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TV News Roundup: HBO Sets ‘Ballers’ Season 2 Premiere Date, ‘Penny Dreadful’ Actor Cast in Shondaland Pilot

“Penny Dreadful” newcomer Shazad Latif will appear in a guest role on Shondaland’s “Still Star-Crossed” pilot. Plus, HBO has announced new premiere dates, including the second season of Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers.”

Shazad Latif has been cast in Shondaland’s Romeo and Juliet-inspired pilot “Still Star-Crossed,” Variety has learned exclusively. He will play Tybalt Capulet, appearing in a guest role.

Based on Melinda Taub’s 2013 book of the same name, “Still Star-Crossed” picks up after Romeo and Juliet’s tragic ending. The love story follows the conflict between the Capulets and the Montages in the wake of their deaths.

Up next, Latif will join Season 3 of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” playing Dr. Jekyll. He is repped by Principal Entertainment and Lou Coulson & Associates.

IFC has cast John C. McGinley in its new comedy-horror series “Stan Against Evil.” The “Scrubs” actor will star as Stanley Miller, a disgruntled policeman who’s stripped of his sheriff title after an angry outburst.  Janet Varney will play Evie Barret, Stan’s sidekick.  Slated to premiere this fall, “Stan Against Evil” is written and produced by “The Simpsons” and “Parks and Recreation” alum Dana Gould.


USA Network‘s new drama “Queen of the South,” an adaptation of Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s “La Reina Del Sur,” will premiere June 21. “I Am Legend’s” Alice Braga stars in the series as Teresa Mendoza, a woman who flees to Mexico after her drug dealer boyfriend is murdered. Upon seeking refuge, she embarks on a mission to avenge her lover’s death.  Verónica Falcón, Justina Machado, Peter Gadiot and Hemky Madera also star in the crime-drama, which is exec produced by “Little Miss Sunshine’s” David T. Friendly along with M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller. Scott Rosenbaum will serve as showrunner.

HBO confirmed July premiere dates for its Sunday programming. “The Night Of,” an eight-part limited series that delves into a complex New York City murder case, bows Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. Starting the next week (July 17), it will be followed at 10 p.m. by the second season of Dwayne Johnson comedy Ballers and at 10:30 p.m. by the new dark comedy series “Vice Principals.”


Entertainment Studios has named Darren Galatt president of advertising sales for its global syndication division. An employee of the production company since 2003, the new post will see Galatt overseeing advertising, sponsorship, and new business development initiatives across Entertainment Studios’ broadcast syndication and digital platforms.

The Company has tapped Annie Gerhart as the vice president of unscripted programming. Prior to this post, the development exec held positions at Ryan Seacrest Productions, Oxygen Media and Sony Pictures Television, where she assisted in the packaging of U.S. formats and oversaw the Emmy award-winning series “Shark Tank”.

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