In today’s TV news roundup, Katey Sagal has joined new CBS comedy “Superior Donuts,” Anthony Anderson has been tapped to host a series on Animal Planet, and NBC’s “Hairspray Live” has rounded out its cast.
CBS announced that Katey Sagal has been cast as a guest star in the pilot “Superior Donuts.” Written and executive produced by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily, and based on the play by Tracy Letts, “Superior Donuts” follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur (Judd Hirsch), his new young employee (Jermaine Fowler) and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Sagal will portray Randy, a practical and apathetic police officer who’s “been on the force a long time.” She is expected to join the cast should the pilot continue as a series.
Broadway actors Ephraim Sykes (“Hamilton”) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (“School of Rock”) have been cast as Seaweed J. Stubbs and Little Inez, respectively, in NBC’s upcoming production of “Hairspray Live!” Sykes and Wright Joseph join newcomer Maddie Baillio, who stars as the musical’s protagonist Tracy Turnblad, as well as Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron and Garrett Clayton. The production will also include special guest appearances by Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, and Rosie O’Donnell. “Hairspray Live!” will air on NBC Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
Anthony Anderson will host a new series on Animal Planet titled “Animal Review,” a one-hour weekly comedy-variety series that will celebrate all the amazing ways animals have captivated our hearts, minds and funny bones. According to the series’ press release, Anderson will “curate and comment on the funniest, most-shocking and emotional moments out there.” The show will also feature celebrities, their pets and animal experts while engaging viewers in new and ongoing conversations about animals as they pertain to pop culture, politics and anything else people are buzzing about. “Animal Review” is scheduled to air on Animal Planet in 2017.
WE tv announced Wednesday that the series “Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars” will return to the network for a sixth season on Friday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. Season 6 will feature celebrity couples Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert (“Bachelor in Paradise”), Jim and Amber Marchese (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Karen Gravano and Storm (“Mob Wives”) Keke Wyatt and Michael Ford (“R&B Divas: Atlanta”) and “Boot Camp’s” first same-sex couple, Margeaux and Merika (“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”), who are all seeking to bring their relationships back to life. “Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars” is executive produced by Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, Erin Kelly and Leslie Greif.
Disney Channel‘s new series “Andi Mack” has officially begun production in Salt Lake City, Utah. Created and executive-produced by Terri Minsky (“Lizzie McGuire”), the show focuses on the journey of self-discovery for a 13-year-old girl who finds herself questioning everything she’s ever known after her older sister returns home unexpectedly. “Andi Mack” stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role, as well as Sofia Wylie (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Lilan Bowden (“Zombie Apocalypse”), Lauren Tom (“The Joy Luck Club”), Joshua Rush (“The Lion Guard”) and newcomer Asher Angel. The series is set to premiere in 2017. See a photo of the cast on set below.
Showtime announced that the company’s sports executive Chris DeBlasio has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, Sports Communications. DeBlasio, who joined Showtime Network in 2005, has guided the sports PR department as the cabler’s sports programming has evolved and expanded over the past 10 years. Additionally, he will continue to oversee the network’s sports media, talent and public relations, sports awards, live event production support and sports messaging.
Sarah Tomassi Lindman has been named Senior Vice President, Content Planning and Strategy for Freeform, as announced by Freeform president Tom Ascheim. Lindman will oversee the deployment of original series, acquired content, library series and tentpole events including “13 Night of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” In addition, Lindman will manage Freeform’s acquisition strategy.
Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a first-look deal for unscripted programming with filmmaker and producer Datari Turner, under his Datari Turner Productions banner.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be able to expand and continue the successful partnership Datari Turner Productions has had with Entertainment One,” said Turner. “John Morayniss, Tara [Long], and the eOne team have been a joy to work with and are amazing partners. Through our new deal, I look forward to being able to increase our slate of programming and to produce more ground breaking and captivating content.”
The deal builds upon the existing partnership between eOne and Turner, and will accelerate the co-development and production of further original premium content from the two parties, as stated in the merging’s official statement.