TV News Roundup: Donald Trump’s New Years Eve, ‘The Simpsons’ Christmas Marathon

The Simpsons Christmas Marathon

The Simpsons” are coming to your TV this holiday season, plus Donald Trump is making a television appearance on New Years Eve. Also, Reese Witherspoon is producing another drama series for ABC, in this week’s television news roundup . . .

Holiday Programming:

FXX is bringing a sleigh-full of “The Simpsons” this holiday season with a week full of Christmas-themed mini marathons of the animated series , which began Dec. 21 and will span through Dec. 25 with a block of episodes airing each weekday night. Following the Christmas week mini-marathons, the cabler will air a 30-hour marathon, dubbed “The Simpsons New Year’s Resolutions,” beginning with “The Simpsons Movie” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and continuing with resolution-themed episodes from the past 26 seasons, airing through New Year’s Eve and day.

Donald Trump will ring in the new year with an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year.” The special begins at 9 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 with the Republican presidential hopeful appearing live from Florida during the 11 o’clock hour. He will stay on the show through midnight.

Development News:

Reese Witherspoon is attached to exec produce a drama for ABC, titled “Please Don’t Go,” Variety has confirmed.

Written by Meaghan Oppenheimer (“We Are Your Friends”), the hourlong potential series — which has landed a script order — follows the personal and professional life of a ruthless divorce attorney who was raised in the trailer parks of Texas and worked her way up to the most prestigious neighborhood in Dallas, but beneath her facade of togetherness, she’s plagued by self-destructive tendencies and long hidden family secrets that begin to unravel her life. Witherspoon will exec produce with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea of her Pacific Standard shingle.

Hailing from ABC Studios, “Please Don’t Go” is the second development deal Witherspoon has set up at ABC this season, following an untitled romantic murder mystery, which is also in the works at the network.

Casting News:

Netflix drama “Marco Polo” has set its sights on “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’s” Michelle Yeoh for Season 2. She will play a mysterious figure from Hundred Eyes’ (Tom Wu) past.

“Michelle Yeoh is not only a screen legend and one of the greatest international action stars of all time, she’s one of the best actors of her generation. So we are thrilled to have her join one of the most diverse ensembles in television and bring her unique talents to ‘Marco Polo.’ Her role in the second season is one that’s going to add even more intrigue, mystery, and Asian martial arts to our rich story world,” said creator John Fusco.

Yeoh also appears in Netflix’s upcoming “Crouching Tiger” sequel, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.”

Showrunner Shuffle:

There’s some behind-the-scenes drama at Netflix’s “Narcos.” After original showrunner Chris Brancato exited the show for an overall deal at ABC Studios in April, Adam Fierro stepped in to takeover the second season — now, Fierro has departed.

Variety has confirmed Jose Padilha and Eric Newman are returning as exec producers and are working together with a team of writers on the sophomore season. Fierro, whose departure was first reported by Deadline, has completed his services for Season 2 that he was contracted for, including breaking new stories with a change in creative direction.

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