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TV News Roundup: ‘The Walking Dead’ Promotes Four Series Regulars, Kevin Smith Show Gets Comic-Con Special

The Walking Dead” has added four series regulars to its roster, AMC will premiere Kevin Smith’s new series at San Diego Comic-Con, and a CW star is giving back in today’s news roundup.

CASTING

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio and Xander Berkeley have been promoted to series regulars for Season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” Variety has confirmed. The four additions to the full-time cast bring the show’s roster to 20 series regulars, after killing off two last season — Tovah Feldshuh’s Deanna and Alexandra Breckenridge’s Jessie. Morgan’s villainous Negan was introduced in the Season 6 finale, and is set to be a major player in the upcoming story. Payne’s Jesus and Berkeley’s Gregory were both introduced as members of Alexandria’s neighboring Hilltop Colony last season, while Amelio’s scarred Dwight is a member of Negan’s brutal band of Saviors who menaced Daryl and murdered Denise. The promotions were first reported by THR.

TNT has cast Harold Perrineau and Jenn Lyon in the dramedy pilot “Claws,” from Warner Horizon Television. They join the previously announced Niecy Nash in the project, which is being executive-produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack and written by co-executive producer Eliot Laurence. Janine Sherman Barrois is set to executive produce, and Nicole Kassell will direct the pilot. “Claws” follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous Florida manicurists.

DATES

AMC has announced that its new late night show “Geeking Out” will premiere with a special episode on Sunday, July 24 at 10 p.m., focusing on all things Comic-Con. Hosted by Kevin Smith  and Greg Grunberg, the 30-minute episode sees Smith make a pre-Comic-Con pit-stop in Las Vegas to visit his friend Matt Damon and discuss the eagerly awaited new installment of the “Bourne” franchise, “Jason Bourne.” Smith and Grunberg then head to San Diego and will give viewers an all-access VIP pass through the convention, including a conversation with Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who gives Grunberg a preview of “Star Trek Beyond” IMAX and a first-look at the live orchestra that will perform along with the film. Our hosts will then hit the convention floor to chat with some of the biggest graphic novel creators and artists, and get an inside look at the other stars of Con culture: cosplayers.

The CW will premiere “My Last Days,” an uplifting documentary series about courageous people facing one of life’s most difficult challenges, a terminal illness, as a three-night special event, Wednesday, August 17, Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. Created and hosted by “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni, “My Last Days” features the compelling stories of six real-life superheroes, who remind us that having a limited amount of time doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on the world. Watch the trailer below.

EXECUTIVES

Matthew Perreault has been promoted to SVP, Nickelodeon Preschool Brand Creative, Nickelodeon announced today. Perreault will oversee the development of the Nick Jr. brand and promotional strategy across Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. programming block, the Nick Jr. channel, Nick Jr.com and the Nick Jr. app. He will report to Anne Mullen, EVP, Creative and Marketing, Franchises and Preschool.

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