“Empire” has cast Rumer Willis in the recurring role of Tory Ash, a brilliant but volatile singer-songwriter whose talent becomes invaluable to Jamal (Jussie Smollett). Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, joins an ensemble cast for season 3 which already includes Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad and French Montana. Previously Willis had recurring roles on “90210” and “Hawaii Five-0.” “Rumer is so fabulous,” “Empire” executive producer Sanaa Hamri told Variety. “She is playing an artist and she represents kind of the wild side of Jamal. I don’t know how much I can say about it, but she’s really blossoming in her character.”
Former “Weeds” and “The West Wing” actress Mary Louise Parker will guest star in one episode of Season 2 of Showtime‘s “Billions.” Parker will play George Minchak, a brilliant strategist. Season 2 of “Billions” premieres on Feb. 19, 2017.
Justin Bieber will perform for the 2016 American Music Awards from the European leg of his Purpose tour in Zurich, Switzerland. This will be Bieber’s sixth appearance on the telecast, which will broadcast live on Sunday, Nov. 20 on ABC. Previously announced on-site performers included Lady Gaga, Green Day, Niall Horan and John Legend. Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah are co-hosting the ceremony.
William Russ, Keiko Agena and Paolo Andino have been cast in recurring roles in the upcoming season 2 of the USA series “Colony.” Russ will play Hennessey, an ex-spy who always had more brains than brawn and now serves as a lateral bridge between the show’s many Resistance cells. Agena plays Betsy, a co-worker of Will Bowman (Josh Holloway) and Jennifer (Kathleen Rose Perkins) at Homeland Security. And Andino will play Howard, a Redhat whose loyalties will be tested when he meets ruthless spy Broussard (Tory Kittles). Season 2 is set to premiere Jan. 12, 2017.
“Party Girl,” an exclusive 10-episode original short-form series co-created by actress and YouTube comedian Lisa Schwartz and “The Goldbergs” writer Lacey Friedman, has launched on Freeform and Hulu. The series is loosely based on Schwartz’s experiences and follows a twenty-something as she navigates adulthood while working with a band of quirky co-workers at a Los Angeles party company that specializes in themed birthdays. “Party Girl” also stars Beverly D’Angelo, Ed Begley Jr., and Adam Busch as three of Schwartz’s co-workers.
TLC‘s first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s “Too Close to Home,” will return to the network for its eight-episode second season on Jan. 4, 2017. Season 2 will continue the story of Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her affair with the President of the United States is broadcast worldwide, forcing her to return to her modest trailer park beginnings in Alabama.
French comedian Gad Elmaleh is crossing the Atlantic with his one man show “Gad Gone Wild,” which is set to stream globally Netflix on Jan. 24, 2017. The one man show will be mainly performed in French, and Elmaleh uses personal experiences as a Frenchman in the U.S. to highlight cultural differences between both countries.
Reality show “Total Bellas” has been picked up for a second season by E! The series is a spin-off of the network’s hit series “Total Divas,” and season 2 be comprised of eight one-hour episodes and will follow WWE Superstars Nikki Bella and John Cena as they temporarily relocate to Phoenix, AZ to help Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan through their first pregnancy. The new season will premiere in 2017.
FOX Sports has appointed Terri Hines as its new executive vice president of communications. Hines will begin her new role on Dec. 5 and will lead communications across the network’s multi-platform portfolio, which includes the sports television arm of Fox Broadcasting. She joins from Nike, where most recently she served as vice president of global communications for Converse.
Decades Network, the TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, has ordered six monthly episodes of “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” a 30-minute talkfest dedicated to classic television and TV stars. Host and author Pilato will also serve as executive producer with Joel Eisenberg, and the program will be directed by former actor Steve Akahoshi. The project will begin airing on Decades Network multiple times weekly, beginning in January 2017.