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TV News Roundup: Beau Bridges, Odell Beckham Jr. Visit ‘Code Black,’ Nickelodeon Celebrates the Super Bowl

CBS’ “Code Black” admits Beau Bridges and a New York Giants star, while WGN America’s “Outsiders” opens big in Wednesday’s TV news roundup…

Casting News

Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will guest star on CBS medical drama “Code Black.”

Beckham will play himself in the episode, while Bridges will appear as Pete Delaney, who was Beckham’s high school football coach. Bridges’ daughter Emily will also guest star as his character’s daughter, Mia. The episode will air on Feb. 10.

In other casting news:

OWN has announced casting for original drama series “Queen Sugar,” from Ava DuVernay. Joining previously announced star Rutina Wesley are Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and Omar J. Dorsey. Gardner will play Charley Bordelon West, the manager and wife of basketball superstar Davis West. Siriboe is Ralph Angel Bordelon, formerly incarcerated and trying to make a new start. Dorsey plays Hollywood Desonier, a supporter of the Bordelon family.

Elsewhere, Taylor Spreitler has been cast in CBS’ untitled Kevin James comedy pilot, Variety has confirmed. Spreitler will play Kendra, the daughter of James’ character, who was once an overachieving people-pleaser but has since been radicalized by college. The show will follow James’ character after he retires from law enforcement to spend more time with his wife and kids. Spreitler is most known for her role as Lennox Scanlon in “Melissa & Joey.”

Premiere Dates

Nickelodeon is presenting a week of NFL-themed content leading up to Super Bowl 50. The lineup will include daily reports, vignettes, a brand new Super Bowl-themed music video by Flo Rida and an “NFL FLAG Championships” special airing Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., featuring sideline reports from “Game Shakers” stars Kel Mitchell and Alex Flanagan; a performance of the national anthem by Isabela Moner (“100 Things to do Before High School”); and highlights from the final FLAG games and round robin tournament.

Ratings

WGN America had reason to be pleased with the ratings performance for the premiere of its third original drama, “Outsiders,” which drew about 1.1 million “live plus same-day” viewers on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. While not quite at the level of the network’s flagship series “Salem,” which opened to 1.5 million, the same-day tune-in exceeded that of some recent basic cable launches like MTV’s “Shannara Chronicles” and Freeform’s “Recovery Road” and was about equal to the total of Syfy’s “The Magicians.”

When including an encore, “Outsiders” drew 1.93 million viewers on Tuesday night — nearly 20% more than the July 2014 bow of “Manhattan.” Helping WGN America reach a potentially larger audience was the network’s recent deal with Cablevision, which filled a notable gap in the channel’s coverage and expanded its reach to more than 80 million homes.

Rick Kissell contributed to this story.

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