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TV News Roundup: Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in Netflix Drama Series; Katey Sagal Cast in CBS Comedy Pilot

Adam Pally will star in a time-travel comedy from “The Last Man on Earth” creators; CW’s “Riverdale” finds its Archie; and “The Big Bang Theory” gets a street named after it. That and more in today’s roundup…

Casting

“Arrested Development” alum Jason Bateman is heading back to Netflix as star and director of the drama series “Ozark,” produced with Media Rights Capital. The series revolves around a family in Missouri involved in drug-money laundering, according to Deadline. Bill Dubuque created the series and exec produces with Bateman and Mark Williams. Chris Mundy is on board as showrunner.

Katey Sagal is returning to comedy, starring in an untitled CBS pilot based on Australian format “Upper Middle Bogan.” The comedy centers on a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag racers. Sagal plays Julie, wife and matriarch of the family who is also lead driver of Team Wheeler.

“Happy Endings” alum Adam Pally has been tapped to star in Fox time-travel comedy pilot “Making History.” Pally plays Dan, a nerdy computer-science professor. Dan is unliked by people in the present but uses stolen music, movie lines and popular culture to achieve success in the past, where he is well liked and interesting. The show is written by “The Grinder’s” Julius “Goldie” Sharpe and exec produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. In the show, three unlikely friends discover a way to travel through time, which leads to complications as their personal lives collide with great moments of the past.

Riverdale” has cast New Zealand-born KJ Apa as Archie Andrews in the CW show from executive producer Greg Berlanti. Apa’s Archie is a conflicted teen who is beginning to juggle the interest of several girls while balancing a love of writing and performing music. The CW show also cast Ashleigh Murray as Josie, of Josie and the Pussycats fame. Josie is gorgeous, snooty and ambitious. She has no interest in working musically with Archie. Deadline first reported the news.

Vincent Kartheiser has joined the cast of Hulu series “Casual” as a guest star for season two. Kartheiser plays Jordan, the head of a venture capital firm who comes in to work with Alex. Jordan seems like a great businessman until Alex realizes that he is dating one of his old girlfriends.

Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner will guest star on “Empire.” He will play Leslie “Shyne” Johnson, who is described as “100% wolf and 100% gangster.” Although he’s started record imprints, Shyne’s bread and butter is drugs, guns and extortion, and he carries a chip on his shoulder. “Empire” returns to Fox on March 30.

Premieres

Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong” returns to OWN with new episodes March 15. Tensions will be at an all-time high when the season begins as the friends and neighbors are now turned enemies following the birth of a baby proven to be the product of an affair.

AT&T Audience Network is bringing back “Rogue” for new episodes beginning March 23. Set in Chicago, “Rogue” delves into the dangerous world of the Russian mafia and government espionage. After getting his life back together, Ethan Kelly (Cole Hauser) opens up a legit security company whose first assignment is to find the missing Mia Rochlan (Ashley Greene).

Executives

BET Networks has appointed Ken Gibbs as VP of social media marketing strategy. Gibbs will lead a team focused on strategically expanding the footprint of BET and Centric’s social-media platforms to influence and drive tune-in. “Ken Gibbs has distinguished himself as a passionate, intelligent, innovative member of BET Networks. We all look forward to BET Networks reaching new social heights under his leadership,” said Eddie Hill, BET senior VP of consumer marketing & brand strategy.

Event News

The City of Pasadena is helping The Big Bang Theory celebrate its 200th episode by setting up an honorary street sign. The sign, which reads “Big Bang Theory Alley,” will be installed near City Hall.

“The City of Pasadena is proud of its comedic and scientific association with ‘The Big Bang Theory,'” Pasadena Councilmember Andy Wilson said. “Pasadena was already known throughout the world for having the foremost astronomers, chemists and scientific thinkers who do very serious work here, but thanks to ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ being smart in Pasadena is now fun too.”

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