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TV News Roundup: Martin Sheen Producing O.J. Simpson Docuseries ‘O.J. Is Innocent’ & More

Investigation Discovery will attempt to prove O.J. Simpson’s innocence through a six-part miniseries from exec producer Martin Sheen. Also in today’s TV news round-up, Netflix has revealed character descriptions for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Season 2 guest stars. . .

GREENLIGHTS:

Investigation Discovery has picked up a six-part docu-series about the O.J. Simpson trial from exec producer Martin Sheen, titled “Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent,” Variety has confirmed. The true-crime series will reinvestigate the infamous case, calling upon new evidence in an attempt to prove Simpson’s innocence of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders. Sheen will narrate the series, first reported by THR, which is set to premiere in early 2017.

CASTING NEWS:

Even more guest stars are coming to Season 2 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which premieres on April 15. Netflix released the character descriptions on Wednesday…

Fred Armisen will play Bobby, a former flame of Lillian’s (Carol Kane);

Anna Camp will play Deirdre Robespierre, a Princeton-educated trophy wife, New York socialite and rival to Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski);

Amy Sedaris will return as Mimi Kanassis, one of Jacqueline’s society friends;

Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit will play hipster couple Sue and Bob Thompstein;

Jeff Goldblum will play Dr. Dave, a talk-show host who takes an interest in the story of the Mole Women;

David Cross will play Russ Snyder, an attorney for the Jewish Art Reclamation Project;

Tina Fey will play therapist Andrea Bayden.

RENEWALS:

Cartoon Network has renewedSteven Universe” and “Uncle Grandpa” for fifth seasons. “Steven Universe,” which was created by “Adventure Time’s” Rebecca Sugar, shares the adventures of three magical beings who have appointed themselves guardians of humanity, while Pete Browngardt’s “Uncle Grandpa” follows a character who uses his imagination to help others. Both series will join the animated network’s previously announced returning shows “Adventure Time,” “Clarence,” “The Amazing World of Gumball” and “Regular Show.”

TV SPECIALS:

Showtime will present comedian W. Kamau Bell’s first solo stand-up special, “W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro,” on April 29. Hailing from director Morgan Spurlock (“Supersize Me”), the program will feature Bell expressing his thoughts on such social and political issues as gentrification, marriage equality and biracial children.

EXECUTIVE NEWS:

Sonar Entertainment has tapped David Ellender as president, global distribution and co-productions. In his new post, Ellender will oversee the company’s worldwide program sales as well as its growing impact in Europe, Latin America, Asia and other regions. The exec comes to the production company from a CEO post at Slingshot Global Media, an indie TV studio he launched in 2014. He’s also held executive positions at Fremantlemedia Enterprises and Polygram Filmed Entertainment, along with a senior role at Universal Studios Television Distribution.

Disney/ABC Television Group has appointed Elizabeth Sloan as SVP, consumer insights, for ABC Entertainment, ABC Studios and ABC News. Sloan is formerly an ABC research exec; her new post will involve leadership of consumer insights, research and analytics functions across all aforementioned divisions of the group. Jane Gould has been named SVP, consumer insights, for Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Freeform, overseeing all consumer insights-related tasks for the group’s four cable networks.

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