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TV News Roundup: ‘Arrow’ Casts Human Target, Andrea Martin Joins ‘Hairspray Live!’

Jessica Jones” star Wil Traval is joining “Arrow” as Human Target for the upcoming season on the CW, plus Andrea Martin will be joining NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Prudy Pingleton. 

CASTING

The CW’sArrow” has cast Wil Traval from Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” in the role of DC Comics superhero Human Target aka Christopher Chance. Human Target is a master of disguise who assumed the identity of those targeted by assassins and is also a professional bodyguard. Traval will appear in the fifth episode of the upcoming season of “Arrow” as he takes on Mayor Oliver Queen as a new client. Season 5 premieres Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on CW.

NBC has announced that two-time Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Andrea Martin will be joining the cast of Hairspray Live!” as Penny Pingleton’s (Ariana Grande) mother, Prudy. Martin will be appearing alongside Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky, Rosie O’Donell as the health education teacher and newcomer Maddie Badillo as Tracy Turnblad. Martin is already in the NBC family, as she stars in the network’s upcoming new comedy series “Great News,” which will premiere midseason. “Hairspray Live!” will air Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

DATES

Nat Geo WILD‘s upcoming series “Animal ER” will premiere Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. The show follows the Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) in Houston as they treat and diagnose animals ranging from dogs to tigers to pythons. The GCVS focuses on animals whose treatment requirements go beyond that of regular veterinarians.

GREENLIGHTS

UP has announced the renewal of two of its original series — “Growing Up McGhee” is being renewed for 10-episode second season and “Bringing Up Bates” is being renewed for a 13-episode fifth season.

“These lovable families have welcomed viewers into their homes each week, and we are excited to continue the journey with them and experience all of the love, laughter, excitement and chaos in their ever-changing and highly entertaining lives,” said Amy Winter, EVP and general manager, UP.

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