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TV News Roundup: ‘Parenthood’ Reunion on Netflix’s ‘Gilmore Girls,’ Amazon Casts ‘The Tick’ for Reboot

Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival will stage a “Parenthood” reunion with Mae Whitman set to make an appearance. Also in today’s TV news round-up, an actor from “The People vO.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” has been cast in a comedy pilot . . .

CASTING NEWS:

Mae Whitman will appear in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls” revival, marking a “Parenthood” reunion between the actress and her former TV mom Lauren Graham, Variety has confirmed.

Though details on Whitman’s cameo appearance are being kept under wraps, TVLine, which first broke the news, reports she will share a “really fun (albeit small) moment with Graham” that will please “Parenthood” fans. Speaking of fans, Whitman has previously made her “Gilmore Girls” obsession public with social-media posts.

The four-part “Gilmore Girls” reboot is bringing back most all of the original cast including Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Scott Patterson (Luke), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Jared Padalecki (Dean), Milo Ventimiglia (Jess)Matt Czuchry (Logan), David Sutcliffe (Christopher), Liza Weil (Paris), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Keiko Agena (Lane), Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Vanessa Marano (April). “Gilmore Girls” newbie Sutton Foster (“Younger”) will play a new character.

British actor Peter Serafinowicz has been cast as the titular character in Amazon’s new take on “The Tick,” based on the comics created by Ben Edlund, according to Deadline.

Edlund will write and executive produce the latest iteration of the character, with Wally Pfister directing the pilot. The comedic hero was previously played by Patrick Warburton in the shortlived but critically beloved live action series that aired in 2001, and voiced by Townsend Coleman in the animated series that ran from 1994-1996. In the Amazon pilot, The Tick is suffering from memory loss and reteams with his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) to fight evil.

Angel Parker, who can currently be seen in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has booked a recurring role in NBC’s comedy pilot The Trail,” which stars John Lithgow, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The Trail” follows the arrest and murder trial of a beloved poetry professor, Larry Henderson (Lithgow), from a small Southern town who is accused of murdering his wife, and the young “Northeastern” lawyer and team hired to defend him. Parker will play Heidi Baker, a local Carolina newscaster who’s following the Larry Henderson murder case and reports on many of the case’s unexpected twists and turns.

The pilot also stars “The View” alum Sherri Shepherd, Nicholas D’Agosto, Jayma Mays, Krysta Rodriguez and Steven Boyer. The comedy follows the arrest and murder trial of a beloved poetry professor from a small Southern town, and the young “Northeastern” lawyer and team hired to defend him.

Parker is currently portraying “Dream Team” attorney Shawn Chapman on FX’s “People v. O.J. Simpson.” Her other credits include Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.” She is repped by Prestige Talent Agency and Joel Stevens Entertainment.

USA Network’s “Eyewitness” has cast James Paxton and Gil Bellows as series regulars. Tattiawna Jones and Matt Murray have also been cast as recurring guest stars in the thriller that stars the previously announced Julianne Nicholson and Tyler Young. The series, which explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses, is adapted from Norwegian drama “Øyevitne.” Adi Hasak is writer and exec producer, along with EPs Jarl Emsell Larsen, Scott Peters and “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke, who will direct the first two episodes.

INDUSTRY INTEL:

The submissions website for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards is now online, the Television Academy announced today. Earlier this month, the TV Academy announced a group of Emmy Awards rules changes that expanded short form categories and increased nominations for directing and writing in both drama and comedy series for this year’s Emmy competition. May 2 marks the deadline for all entries this year, with nomination voting taking place June 13-27. Emmy nominees will be announced on July 14, with final voting being held Aug. 15-29. This year’s Emmy telecast will air Sunday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

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