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TV News Roundup: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Promotes Doc, ‘Project Runway All Stars’ Gets Premiere Date

“Grey’s Anatomy” has upped a MD to a regular player, and “Project Runway All Stars” is returning soon for Season 5, in today’s news roundup . . .

Casting News:

Intern Andrew will be sticking around Grey Sloan Memorial for a while. Giacomo Gianniotti has been upped to a series regular on Shonda Rhimes’ long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” Gianniotti, who promotion was first reported by THR, joined the show in the Season 11 finale. His character Andrew DeLuca is a member of the hospital’s new intern class. He has been the love interest of Dr. Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) this season.

Jeffrey Donovan has been cast as the lead of a Hulu original series, Shut Eye,” the streaming service announced Friday. The show follows Donovan’s character Charlie Haverford, a failed magician who oversees a number of fortune telling parlors in LA for a Romani kingpin. After a blow to the head, Haverford tries to break out on his own without making a wrong move, while struggling with visions that may or may not be real.

Premiere Dates:

“Project Runway All Stars” is returning to Lifetime with its fifth season on Feb. 11. Alyssa Milano, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will return as judges, but with a twist — for the first time, the competition will feature an “anonymous runway,” meaning the judges will not know which designer made which garment.

Development News

Juicy Couture is getting the TV treatment. Freeform (formerly ABC Family) is developing a half-hour comedy, titled “Made in L.A.,” about the formation of the fashion brand and its founders, hailing from “Gossip Girl” production house Fake Empire and Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farms Productions. The potential series, first reported by Deadline, is based on “The Glitter Plan,” the book about Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor. Sascha Rothchild will pen the book adaptation about how the two ladiies began their global brand on just $200.

Ratings:

CNN’s special “Guns in America: Obama Town Hall” was a ratings win on Thursday, winning its time period among cable news networks in the key news demo. According to Nielsen estimates, the special edition of “AC360” hosted by Anderson Cooper averaged 845,000 adults 25-54 from 8-9:15 p.m., topping the combined tune-in of Fox News Channel (463,000) and MSNBC (227,000). The special was especially dominant among the youngest of adults, with its 277,000 adults 18-34 more than double the combined averages for FNC (73,000) and MSNBC (40,000). Fox News won the time period in total viewers (3.03 million), but CNN (2.39 million) was much closer than usual for a weeknight.

First Look:

Shawn Mendes will guest star on the CW’sThe 100 on the Jan. 21 episode. The singer/songwriter’s guest spot marks his acting debut.

Watch a teaser of Mendes in “The 100” below:

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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