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TV News Roundup: Teresa Giudice Returning to ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ for Season 7

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is returning this year — with Teresa Giudice — and Adan Canto has been cast in Keifer Sutherland’s “Designated Survivor,” plus more TV news from around the web.

Scheduling

Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is returning later this year, the network has announced, with Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and veteran “housewife” Jacqueline Laurita set to appear in Season 7.

The return will follow Teresa’s release from prison and her attempts to repair the relationships with her friends and family. Jacqueline will continue to help her autistic son and look to rekindle her close friendship with Teresa.

Casting

Adan Canto is co-starring alongside Keifer Sutherland in the ABC conspiracy thriller “Designated Survivor,” Deadline reports. Canto will play the deputy Chief of Staff who advises Sutherland’s character after a terrorist unexpectedly elevates him to the position of President of the United States. The Mexican-born actor joins a cast that includes Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone and Italia Ricci.

Riley Smith has been cast as the male lead in The CW’s drama pilot “Frequency,” Variety has learned. The series is based on the 2000 thriller directed by Toby Emmerich.

Smith will play Frank Sullivan, an undercover police detective. His job destroys his marriage and he loses contact with his little girl until she starts to talk to him from 20 years in the future through an old radio. Smith’s casting was first reported by Deadline.

Specials

Pivot will be airing a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” marathon on Valentine’s Day.

The event, called “I Heart Buffy,” will begin on the romantic holiday at 9 a.m. and will play for 13 hours. The marathon will chronicle the relationship of Buffy and Spike, from their meeting all the way up to planning their “big day,” with episodes focusing on the popular relationship.

Renewals

Nickelodeon has greenlit its reality sports competition series “Soccer Superstar” for a second season, the network announced Monday.

Hosted by three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts, the series follows a search across the U.S. for the best teen female soccer players.

“Hosting the first season of Soccer Superstar was an amazing experience, and I was so impressed with the determination and skills of this next generation of female soccer players,” said Mitts. “We’re raising the bar this season with technique challenges and exciting competitions that will have viewers at the edge of their seats as these girls’ abilities are put to the test.”

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