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TV News Roundup: Jeffrey Tambor Joins ‘Tangled’ Series; George Eads Cast in ‘MacGyver’ Reboot

In today’s news roundup, Disney’s “Tangled” series casts a “Transparent” star; Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” gets a new showrunner; Freeform renews “Young & Hungry” and more…

CASTING NEWS:

“Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor and “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks are among the thesps lending their voices to Disney Channel’s upcoming animated series “Tangled: Before Ever After,” set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film, “Tangled Ever After.” Also joining the film’s leads, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, are Ashley Judd as Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna; Broadway star Eden Espinosa as Rapunzel’s handmaiden and confidant, Cassandra; comedian Jeff Ross as Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot; Richard Kind as Uncle Monty; Sean Hayes as Pete the Guard; Peter MacNicol as Nigel the Adviser; Clancy Brown as Rapunzel’s father King Frederic; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as blacksmith Xavier; Diedrich Bader as Stan the Guard; Charles Halford as Pub Thug Vladimir; Steve Blum as Pub Thug Attila Buckethead; James Monroe Iglehart as Eugene’s friend Lance Strongbow; and Jeremy Jordan as teen alchemist Varian. Reprising their roles from the feature film are Tambor and Paul F. Tompkins as Big Nose and Shorty, members of the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and M.C. Gainey as Captain of the Guards.

“CSI” alum George Eads is making his way back to CBS for the network’s “MacGyver” reboot. He will co-star alongside the yet-to-be-cast twentysomething titular star, playing the role of Lincoln, described as a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist, but he’s a legit government employee with a great capability for compassion. The “MacGyver” pilot is a reimagining of the 1980s TV series.

Terrence “J” Jenkins is set to host “Coupled,” the new unscripted dating show on Fox. The show follows 12 single, smart, young professional women who meet face-to-face with eligible single men. They make the choice immediately whether they feel a spark and want to spend more time with the guy. If they do feel the spark, the two have the chance to discover how compatible they really are.

RENEWALS:

Freeform is picking up Young & Hungry for a fourth season.

“’Young & Hungry’ is the first series we’ve renewed under the new Freeform banner. It remains a staple in our comedy diet. The show’s humor, quality and wonderful actors fit perfectly with our evolving brand,” said Karey Burke, Freeform executive VP, programming & development. The current season of “Young & Hungry” is currently airing on Wednesday nights.

PREMIERE DATES:

Gabby Douglas‘s Oxygen docu-series “Douglas Family Gold” will premiere May 25 at 10 p.m. on the NBCUniversal-owned cabler. The show will follow the Olympian and her family as the young gymnast prepares to head back to the Olympic Games in Rio.

“Gabby’s drive, motivation and perseverance encourages young women everywhere,” said Rod Aissa, Oxygen Media executive VP of original programming and development.‎ “’The series provides an inside look at an inspirational family who doesn’t let any obstacles stand in their way, and when dreams are on the line ‘Team Douglas’ comes together and outshines the competition.”

Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” will premiere its latest season on April 10. The series follows the highs, lows and relationships of Reza Farahan, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mike Shouhed, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi and new cast member Shervin Roohparvar.

The second annual “American Country Countdown Awards” is airing live May 1 on Fox. The two-hour award show honors the year’s best country music while offering performances, moments and (of course) awards. Last year’s show featured performances by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Hank Williams Jr.

GREENLIGHTS:

Esquire Network has ordered eight-episode docu-series “The Mike Stud Project,” taking viewers inside the world of Mike Stud – a Duke-educated, former All-American baseball player who unexpectedly turned to music after an injury robbed him of his lifelong dream to play pro ball. Now, Mike Stud can be seen at the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts as he continues to build his brand as an unsigned artist, heavily relying on social media to build awareness, sell tickets and engage with fans around the world. “The Mike Stud Project” is produced by Den of Thieves, executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Alexandra Lipsitz and co-exec produced by Jordan Barrow, Jared Morell and Austin Rosen.

SHOWRUNNERS:

Graham Yost has taken over the reins of Amazon drama seriesSneaky Pete.” According to Deadline, Yost is replacing executive producer and former showrunner David Shore, who wrote the pilot script with Bryan Cranston. The series follows a con man (Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes the identity of his cellmate Pete after leaving prison. He gets pulled into the family’s bail bond business after he moves in with Pete’s family. The show also stars Margo Martindale, Marin Ireland, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae.

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