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TV News Roundup: Katey Sagal Joins ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ Echo Kellum Upped to ‘Arrow’ Series Regular

In Monday’s TV news round-up, “Son’s of Anarchy” star Katey Sagal will star in ABC’s TV movie musical adaptation of “Dirty Dancing”; Echo Kellum has been promoted to a series regular on The CW’s “Arrow,” and more… 

CASTING:

Katey Sagal has been cast in the ABC musical event “Dirty Dancing.”  The “Sons of Anarchy” actress will play Vivian Pressman, a recently divorced former beauty queen who sets her sights on younger men like Colt Prattes’ Johnny Castle.  New to rejection, Vivian will find herself in a jealous rage when Johnny rejects her for Abigail Breslin’s Baby.

Starting in Season 5, Echo Kellum will be promoted to series regular status on the CW’s “Arrow.”  Starring as the genius tech whiz Curtis Holt (aka Mr. Terrific), the actor first appeared on the action-adventure series in the beginning of Season 4.  The news was first reported by TVLine.

Discovery has cast two key roles for upcoming miniseries “Harley and the Davidsons,” about the birth of the iconic Harley-Davidson brand that launched in 1903 by two friends from Milwaukee, William Harley and Arthur Davidson. “Hart of Dixie” alum Wilson Bethel will play Ray Weishaar, an infamous member of the Harley-Davidson “Wrecking Crew” who helped popularize the slang term “hog” in reference to Harley, after taking victory laps with the team’s pig mascot. Dougray Scott has been cast to play Randall James, CEO of Indian Motorcycles, Harley’s chief competitor. The series, consisting of three two-hour episodes, will premiere Monday, September 5.

PREMIERES:

Logo Documentary Films‘ 2016 slate, which debuts May 3, will include LGBT stories that shed light on diverse social issues.  The new programming will launch with “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” which documents a female athlete’s battle with mental illness. Other films will explore an Iraqi soldier’s long distance relationship; the criminal justice system; and the lives of three female chefs. Logo received its first Daytime Emmy nod this year for “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.”

Street Outlaws” returns to Discovery Channels ‘s Motor Mondays on April 25.  The new season picks up with the 405, now equipped with new rules and racers, in search of redemption after a disappointing finish at the Cash Days race event.  The reality series’ previous season was its most-watched and highest-rated to date.

EXECUTIVE:

“Steve Harvey” alum Jason Kurtz will join Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime variety show as an exec producer.  Along with co-exec producing Steve Harvey’s talk-variety show, Kurtz also served as the EP on the “Harry” pilot.

In “Harry,” a NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution production, Connick Jr. will entertain viewers with various comedic segments, street interviews, live performances, parodies and more. “Late Show With David Letterman’s” Eric and Justin Stangel are also confirmed to exec produce.

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