TV News Roundup: ‘Hollywood Today Live’ Renewed, Garcelle Beauvais Named Co-Host

Daytime entertainment show “Hollywood Today Live” has been picked up for a second season, and HBO’s Kerry Washington film “Confirmation” will premiere this April. Plus, more in today’s TV news roundup . . .

Renewals:

Daily syndicated entertainment show “Hollywood Today Live” has been renewed for a second season by Fox TV stations and Media General.

The show has also officially named frequent contributor Garcelle Beauvais as a co-host of the show, which is also hosted by Ross Mathews, Kristen Brockman, Tanner Thomason, plus red carpet correspondent Amanda Salas.

“’Hollywood Today Live’ is having a successful first season and we are thrilled to partner with FOX Television Stations to continue delivering this unique and engaging show to more than 50 million viewers coast-to-coast,” said Tony Optican, head of programming for Media General. “The show continues to evolve including the recent addition of Garcelle joining our on-air team. Not only does she have great chemistry, but she brings a unique perspective to the show as a single working mom with two young children.”

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Media General on Hollywood Today Live. The show is energetic and relevant, and fits well with our lineup,” said Stephen Brown, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, FOX Television Stations.

Premiere Dates:

Confirmation will premiere April 16 at 8 p.m. on HBO. The television film chronicles the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, revolving around Anita Hill, who is played by Kerry Washington. Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Eric Stonestreet and Jennifer Hudson also star.

Casting:

Pivot’s arctic thriller “Fortitude” has added cast members Dennis QuaidParminder NagraMichelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan and Ken Stott who will all join the drama for Season 2. The Participant Media network made the casting announcement on Tuesday.

Pilot News:

Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) has been tapped to direct the pilot of The Exorcist at Fox, Variety has learned. The potential TV series is described as a modern twist on William Blatty’s 1971 novel, which inspired the infamous 1973 horror movie of the same name.

Development News:

Roma Downey and LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM, have acquired the TV rights Karen Kingsbury’s book series “The Baxter Family.”

“Working with Roma Downey to see the Baxter Family become a TV series is the most exciting thing to happen in my entire career,” said Karen Kingsbury. “I couldn’t be more thrilled. Roma’s heart is engaged in this project because she is a reader. In her capable and talented hands, we all believe the Baxter Family will become a longstanding beloved series that will run for many years to come. My 25 million readers have been begging to see the Baxter Family on TV, and now their dreams will come true.”

“At LightWorkers, we are always looking for uplifting projects and because I am such a fan of the series, it makes so much sense to bring our two brands together. In partnership with Karen, we want to bring this beloved family drama to the small screen so families can enjoy it together,” said Downey, president of LightWorkers Media.

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