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TV News Roundup: Wendell Pierce Among Cast Additions to USA’s ‘Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.’

In today’s roundup, USA’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” expands its cast and YouTube Red’s “Cobra Kai” sequel series to “The Karate Kid” finds a lead

CASTING

Additional cast members have been announced for USA‘s true crime anthology series “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” Dominic Santana is set to play Marion “Suge” Knight, the infamous co-founder and head of Death Row records in the 1990s, and also played Knight in the biopic “All Eyez on Me.” Sola Bamis has been tapped for the role of Afeni Shakur, a former Black Panther, political activist and the mother of Tupac Shakur. Donald Faison will play Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant, a legendary New York-based club promoter turned music executive. Wendell Pierce is set for the role of Detective Lee Tucker, an old school homicide detective from the LA Sheriff’s Department. Camille Chen will play Grace Kim, a robbery-homicide department secretary.

Xolo Maridueña has been cast as the lead Miguel Diaz in the upcoming YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to the original “Karate Kid” film set thirty years after the All Valley Karate Tournament.  Raised by a single mother from Ecuador, Miguel struggles with bullies at his new school, until he’s taken under the wing of a Cobra Kai karate master. William Zabka and Ralph Macchio will reprise their roles as Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso as Johnny seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The ten-episode series is set to air in 2018.

Sara Ramirez has been added as a series regular in CBS‘s “Madam Secretary.” Ramirez will play Kat Sandoval, a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth manages to coax her back into the State Department. Ramirez will be introduced into the series on Nov. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT.

FIRST LOOK

MTV‘s series “The Challenge” returns for eight weeks on Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. with “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.” Hosted by WWE superstar and former challenge competitor, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, the show will feature ten previous winners  against ten celebrity athletes and entertainers in challenge-style competitions for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities. Watch the first look at the season below:

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Katie Hash will join the Denver-based production company Dorsey Pictures as Vice President of Development. She will join Allison Boon in developing and overseeing non-fiction projects for the production company. Both will report to CEO Chris Dorsey. Hash most recently served as SVP of Development at Indigo Films, where she was responsible for running and managing their development department, and served as VP of Development at A. Smith & Co. Productions, where she collaborated on many of their successful programs including “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC), “Wizard Wars” (SyFy), “Unsung” (TVOne), and “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura” (TruTV).

INITIATIVES

The Black List and Women in Film announced Liz Beall, Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan, Kate McClure and Daniela Schrier Kafshi, Zara Meerza, Maria Sten, and Yvonne Hana Yi as the participants in their 2nd Annual Episodic Lab for women writers. Over the four weeks of the Lab, these writers will be mentored by Cindy Chupack, Glen Mazzara, Monica Beletsky, Carly Wray and Jenni Konner in script development workshop sessions and Master classes. The Lab participants will also have their final pilots read by a variety of agencies and networks.

SPECIALS

Comedian Michelle Wolf’s first comedy stand-up special will air on HBO on Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” will showcase Wolf’s thoughts on feminism, the environment and how nature is sexist, the mystery surrounding public bathrooms, why Hillary Clinton could not be a “nice lady,” how it’s easier to conceive a baby than to make a croissant and more of life’s everyday absurdities.  The special will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals and an encore will play on the main HBO channel include Sunday, Dec. 3 at 10:50 p.m.

SCHEDULING

CBS is tweaking its Monday night lineup. On Oct. 30, the Season 2 premiere of “Superior Donuts” will now debut at 9 p.m. ET instead of 9:30 as planned. Instead, “Me, Myself, and I” will remain in the 9:30 timeslot on Mondays that it currently occupies. The new Monday lineup will now be:

CBS Monday, Effective Oct. 30

8:00-8:30 PM              KEVIN CAN WAIT

8:30-9:00 PM              9JKL

9:00-9:30 PM              SUPERIOR DONUTS (2nd Season Premiere, NTP)

9:30-10:00 PM            ME, MYSELF & I

10:00-11:00 PM          SCORPION

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