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TV News Roundup: Seth Rogen Adapting ‘The Boys’ Comic for Cinemax; Brad Garrett Joins ‘Law & Order: SVU’

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“The Boys” comic books could be coming to television with a new show on Cinemax. Also in today’s news roundup, Melissa McCarthy is being honored with a very funny award at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend.

DEVELOPMENT:

Seth Rogen is bringing another comic book series to television.

Joining his upcoming AMC series “Preacher,” Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg are developing “The Boys” for Cinemax, Variety has confirmed. Like “Preacher,” this dark comic book was also written by Garth Ennis.

Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct and will serve as exec producers on the project through their Point Grey banner, along with their company’s James Weaver, Original Film’s Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Ori Marmur, plus Ken Levin and Kickstart’s Jason Netter. “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke will pen the TV adaptation and in addition to writing, will also exec produce. Sony TV is producing.

Ennis will serve as a co-exec producer on the potential series, along with Darick Robertson who illustrated the comics.

“The Boys,” whose Cinemax development was first reported by Deadline, is set in a time where most of the superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. The series will center around a CIA squad, known as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them.

CASTING:

Emmy-winning actor and “Everybody Loves Raymond” favorite Brad Garrett will guest star on the “Law & Order: SVU” season finale.  Appearing in both segments of the two-part finale,  Garrett will plays a reputable corrections officer who masks a dark, violent history. The actor most recently starred as mafia affiliate Joe Bulo in FX’s acclaimed crime-drama “Fargo.”

Bella Heathcoate has been cast as a series regular in the second season of Amazon‘s historical sci-fi drama “The Man in the High Castle.”  The actress will play Nicole Becker, a young filmmaker who becomes acquainted with Luke Kleintank’s Joe Blake. Based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name, the series is set in an alternative reality in which Germany and Japan were the victors of World War II and now occupy the U.S.

USA Network has rounded out the cast for its crime thriller “Eyewitness” with Warren Christie.  The “Chicago Fire” actor will star as Ryan Kane, a violent man who’s desperate to cover his tracks after committing a series of murders.  The series, which is based on the Norwegian series “Øyevitne,” also stars Julianne Nicholson, James Paxton, Tyler Young and Gil Bellows.

AWARDS:

Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the Comedic Genius Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart on April 10.  The “Boss” actress’ past MTV Movie Awards honors include “Best Comedic Performance” and “Best WTF Moment” for her performance in the 2011 hit comedy “Bridesmaids.”

Sonia Manzano, best known for her performance as Maria on “Sesame Street,” will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1.

“Sonia not only brought the life events of marriage, having a baby, and being a mother to viewers young and old, she also brought a seldom-seen diversity, a Latin role-model, unlike anything on television at the time,” said NATAS president  Bob Mauro.  Previous recipients of the NATAS honor include Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Bob Barker and Dick Clark.

DEALS:

Lena Dunham and fellow “Girls” executive producer Jenni Konner have partnered with Random House for a new publishing imprint, titled Lenny, which takes its name from the duo’s newsletter and web site. Random House previously published Dunham’s bestselling book, “Not That Kind of Girl.”

“The imprint will be a home for the kinds of exciting, emerging voices — in fiction and non-fiction — that Lena and Jenni Konner are already attracting and publishing so successfully in their newsletter and on their site,” said Random House editor in chief Andy Ward in a release. “Working with Lena, Jenni and the editors of Lenny, we plan to publish a select number of titles each year to build a varied, compelling, and voice-driven list.”

PREMIERE DATES:

Botched,” E!‘s cosmetic surgery-gone-wrong reality series, will return to TV on May 10.  Season 3 will feature plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif coming to the rescue of patients who have suffered from botched plastic surgery procedures.  This season’s bizarre surgeries will include earlobe reconstruction, an alien transformation and reversing cement facial injections.

RENEWALS:

“Grantchester” will return to ITV for a third season, it was announced Wednesday.  Based on James Runcie’s “The Grantchester Mysteries,” the mystery series stars James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie and Tessa Peake-Jones.