Showtime’s dark comedy pilot “I’m Dying Up Here” adds an alum from “Horrible Bosses 2” in today’s television news roundup …
Previously set to debut in late 2015, the FYI network announced the new date on Wednesday, not citing a specific reason for the schedule change. However, sources say the shift was an obvious move, given Kardashian being preoccupied with her estranged husband Lamar Odom. He’s currently in recovery after being found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel with drugs in his system.
The primetime hybrid talk series, hosted by Kardashian, will bring together celebrity guests, friends and family in the kitchen and around the table for an intimate dinner party full of cooking, pop culture conversation, party games and cocktails. Produced by Pilgrim Studios, the eight-episode series is also exec produced by the “Keeping Up With the Kardashian” star.
USA Network announced their winter programming slate. “Smackdown,” which has aired for the past five years on Syfy, will have its USA debut on Thursday, Jan. 7 and air weekly on the night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m, giving the network a bookend of wrestling programs, since the long-running “WWE Raw” will continue to air for three hours on Mondays. As previously announced, “Colony” — starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies — will debut Thursday, Jan. 14. And the long-running drama “Suits” returns Wednesday, Jan. 27 to pick up from its summer cliffhanger.
Showtime has cast “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Revenge” alum Brianne Howey to “I’m Dying Up Here,” the cabler’s comedy pilot from exec producer Jim Carrey. Should the pilot go to series, Howey will be a recurring character, playing Kay, a spunky and promiscuous waitress at Goldie’s comedy club, the epicenter of the LA stand-up comedy scene in the 1970s. Howey, who’s repped by Untitled Entertainment, joins the ensemble of Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Sebastian Stan, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.
Emma Caulfied will guest star in an upcoming episode of “Supergirl” on CBS, Variety has confirmed. The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum will play Cameron Chase. She is based on the DC Comics character who first appeared in 1998 in Batman #550. After her father’s violent murder, Cameron decided to dedicate her life to law enforcement. Now a stern no-holds barred FBI agent, her weapons of choice are manipulation and manpower. With little sympathy and plenty of suspicions, she pursues her targets with ruthless determination.
In other Caulfield news, the actress will reprise her role as the Blind Witch in “Once Upon A Time’s” 100th episode, reports Entertainment Tonight. As Variety previously reported, Robbie Kay will also appear in the milestone episode as his fan-favorite Peter Pan, while Greg Germann just booked a mysterious role for the second half of Season 5.
Lifetime has partnered with Queen Latifah and Jermaine Dupri on “The Rap Game.” The reality series, which is set to premiere on New Year’s Day, follows five tween and teen-age rap artists emerging in Atlanta’s music scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, announced by the network on Wednesday, will also feature visits from musicians like Usher, Ludacris, Da Brat, T.I. and Silentó.
Starz has acquired the rights to “One More Time,” a musical drama that stars Christopher Walken and Amber Heard as an estranged father and daughter. According to IndieWire, there will be “a theatrical run and an On Demand release through Starz Digital for 2016, followed by an exclusive TV premiere on Starz.”
Rick Kissell contributed to this report.