“Greatest American Hero” could be coming back to TV, Trevor Noah’s Comedy Central special gets a premiere date, plus an alum from “The Flash” has been cast in the CW’s “iZombie” in today’s television news roundup . . .
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” alum Greg Finley has joined the cast of the CW’s “iZombie.”
Finley posted his casting news on social media, and Variety has learned he booked the heavily recurring role of Drake — first seen dying from a gunshot wound, Drake has information that is vital to Blaine (David Anders), and he can’t be allowed to die and take this information with him.
Finley’s “iZombie” gig marks a reunion for the actor and the CW, as he has not only been in “The Flash,” but was also a series regular in the short-lived alien romance “Star Crossed.” Other than starring in “Secret Life,” his other credits include “CSI,” “House” and “SVU.”
Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a remake of “Greatest American Hero,” Variety has confirmed. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will adapt the ’80s series, which ran for three seasons on ABC. Rick Famuyiwa will pen the script and direct the pilot, hailing from 20th Century Fox, with Lord and Miller exec producing with Tawnia McKiernan and Seth Cohen. The “Greatest American Hero” reboot, first reported by Deadline, revolves around an ordinary man who wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.
Trevor Noah’s Comedy Central special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation” will air Nov. 22 at 10:00 p.m. Filmed at The Lincoln Theater in Washington D.C., the comedy show will showcase the new “Daily Show” host’s unique world-view and global analysis of American culture, addressing domestic and international events of the past year including terrorism, racial tensions in the states and the Ebola crisis.
Film and TV producer Marc Roskin has signed with APA, Variety has learned. He was previously repped by CAA.
Roskin is an exec producer and director on TNT’s “The Librarians,” which came after the trio of telepics that he also exec produced. His other television credits include TNT’s “Leverage,” on which he was an exec producer and director, plus “Covert Affairs,” “Burn Notice,” “Dallas” and “Graceland.”
Roskin launched Electric Entertainment with Dean Devlin in 2001. The company was behind feature films “Flyboys,” starring James Franco, Jason Statham’s “Cellular” and is currently in post-production on Gerard Butler’s upcoming disaster flick “Geostorm.” Prior to Electric, Roskin was SVP at Centropolis Entertainment where he worked on “Godzilla” and “The Patriot,” among other films.
Gaumont Television has hired Nicola Andrews to the newly created position of vice president, distribution. Andrews will be based in London and report directly to Erik Pack, president of international distribution for Gaumont Television. She be responsible for selling the company’s line-up of children’s programming into the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, as well as selling all of Gaumont Television programming into Benelux.