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TV News Roundup: Bridgit Mendler Cast in ‘Nashville’ Season 5

In today’s TV news roundup, Bridgit Mendler has joined the cast of “Nashville” Season 5 on CMT, plus Showtime has released a first look at “The Affair” Season 3 …

CASTING:

Former Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler will join the cast of Nashville for Season 5 in a recurring role, CMT announced on Friday. Mendler will play Ashley Wilkenson, described as a sexy, talented internet sensation with 30 million views who is about to record her first album. Mendler starred on Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie,” and was also a regular on NBC’s “Undateable.” She is repped by Gersh.

Tyrese Gibson has joined Lee Daniels’ upcoming Fox music drama “Star” in a recurring role. He announced the news on Instagram. Gibson will play Queen Latifah’s on-screen love interest. His character, Pastor Bobby Harris, presides over Carlotta’s (Latifah) congregation. He is a handsome ex-thug, who has, like Carlotta, turned his life over to God. The two begin a relationship that will be challenged on many fronts and which will ultimately create a crisis of faith for them both.

FIRST LOOK:

Showtime has released a first look video for Season 3 of The Affair.” 

Season 3 picks up three years after Noah’s (Dominic West) shocking admission of guilt at the murder trial of Scott Lockhart. Noah attempts to restart his life, but the damage wrought by his past decisions has made him a ghost of his former self, and the trailer sees him handcuffed and behind bars.

Season 3 premieres on Nov. 20.

DEVELOPMENT:

Production company Film Roman has optioned the rights to the comic “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Film Roman will develop the comic strip, written and illustrated by Dan Perkins, as an animated series, and will be shopping the show around to broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.

“Film Roman is the ideal company to produce a series based on the strip, considering its immensely successful track record over the years,” said Perkins.

Film Roman CEO Steve Waterman added: “We are exceptionally pleased and excited to be working with Dan to adapt his fiercely insightful and hilarious strip for television or digital. With its large and enthusiastic following, it’s a show that could work in a broadcast, cable, or streaming environment, and we’re going to explore all of those options.”

The project will be exec produced by Film Roman founder/animator Phil Roman and Jeff Segal, who says, “The show, targeting essentially the same demographic as ‘The Simpsons,’ will tackle hot button social and political issues, with Dan’s trademark brand of rapier wit and edgy satire.”

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