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TV News Roundup: Bravo Renews ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ for Season 2, ‘The Flash’ Casts Season 3 Villain

In today’s TV news roundup, Bravo has renewed “Below Deck Mediterranean” for Season 2. Plus, “The Flash” has cast a former MTV star as the new villain in Season 3, and TNT’s “Claws” pilot has added a new series regular.


“Below Deck Mediterranean” has been renewed for a second season, Bravo announced on Monday. Produced by 51 Minds, each episode of “Below Deck Mediterranean” — the spinoff to flagship series “Below Deck” — features a new group of clientele, giving audiences a ride on a new boat, new location, and new faces, to give an all access pass to the excitement, drama, and adventure of life aboard a private luxury yacht. A premiere date for Season 2 has yet to be released.


“Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Lights” alum Kevin Rankin has joined TNT’s nail salon pilot Claws” as a series regular, Variety has learned exclusively. The dramedy, hailing from Rashida Jones’ Le Train Train production shingle, follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous Florida manicurists. Rankin will star as Bryce, husband to Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) and father to her two daughters from previous relationships. Like his wife, Bryce is newly sober and trying to stay legit working as a contractor. “Claws” hails from writer Eliot Laurence, while Jones serves as an executive producer, along with her producing partner Will McCormack and showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois.

MTV’s “Awkward” star Ashley Rickards has been cast to play villain Rosalind “Rosa” Dillon, otherwise known as The Top, on the third season of CW’s “The Flash.” Rickards is also known for her roles on “American Horror Story: Murder House” and “One Tree Hill.” Her “Flash” casting was first reported by E! Online. Season 3 of “The Flash” premieres Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Journalist Chris Hansen (“To Catch A Predator”) will serve as the new host of “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen,” formerly “Crime Watch Daily.” The syndicated series was previously hosted by Matt Doran. Hansen, who also currently hosts Investigation Discovery’s “Killer Instinct,” will travel the country to uncover crime scenes and unsolved mysteries that occurred in small towns across America. Produced by Telepictures Productions, “Crime Watch Daily” is the first crime show to be broadcast in daytime syndication.


Food Network has fast-tracked two new pilots for the network: “All Caked Up” and “Ginormous Food,” respectively. “All Caked Up” will feature cake decorators Natalie and Dave Sideserf as they run their business, Sideserf Cake Studio, in Austin, Texas. “Ginormous Food” will showcase the biggest and most outrageous dishes across America made by some of the most popular restaurants in the country.

Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”) will serve as executive producer and director of Showtime’s pilot “Mating,” the network announced on Monday. Starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Taran Killam, the series follows a recently divorced man who “now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up,” according to the press release. Jason Katims (“Parenthood”), Stu Zicherman (“The Americans”) and Michelle Lee (“About A Boy”) will also serve as executive producers.


CNN announced on Monday that the network has acquired the rights to the Emmy Award-winning documentary “9/11,” and will work to update the film for a 2016 edition premiere, titled “9/11 Fifteen Years Later.” Executive produced by Nancy Duffy, Amy Entelis and Ben Silverman, the film will revisit firefighters and their families and introduce viewers to the children and close relatives of the fallen firefighters. “9/11 Fifteen Years Later” premieres on CNN on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. PST, with encore presentations at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. PST.


NBC announced that it has launched a new Snapchat television series entitled “The Voice On Snapchat.” The five-episode series will feature “The Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, each reviewing user-submitted videos to eventually select an artist they want representing their team in “The Voice on Snapchat” finale. “The Voice On Snapchat” will air Mondays beginning Aug. 22 and will conclude Sept. 19.

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