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TV News Roundup: Sarah Hyland Joins ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ More Pilot Casting

In today’s news roundup, “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland is ready for some “Dirty Dancing,” while pilot season is ramping up with much more casting. 

Casting News:

Sarah Hyland has been cast in the ABC musical event Dirty Dancing,” Variety has learned. The “Modern Family” star will play Lisa Houseman, the older sister to Abigail Breslin’s Baby. While spending summer vacation in the Catskill Mountains, Lisa falls for the womanizing waiter Robbie.

Peter Facinelli and Kim Raver have joined Fox’s unconventional medical drama pilot Zoobiquity.” The project will draw from the book of the same name, following Dr. Kara Martins (Marsha Thomason), a cardiologist who partners with a socially challenged veterinarian to pioneer cross-species medicine. Facinelli, who is currently appearing in CBS’ “Supergirl,” will play vet Dr. Lucas Court. Raver will play the hospital’s chief of medicine, Dr. Julia Fowler. The pilot will be directed by Kevin Bray and is written and exec produced by “Bones'” Stephen Nathan and Jonathan Collier.

Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels will star in Fox’s “The Exorcist” pilot, based on the book by William Blatty and the iconic horror movie. Herrera plays Father Tomas, a warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small church. Daniels plays Father Marcus, an intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public. The series follows the two very different men as they tackle one family’s demonic possession case.

Premieres Dates:

Catastrophe returns for its second season on April 8. The Amazon original series picks up with the now-married Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) trying to pick up the pieces and stay in love — with the added wrinkle of their child on the way. Their family and friends, including Rob’s mother played by “Star Wars'” Carrie Fisher, are hell-bent on making that as difficult as possible.


A. Smith & Co. Productions is teaming with pro wrestler Jeff Jarrett and his Global Force Wrestling org to develop a new wrestling series. The show, which has not yet landed at a network, aims to incorporate new production elements, a global pool of talent, and storylines that promise to bring viewers closer to their favorite wrestlers than ever before.

“Global Force Wrestling is a complete reinvention of the sport that will really resonate with viewers – we’re taking what fans are traditionally used to seeing and flipping it on its head,” said Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions. “All sports go through transitions, and wrestling is primed for its next evolution. We’re going to be adding a number of new features and elements that are going to completely change the entertainment level of the sport.”

“There are lots of companies that produce sports and lots of companies that produce entertainment, but no producer combines the worlds of sports and entertainment like A. Smith & Co.,” said Jarrett, president and CEO of Global Force Wrestling. “I can’t think of a better partner to collaborate and innovate with to take the sport that I love and have been part of for decades to new heights.”

Award Shows:

Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Cheddar Goldfish Crackers, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Shapes and Star Stable will sponsor the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards telecasts on both Disney Channel and Disney XD.

“The Radio Disney Music Awards provides opportunities to customize and associate key client’s brands at every engagement point an audience of kids and moms are spending their time: TV, online, digital, social and mobile,” said Rita Ferro, executive vice president of Disney Media Sales and Marketing.

Cheddar Goldfish Crackers are the presenting sponsor of the custom “RDMA Backstage Bash Sweepstakes” with a grand prize for a trip to the show in Los Angeles for a winner plus three guests who will get backstage access to the VIP lounge, and an addition 25 more first place winners who will receive a prize. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Shapes are sponsor of the “RDMA-zing Sweepstakes,” also providing one grand prize winner and three guests a trip to L.A. for the show where they’ll get access to the fan zone, plus the official RDMA after-party. Star Stable is sponsor of the “RDMA Be a Star” Sweepstakes, which will also provide a winner with a L.A. trip to attend the RDMAs and receive a Star Rider for life membership and 20,000 Star Coins to continue their star-studded adventures at home.

The award show takes place Saturday, April 30, at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A., and the two-hour show will air on Sunday, May 1.

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