TV News Roundup: Niecy Nash Joins ‘Masters of Sex,’ Netflix Bows ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer

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Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming project “Stranger Things” and the streaming service announced the premiere of an original docu-series taking fans behind the scenes of the road to the NFL in today’s TV Roundup.

FIRST LOOK

Netflix has released the first trailer for its highly-anticipated series “Stranger Things,” which will debut on July 15 in all territories where Netflix is available.

Set in Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s, “Stranger Things” chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

DATES

Netflix will premiere an original six-part documentary series, “Last Chance U,” on July 29 to members worldwide. Directed by Greg Whiteley, “Last Chance U” will follow a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. The football players are the latest recruits to East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with three National Championships under their belt in the last four years. Under Coach Buddy Stephens, EMCC graduates more than 20 players per year into football scholarships at four year universities, and nine of his former players currently play in the NFL.

CASTING

Niecy Nash and Betty Gilpin will guest star on the fourth season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex.  Nash, who will appear in a multi-episode arc, plays Louise Bell, a local AA-chairperson running Masters’ (Michael Sheen) court-ordered daily meetings.  Gilpin, who will also appear in a multi-episode arc, will play Nancy, a former medical student of Barton’s (Beau Bridges), who partners with Masters, adding a second MD to the practice.  Production on Season 4 recently began in Los Angeles and will premiere Sunday, September 11 at 10 p.m.

AWARDS

Bruce Campbell is campaigning to make the Emmys groovy again. Starz released a series of “Ash for Emmys” videos Thursday morning as part of their FYC campaign for “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” The videos feature Campbell pitching himself for an Emmy with a few Ash-approved campaign slogans including “He Doesn’t Suck” and “Vote for Bruce Campbell Because I F—ing Said So,” among others.

EXECUTIVES

Talpa Media USA has announced Jennifer Danska as its new Senior Vice President, Programming & Development. Danska joins Talpa from Ellen Rakieten Entertainment at Critical Content (formally Relativity Television) where she most recently served as SVP of Development. Talpa also promoted Monica Stock to Senior Vice President, Production and ReBecca Crawford to Vice President, Current Programming & Development. The announcement was made today by Jay Bienstock, CEO of Talpa Media USA.

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