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TV News Roundup: Patrick Warburton Is Lemony Snicket; ‘Training Day’ Casts Co-Lead

Patrick Warburton cast as Lemony Snicket, the “Training Day” pilot finds its lead and more in today’s news roundup.


Patrick Warburton will star as narrator Lemony Snicket in the Netflix adaptation of “Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events,” Variety has confirmed.

Warburton will join Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes in the eight-episode series recounting the tales of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. The kids have to contend with their villainous uncle Count Olaf while they work to solve the secret of their parents’ deaths.

In other streaming news, Warburton is also expected to be an executive producer on Amazon’s “Tick” revival. He starred as the titular hero in Fox’s 2001 version of the show.

Justin Cornwall will be the co-lead in CBS drama pilot Training Day,” based on the film. Deadline reports Cornwell will play Kyle Craig, a police officer appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD and partnered opposite the morally ambiguous Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton). His character is tasked with going undercover to take down Paxton’s rouge cop.

Chad Michael Murray has been cast as rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips in the upcoming CMT drama “Million Dollar Quartet,” Variety has learned. The series is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous days of the civil rights movement and traces the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. The show previously cast Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley; Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash; Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis; and Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart.\

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Fox has added Ivy Levan to its cast. Levan will play Usherette in the two-hour musical event. She joins previously cast stars Laverne Cox, Ryan McCartan, Adam Lambert, Reeve Carney, Staz Nair, Annaleigh Ashford, Christina Milian, Ben Vereen and Tim Curry.


Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes will serve as director and executive producer for Spike’s “Red Mars.” Yaitanes’ resume includes stints on “Lost,” “Damages,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan,” “Heroes,” “House” and “Banshee.” “Red Mars” is based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy,” which chronicle man’s colonization and transformation of the red planet.


Disney has upped two executives. Jonas Agin has been promoted to vice president of original series at Disney Channel and Disney XD, and Lauren Kisilevsky to vice president of original movies at Disney Channel.

Agin will oversee creative development of live-action television for Disney Channel and Disney XD. He was most recently executive director of original series at Disney XD.

“Jonas has proven his ability to develop material that connects with our audience, and his taste for innovative kid and family programming is invaluable to our growth,” said Adam Bonnett, Disney Channels Worldwide executive VP of original programming . “He has strong relationships with some of the best writers, directors and producers, and he knows how to develop programming that makes kids laugh and move them emotionally.”

Kisilevsky’s responsibilities will include script development, generating new projects, collaborating with writers and directors and overseeing storytelling throughout production.

“Lauren is an incredibly talented executive, and her years of expertise in feature film development has helped tremendously in pushing our movies to the next level,” said Naketha Mattocks, Disney Channels Worldwide VP of original movies. “She excels at creative storytelling and has a deep understanding of our audience and the themes that matter most to them, which shines through in every project she works on.”

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