Adam Arkin will guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” plus, TV Land sets premiere dates for two of its returning comedies, “Empire” will soon have its own line of dolls, and more. . .
Adam Arkin will guest star on “The Carmichael Show” as Grant North, Maxine’s (Amber Stevens West) reserved, high-achieving father. In the upcoming episode, Grant will be in town for Maxine’s graduation.
In addition to a recent guest appearance on the Season 2 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder,” the Emmy-nominated actor has held notable roles on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Law & Order,” “The West Wing” and “Frasier.” Also a director, his credits include episodes of ” Sons of Anarchy,” “The Blacklist,” “The Americans” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
“The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Impastor” will both return to TV Land in June — “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on June 19 and “Impastor” on June 26.
Season 2 of “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” which appropriately debuts on Father’s Day, will feature a star-studded slate of guest stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Zachary Quinto, Alec Baldwin, Raven Symone and Macaulay Culkin, among others. Starring Gaffigan and Ashley Williams, the series follows a New York couple as they navigate parenthood.
The return of the Michael Rosenbaum-starring comedy “Impastor” will pick up from the cliffhanger that concluded Season 1.
Showtime has set an April 29 premiere date for “Drew.” The sports doc explores the history and significance of the Drew League, a pro-am summer basketball league. Established in south central LA, the league also serves as a family-driven safe place for the community. The film was produced by NBA all-star Baron Davis.
Tonner-One World has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to create a collection of “Empire“-inspired dolls. The doll company will re-imagine Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyons and Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon into stylish figurines. The release of the dolls, which is set for sometime this fall, will coincide with the hip hop drama’s third season.
Gwen Stefani will be presented with the Hero Award at the 2016 Radio Music Awards, which will air May 1 on the Disney Channel. The Grammy-winning songstress and former “The Voice” judge is being honored for her resounding positive influence on fans. The awards event will also feature a performance by “The Voice” Season 9 winner Jordan Smith.
To commemorate Mother’s Day, VH1 will present “Dear Mama,” a one-hour TV special that will feature stars like Jaden and Willow Smith, Anthony Anderson and Queen Latifah paying tribute to their moms. Produced by Flavor Unit and Jesse Collins Entertainment, the special will air May 8.
Starz has tapped playwright and “How to Get Away With Murder” writer-producer Tanya Saracho as the showrunner for “Pour Vida.” Based on a short story by Richard Villegas, Jr., the series, which is still in development, will follow a pair of sisters who inherit an east LA building from their deceased mother and decide to transform it into a wine and tapas bar.
Emmy-winning producer and MGM exec Mark Burnett has established The Mark Burnett Endowed Chair in honor of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Director Of the Summer production program. Open to high school and college students around the world, the program offers over 30 courses each year. The program’s director, David Weitzner, will serve as the endowment’s chairholder.
Standing at a towering 18 feet, the world’s largest Emmy statuette will relocate to the Television Academy’s North Hollywood campus on April 15. Beginning Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., the bronzed, 1.750-pound replica will be secured onto a flatbed to make the trek from east LA to its new home via California’s Highway 101.