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TV News Roundup: Billy Crudup Joins Netflix’s ‘Gypsy,’ Discovery Acquires ‘Huntwatch’ Doc

Billy Crudup has committed to his biggest TV role yet with Netflix’s “Gypsy,” Nickelodeon has picked up 13 additional episodes of “Mutt & Stuff,” and Discovery Channel has acquired U.S and international rights to documentary film “Huntwatch” in today’s TV news roundup.

CASTING

Billy Crudup has joined Naomi Watts in Netflix’s “Gypsy” Variety has confirmed. The 10-episode series will follow Jean Holloway (Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerous relationships with people who are involved in her patients’ lives. Crudup will play Watts’ husband,  Michael Holloway, who navigates their twisted and complicated marriage as well as his own morally gray relationships. Watts will executive produce the series alongside creator Lisa Rubin and “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the first two episodes of the series.

Haley Strode, who recently had an arc on ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has booked a guest role on the upcoming CBS legal drama Doubt,” Variety has learned. Strode will play Susan, an attractive State Department employee who slept with a murder suspect years ago and does not want her past to haunt her. Strode’s other TV credits include “Wicked City” and Nickelodeon’s “Wendell and Vinnie.”

GREENLIGHTS

Nickelodeon has picked up 13 additional episodes of “Mutt & Stuff” from Sid & Marty Krofft. The announcement comes just ahead of the second season premiere episode featuring the Harlem Globetrotters, which airs Friday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. The increased order from the network brings the total episodes to 73 for “Mutt & Stuff’s” first and second seasons.

DATES

Amazon Original Kids series “Creative Galaxy,” the “make-along, create-along” animated art adventure preschool series, will debut Season 2 on Prime Video beginning Friday, September 16.

ACQUISITIONS 

Discovery Channel has acquired the U.S and international rights to documentary “Huntwatch.” The film recounts the compelling chronology of the fight to end the commercial seal hunt in Atlantic Canada.  “Huntwatch” is produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and narrated by Ryan Reynolds. It will air on September 22 as part of the Discovery Impact banner, immediately following a limited theatrical release by Discovery and Lionsgate, and will debut worldwide later this year. Lionsgate will also distribute the film on home entertainment worldwide.

EXECUTIVES

Fox Networks Group today announced the promotions of two key members of its advertising sales team: Audrey Steele to EVP, Sales Research Insights and Strategy; and Suzanne Sullivan to EVP, Entertainment Sales.

In their new positions, Steele will be responsible for leveraging the value of Fox audiences, engagement and attention to market the multiplatform sales and programming strategies of Fox broadcasting and cable entertainment; Sullivan will oversee national sales and client solutions for the Fox Networks Group’s entertainment brands, leading strategy and execution of cross-network, multiplatform sales to maximize revenue and partnership opportunities.

 

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