TV News Roundup: Kerry Washington Is Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year; ‘Veronica Mars’ Alum Joins ‘iZombie’

Kerry Washington is heading to Harvard and “Veronica Mars” actor Enrico Colantoni is heading to “iZombie” in Wednesday’s TV news roundup …

Awards

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington has been named Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 2016 Woman of the Year.

The Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award was established in 1951 and is the organization’s oldest honor. It is given to performers who have made a lasting, impressive contribution to the world of entertainment. Past winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Helen Mirren and Amy Poehler.

“We are so excited to honor Kerry Washington as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year and welcome her to Cambridge to celebrate her many achievements. Kerry is an amazing actress with many fans in the company, and the perfect choice for this honor,” said Kennedy Edmonds, the producer of this year’s ceremony.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year will be announced at a later date.

Casting News

Enrico Colantoni will have a recurring role on CW’s “iZombie,” playing vice detective Lou Benedetto on the series co-created by “Veronica Mars'” Rob Thomas. He is set to appear in episodes 14 and 17, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Colantoni isn’t the only alum from “Veronica Mars” to make on appearance on “iZombie.” Veronica herself, Kristen Bell, is doing voicework for a future episode and Percy Daggs III, Daran Norris, Ryan Hansen and Adam Rose have all made appearances.

Deals

Robert Redford has signed a two-year, first-look TV deal with HBO. The first project under development from the deal is “The Burgess Boys” miniseries.

“The Burgess Boys” is a novel written by Elizabeth Strout following two brothers haunted by an accident that killed their father as they return to Maine later in life. HBO had previously adapted “Olive Kitteridge,” Strout’s Pulitzer-winning novel, which won eight Emmy Awards, including best limited series.

Renewals

Ahead of the premiere of its second season, ION Television has renewed drama series “Saving Hope” for an 18-episode fifth season.

“‘Saving Hope’ has resonated with our viewers since its debut and continues to be a key component of ION’s long-term programming strategy,” Brandon Burgess, chairman and CEO of ION Media Networks, said.

The second season of “Saving Hope” premieres Jan. 12.

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