“Stranger Things” fan favorite Shannon Purser (Barb) joins the cast of the “Archie” comics-based TV show “Riverdale.” Also in today’s roundup, Netflix casts Marc Maron in its upcoming wrestling series “G.L.O.W.”


Rhiannon Giddens has been cast in a recurring role in Season 5 of “Nashville” on its new home of CMT. Giddens, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, will play Hanna Lee (Hallie) Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel.

Shannon Purser (Barb from the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”) has been cast as Ethel Muggs on The CW’s upcoming “Archie” comic adaptation “Riverdale.” Purser will appear in at least three episodes, EW reports, alongside Camila Mendes (Veronica) and Lili Reinhart (Betty). The series will premiere on The CW early 2017.

Marc Maron has entered the ring for Jenji Kohan‘s (“Orange Is the New Black”) new Netflix wrestling series “G.L.O.W.” Joining Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, Maron will portray Sam Sylvia, a washed-up Hollywood director. The 10-episode series has yet to secure a release date.

Teyana Taylor, the breakout star of Kanye West’s new “Fade” music video, which premiered on Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, will board two VH1 shows: The hip-hop drama “The Breaks” and the upcoming game show “Hip Hop Squares.”

Hulu announced that it has cast Havana Guppy in a recurring role on the upcoming  series “Shut Eye.” The psychic drama, which stars Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, and Isabella Rossellini, follows a scammer (Donovan) who develops clairvoyant abilities after receiving a blow to the head. Guppy will appear as a rebellious teenager growing up in a gypsy mafia family.

Alex Kalymnios (“Scott and Bailey”) will direct episodes of Starz‘s “The White Princess.” Kalymnios will direct three episodes — 4, 5, and 6 — of the new series. Additionally, Amy Manson (“Once Upon a Time”), Andrew Whipp (“Outlander”), and Andrew Whipp (“The OA”) have joined the cast. “The White Princess” is currently filming on-location in Bristol, U.K., and will premiere in 2017.


Marvel and ABC Studios‘ comedy series “New Warriors will feature the seldom-known heroine Squirrel Girl. According to TVLine, the half-hour television project is being shopped around both cable networks and streaming sites. Further information has yet to be revealed.

FYI has greenlit a new culinary competition series titled “Man vs. Master,” the network announced on Wednesday. The reality series will follow unknown chefs as they compete for an apprenticeship with a coveted celebrity chef — though they’ll have to beat the culinary master in a face-off first. FYI has ordered 13 hourlong episodes aimed for a 2017 release.


The Cartoon Network series “Mighty Magiswords” will premiere on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The show, which expands from a 15-second series from the CN Anything app, continues the adventures of sibling duo Prohyas and Vambre on their quests using “outrageously funny, and sometimes functional swords” called Magiswords. “Might Magiswords” will include guest stars Weird Al Yankovic, Jack McBrayer, Weird Al Yankovic, Jack McBrayer, and more.