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TV News Roundup: MTV’s ‘Faking It’ Cancelled After 3 Seasons, ‘Supernatural’ Gets New Showrunners

MTV’s scripted, socially-progressive comedy “Faking It” will conclude after three seasons. Plus, “Supernatural” has promoted two new showrunners, and a “Good Wife” actress is cast in the IFC comedy “Brockmire” from Funny or Die.

CANCELLATION:

MTV‘s “Faking It” will end after Season 3, Variety has confirmed.

The scripted comedy’s third season finale, set to air on May 17, will now double as the series finale. “Faking It” starred Rita Volk and Katie Stevens as two teenagers who rise to high school stardom after being mistook for a lesbian couple. Gregg Sulkin, Bailey De Young and Michael J. Willett also starred.

The series, created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, explored various social topics throughout its three-season run, adopting various LGBT-related themes and covering subjects like sexual identity and intersexism.

EXECUTIVES:

Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver will step down following Season 11 to oversee his newly picked up CW drama series “Frequency,” Variety has confirmed. “Supernatural” mainstays Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer will take over showrunning duties on the veteran genre show in Season 12. Singer has been with the series since Season 1 as an executive producer and director, while Dabb joined the show in Season 4, beginning as a writer and story editor before being promoted to co-executive producer. News of Carver’s departure was first reported by Variety sister site TVLine.

CASTING:

Amanda Peet (“Togetherness,” “The Good Wife”) has joined the cast of IFC’s half-hour Funny or Die comedy “Brockmire.” The actress will play Jules, the headstrong owner of a struggling small-town minor league baseball team. Hank Azaria will star as titular character Jim Brockmire in the comedy, which will premiere in 2017.

Celebrity guests on the upcoming season of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” NBC’s adventure series, will include Courteney Cox, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Jonas and Lindsey Vonn. The show follows survivalist Bear Grylls as he leads various celebrities through one-on-one, 48-hour wilderness adventures around the world.

DEALS:

Warner Bros. has inked seven local production deals for the hit comedy-variety series “Little Big Shots.” Local versions of the series will air in Germany, Belgium, Greece, the Middle East, Thailand, Philippines and Colombia, with a projection of over 100 episodes to be produced worldwide. “Little Big Shots” premiered in the U.S. earlier this spring on NBC, averaging nearly 13 million weekly viewers. Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, who also hosted the program, served as exec producers on the series.

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