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TV News Roundup: Tony Shalhoub Joins Amazon Pilot, CMT’s ‘Nashville’ Adds Transgender Actress

In today’s TV news roundup, Tony Shalhoub has been cast in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” pilot, and CMT has added a new cast member to the upcoming season of “Nashville.”

CASTING

Amazon’s pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has cast “Monk” alum Tony ShalhoubVariety has learned. Shalhoub will play Abe Weissman, an intellect who is all about facts and less about speaking his mind. His character is the father of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Rachael Brosnahan.

Jen Richards will join the CMT’s Nashville as the first-ever openly transgender character and actress on the network. Richards will play the role of Allyson Del Lago, described as a tough but understanding physical therapist who helps one of the show’s main characters through one of their most difficult challenges. “Nashville,” which was canceled by ABC, debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m.

AWARDS

CMT has selected the names for the seventh annual “CMT Artist of The Year.” This years honorees are Thomas RhettChris Stapleton and “Artist of the Year” vets Carrie UnderwoodFlorida Georgia Line and the the longest consecutive honoree Luke Bryan. Also, Kelsea Ballerini has been selected as this year’s Breakout of the Year artist for being the only female in country music history to have three consecutive no.1 singles from a debut album. Each artist will be honored with renditions of some of their greatest hits during the 90-minute special, which airs from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

DATES

Season 2 of Crackle’s first scripted drama “The Art of More” will launch on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The 10-episode second season stars Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth, and the upcoming season is aimed to dive further into the creative politics of New York and explore the blurred lines of profit-making and greed.

Turner Classic Movies‘ second annual “Trailblazing Women” special will premiere on Oct. 4 and air every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of October. “Trailblazing Women” is a multi-year initiative partnered with Women In Film Los Angeles (WIF) to recognize and highlight women’s historical contributions in the film industry. Actress, Producer and Director Illeana Douglas is set to host the premiere, alongside Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany.

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