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TV News Roundup: ‘Outlander’ Gets Free Season 1 Preview

In anticipation of the season 2 premiere of “Outlander,” Starz is offering free access to the show’s first season. Also in today’s roundup, E! announced a “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” spinoff series.

SNEAK PEEK:

Starz will offer a free preview of Outlander Season 1 via multiple television and online platforms, including Starz.com, select cable affiliates and more, ahead of the April 9 premiere of the historical drama’s second season. Fans will have access to all 16 episodes of first installment in series. The free sampling will be available through April 10.

SERIES ORDERS:

VH1 will air a one-hour “Hit the Floor” summer special. Picking up from the surprise, center-court proposal that concluded Season 3, the special will document the ups and downs of Derek and Ahsha’s wedding-planning process, the aftermath of Jelena’s shooting and a potentially life-changing obstacle in Zero and Jude’s relationship.

PREMIERE DATES:

AMC has set May 31 as the premiere date for “Feed the Beast,” the drama starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess as best friends who open a New York City restaurant. The series, from “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie” alum Clyde Phillips, is part of AMC’s expansion to a fourth night of original programming and will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. “Beast” will follow the six-week Tuesday run of British spy drama “The Night Manager,” which bows April 19.

On June 19, E! will premiere “EJ and the City,” a six-part spinoff of its reality series “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.”  The series will center on the jet-setting escapades of “Rich Kids” alum E.J. Johnson–the son of basketball legend Magic Johnson– and his glam squad, which happens to include LL Cool J’s daughter. After the series’ Sunday night premiere, which will immediately follow the Season 4 finale of “Rich Kids,” the show will move to its regular Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot starting June 23.

CASTING NEWS:

Anne-Marie Johnson will guest star in the “Major Crimes” Season 5 premiere, Variety has learned. She will play the character of Jane Wolf, an activist for the homeless whose shelter becomes the focal point of an investigation as the last known location of a missing teenage girl.

Johnson’s recent credits include “Murder In The First,” “Chasing Life” and “Pretty Little Liars.” She is represented by manager Chris Black at Opus Entertainment and Steven Neibert at Imperium 7 Talent Agency.

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