TV News Roundup: Neil Patrick Harris in Talks to Star in Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series & More

Neil Patrick Harris has a big new gig, “Code Black” has a new cast member, “Live with Kelly and Michael” score in ratings, and Disney Channel has a new series premiering, in today’s TV news roundup . . .

Casting News:

Neil Patrick Harris is reportedly in talks to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

The “How I Met Your Mother” alum would play the evil uncle Count Olaf. The Lemony Snicket tale follows three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who face trials and tribulations at the hands of the Count Olaf, as they seek to discover the secret of their parents’ death. In the 2004 Paramount film, which starred Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey played the role of the uncle, which would be played by Harris.

In other Lemony Snicket news, The Hollywood Reporter also reports that showrunner Mark Hudis has exited the straight-to-series drama, which has author Daniel Handler (whose pen name is Lemony Snicket) attached as an exec producer. A showrunner replacement has yet to be named, and Netflix declined to comment.

Boris Kodjoe has been cast in a recurring role on CBS’s medical drama “Code Black.” Kodjoe will play Dr. Will Campbell, who’s described as a suave surgeon whose surgical skills and personal charm are outweighed by his ego. Through his time on the show, tension between his character and Raza Jaffrey’s Dr. Neal Hudson come up as they compete to prove who is the better surgeon.


Disney’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” closed 2015 on a ratings high, logging its highest-rated week of the season during the Dec. 28-Jan. 1 frame.

Nielsen estimates that “Live” averaged a 1.8 rating in the key demo of women 25-54, the show’s top score since last February and the highest number for any syndicated talkshow this season. Its 3.4 rating in households, a 10% jump week to week, was also the show’s best since February.

Key to the big week was “LIVE’s Viewers’ Choice End of the Year Show” on Dec. 29. It pulled a 3.6 household rating, a 2.0 in women 25-54 and 4.95 million total viewers — season highs in all categories.

Premiere Dates:

The Disney Channel will debut its new series Stuck in the Middle” on Feb. 14, following the network’s TV premiere of “Frozen.” In the Latino family comedy, “Jane the Virgin’s” Jenna Ortega stars as Harley Diaz, the middle child in a family of nine who uses her wit and inventions to help navigate her life. The Feb. 14 debut serves as a preview episode, as “Stuck in the Middle” will enter its regular Friday 9 p.m. time slot on March 11.

Here’s a first look at “Stuck in the Middle”

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE - Disney Channel's "Stuck in the Middle" stars Joe Nieves as Tom Diaz, Isaak Presley as Ethan Diaz, Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne Diaz, Jenna Ortega as Harley Diaz, Cerina Vincent as Suzy Diaz, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie Diaz, Nicolas Bechtel as Lewie Diaz, Malachi Barton as Beast Diaz and Ronni Hawk as Rachel Diaz. (Disney Channel/Craig Sjodin)

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