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TV News Roundup: Jason O’Mara Joins ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,’ Anne Hathaway Heads to IFC

Jason O’Mara is heading to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and a slew of stars will appear on IFC’s “Documentary Now!” Also in today’s news roundup, Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” gets a Season 2 premiere date.

CASTING

Jason O’Mara has joined the cast of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’ll be playing a character whose roots go back to the 1940s on the fourth season of the ABC series (Sept. 20, 10 p.m.)

“Bringing Jason into the mix as the New Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. forces everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the Agency,” said Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb. “Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.”

O’Mara is repped by UTA/ and Independent Talent in UK.

IFC has announced that Anne Hathaway, Mia Farrow, Peter Bogdanovich and Peter Fonda will appear on Season 2 of “Documentary Now!” Hathaway, Farrow, Bogdanovich and Fonda will join Fred Armisen and Bill Hader for the two-part episode “Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid,” which pays homage to the Robert Evans documentary profile “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” Season 2 of “Documentary Now!” premieres Sept. 14 at 10 p.m.

Fox News Channel has hired “American Wife” author and military veteran family activist Taya Kyle as a contributor to provide military and family commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming. Kyle is the wife of late United States Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and is the founder of  Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF), which was established to honor the life and legacy of her late husband and helps to empower the families and marriages of military service members and first responders.

DATES

Ash vs. Evil Dead and Blunt Talkwill premiere on Oct. 2 on Starz. The premiere dates were announced this weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Ash vs. Evil Dead” will pick up with Ash going back to his hometown of Elk Grove where he teams up with a former enemy. “Blunt Talk” will focus on Walter Blunt delving into his past and running into a former flame.

Pop‘s scripted, culture-commentary comedy series “Nightcap” will premiere Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Each episode is satirical look at the late-night landscape set behind-the-scenes of a fictitious show “Nightcap with Jimmy” where every week, A-list celebrities stop by as they would on any real-life talk show. The season will feature Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Rudd, Kelly Ripa, Debra Messing, Whoopi Goldberg, George Stephanopoulos, Denis Leary, Michael J. Fox, Mario Batali, Wendy Williams, Nate Berkus, Jason Biggs, Andy Cohen, Mark Cuban, Mark Consuelos, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, GiGi Gorgeous, Tim Gunn, Mariska Hargitay, Stephanie March, Jim Norton, Rosie Perez, Joel Schumacher and Beth Stern.

BBC America has announced that UK hit series “Dragon’s Den” will air on the network. The series features entrepeneurs pitching to the Dragons, venture capitalists willing to invest in their money in exchange for equity. Joining business giants Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones are Fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman, serial restauranteur Sarah Willingham and online pioneer Nick Jenkins as Dragons. The season will premiere Aug. 3 at 9 p.m.

 

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