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TV News Roundup: Fox Developing ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Series, ‘Supergirl’ Adds New Series Regular

DEVELOPMENT

A new adaptation of “Behind Enemy Lines” is in the works at Fox with a new writer, Nikki Toscano, replacing Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who was originally developing the series for the network last year. The series would take place in the midst of US and Russia peace negotiations as three American soldiers are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine. Davis Entertaiment, which produced the 2001 feature starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, will also be producing the series. Deadline first reported the news.

Hulu has announced that Reed Morano (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Billions”) will direct the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken serving as executive producers. Atwood is a consulting producer for the series. Morano will also serve as an executive producer on the first three episodes. Production is set for fall 2016.

The Hollywood Radio and Television Society has announced the creation of a new Associate membership level. The HRTS Associate membership was created for the industry professionals who have matriculated beyond the assistant & coordinator ranks. This level of membership benefits members that exist between the early career Junior HRTS members, and the traditionally senior level executive constituency of HRTS.

CASTING

Supergirl has cast Floriana Lima as DC Comics character Maggie Sawyer in the upcoming second season. Maggie was one of the first openly gay characters in mainstream comics.  She has long been associated with the DC Comics Superman titles as a highly skilled member of the Science Police, the division of the police department that deals with metahumans.  On “Supergirl,” she will be a detective for the National City Police Department who takes a special interest in the cases involving aliens. Lima previously appeared on ABC’s cancelled  drama “The Family.” Her casting was first reported by THR.

Spike has announced more cast members for “The Mist.” Gus Birney will join the series as Alex Cunningham, the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham; Dan Butler will play Father Romanov, a priest; Luke Cosgrove will play Jay Heisel, a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff;  Danica Curcic will appear as Mia Lambert, a drug addict on the run; Okezie Morro will play Jonah Dixon, a military man with amnesia; Darren Pettie has been cast as Connor Heisel, the town sheriff; Russell Posner plays Adrian Garff, an insecure young teenager and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. will play Gus Redman, a local mall manager. “The Mist” will premiere summer 2017.

Brian Austin Green has ended his stint as Aaron Slade on “Rosewood” while filming his first episode. According to sources, Green and producers thought the role wasn’t a good fit. The series-regular role will now be played by Eddie Cibrian. TVLine first reported the news. “Rosewood” Season 2 will premiere on September 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

DATES

HBO has confirmed the premiere date for its new comedy “High Maintenance.” The 30-minute six-episode season stars Ben Sinclair as “The Guy,” a pot delivery man. The comedy created by Katja Blichfeld and Sinclair, based on the web series of the same name, will debut on September 16 at 11 p.m. on HBO.

PBS has announced the Season 2 premiere of “Poldark,” starring Aidan Turner. The two-hour premiere episode will debut on September 25 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

Crackle has announced the premiere date for “Startup,” starring Martin Freeman and Adam Brody. The ten-episode one-hour series is set in Miami and chronicles the birth of GenCoin – a controversial digital currency. “Startup” will premiere on September 6 on Crackle.

CMT has announced the premiere date for Season 2 of “I Love Kellie Pickler.” The new season will explore Pickler and her husband’s family and their travels as well as their participation on “Celebrity Family Feud.” Season 2 of “I Love Kellie Pickler” premieres on August 25 at 10 p.m. on CMT.

CMT has announce the premiere date for Season 11 of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team.” Kellie Pickler will be making an appearance on Season 11 of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team,” which premieres on August 25 at 9 p.m. on CMT.

GREENLIGHTS

CMT has announced that “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” will return for a new season. The series features world-renowned athletic contenders including Spartan, CrossFit, power lifters, professional athletes, MMA fighters and everyday heroes who face off in a series of intense challenges. The new season of “Broken Skull Challenge” will premiere later this year.

Disney has announced that its animated short-form series “Descendant: Wicked World” will get a second season. The first season will reach its finale on July 15 at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel. The second season will begin airing fall 2016 and will be available across multiple platforms, including Disney Channel, Disney Channel app, VOD and Youtube.

EXECUTIVES

Josephson Entertainment announced the appointment of music, TV and film executive Anastasia Brown as a producer for upcoming hit music competition show “American Supergroup.” She joins executive producers Barry Josephson, Kevin Wayne Waldrop and Gary Wayne Bridges. Brown has served as music supervisor for multiple film and TV projects, including “The Shack,” “The Americans” and “The Early Years.”

Gena McCarthy has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for FYI, it was announced today by Paul Greenberg, General Manager of FYI. In the new role, McCarthy will continue to oversee all programming and development for FYI to create multi-platform programming. She will also work closely with other A+E Networks’ brands to identify content that might work well across the portfolio.

 

 

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