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TV News Roundup: ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Casts Young Heat Wave, Shark Week Sets Premiere Date

Discovery sets a premiere date for Shark Week 2016, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” casts a younger version of Heat Wave and more in today’s news roundup.

CASTING: 

CW superhero series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” has cast “Horns” actor Mitchell Kummen in a red-hot guest role, Variety has learned exclusively. The 16-year-old thesp will play the younger version of Dominic Purcell’s Mick Rory (aka Heat Wave), a confused teenager whose love of fire becomes lethal. Kummen will appear in the April 21 episode of the freshman drama, titled “Last Refuge,” directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Chris Fedak & Matthew Maala. “Legends” is a spinoff of CW hits “Arrow” and “The Flash,” and was recently renewed for a second season.

“Penny Dreadful’s” Samuel Barnett has been cast as the titular character in BBC America‘s comedy-thriller series “Dirk Gently.”  The actor will play a psychic, eccentric detective who embarks on a bizarre, obstacle-ridden journey with his trusty assistant to solve a mystery.  The detective’s assistant, as previously announced, will be played by Elijah Wood.  The series, which was written by Max Landis, is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ popular comic novels “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”

RENEWALS:

Spike has renewed its tattoo competition series “Ink Master” for a ninth season, which will consist of 15 one-hour episodes.  Each week the competition focuses on a different style of tattoo artistry, putting contestants through various challenges to test their creativity and technical skills. Currently in its seventh season, “Ink Master” is ranked No. 2 on cable for adults ages 18-49, and its Tuesday night episodes rake in an average of 1.8 million viewers.

SCHEDULING:

TNT has announced summer premiere dates for its returning series; the final season of “Rizzoli and Isles” will premiere June 6 at 9 p.m.; Season 3 of “The Last Ship” debuts June 12 at 9 p.m.; “Major Crimes” returns for Season 5 on June 13 at 10 p.m.; and “Murder in the First” Season 3 premieres June 19 at 10 p.m. on the cabler.

Discovery’s Shark Week will take a bite out of summer when it kicks off on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m., continuing through Sunday, July 3. Watch a promo below.

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