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TV News Roundup: ‘The Mindy Project’ Sets Midseason Premiere, ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Casts Slingshot

The Mindy Project” sets midseason premiere date, VH1 greenlights series “The Breaks,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” recruits a new comic book character and more in today’s news roundup…

Premiere Dates

Hulu has announced the return date of “The Mindy Project.”

The second half of Season 4 will debut on the streaming service on April 12, creator and star Mindy Kaling announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

MTV’s next season of “Real World” is on the way.

Real World: Go Big or Go Home” premieres March 17, MTV announced Tuesday. The season takes place in downtown Los Angeles, and the seven strangers will live together not knowing what the next day brings. The roommates will do everything from jumping out of a hot air balloon, to performing on stage at a strip club, to meeting the birth mom who put them up for adoption.

Casting

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” has cast Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena Rodriguez, aka comic book character Slingshot from the “Secret Warriors” series.

Elena is a tough, streetwise Colombian woman who gains Inhuman abilities. “We announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the Secret Warriors story will be coming to ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,’ and we’re pleased to say that will continue to play out in the second half of our season,” said executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. “Natalia embodies both the toughness and the warmth necessary for the role of Elena as we bring another piece of the team to the screen for the first time.”

Elsewhere, OWN’s “Queen Sugar” has cast four series regulars: Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe have joined the series from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

Lifford plays Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings. Whitfield is Remy Newell, a trusted friend who works on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist. Durrett portrays Davis West, a charismatic professional basketball player embroiled in a public scandal with his teammates, and Ashe plays Micah, the 15-year-old son of Davis and Charley Bordelon West (Dawn-Lyen Gardner).

Events 

Sam Heughan, star of Starz’s “Outlander,” will be the grand marshal in the 2016 New York Tartan Day Parade on April 9.

The Tartan Day Parade is the largest day of celebration of Scottish heritage and pride in the U.S. It is the highlight of celebrations which run from April 2-10. The Scottish actor joins list of alums that includes Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Cliff Roberson, Brian Cox and Heughan’s “Outlander” co-star Graham McTavish.

“As grand marshal of the New York Tartan Day Parade 2016, I am honored and proud to serve the city and its ancestral ties,” Heughan said. “I love the city, the people and the vibe. Please join me in toasting all who live and visit there with a whisky and a toast!”

Development

VH1’s original TV movie “The Breaks” has been greenlit as a series.

“The Breaks” is inspired by a book written by journalist Dan Charnas called “The Big Payback.” The story is a narrative history of the hip-hop business. The January telepic followed three young friends fulfilling their hip-hop dreams in New York in 1990.

“‘The Breaks’ is VH1 at its best, intersecting ’90s nostalgia with hip-hop for the masses,” said Chris McCarthy, general manager of VH1. “Both the viewers and critics have spoken, and we couldn’t be happier to continue telling the story that has already connected with millions of pop culture fans.” The series will premiere in late 2016.

Executive News

Former CBS head of comedy Wendi Trilling has launched a production company, Trill TV, and signed a pod deal with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

First reported by Deadline, Trilling will develop and produce comedy and drama projects for network and cable through Trill TV in association with Kapital. The pact comes from Trilling and Kaplan’s work on the development of “Adult Children.” The project marked Trilling’s first stint as a producer.

This is Kapital’s second pod deal.

In other news, Andy Parker has signed a multiyear overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. Parker will immediately begin work on two soon-to-be-announced projects, one for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and the other for an external network.

“Andy is one of the most talented writers in the business, and we’re delighted to have him join the UCP family,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive VP, development, at UCP. “His provocative and memorable characters and storylines resonate with viewers because they touch on the common struggle of finding one’s place in the world.”

“I’m thrilled to have found a home at UCP,” said Parker. “From day one, I’ve been impressed by their willingness to nurture and champion emerging voices.”

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