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TV News Roundup: Geoffrey Rush to Play Einstein; Donald Sutherland, Jeremy Sisto Join Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Ice’

Antoine Fuqua’s new crime drama “Ice” has announced its cast, including Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto and Donald Sutherland; while National Geographic’s “Genius” has cast Geoffrey Rush as its Albert Einstein. All that and more in Monday’s TV news roundup.

CASTING

AT&T Audience Network has announced the cast for upcoming series “Ice,” from Entertainment One and Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films. The cast will include Cam Gigandet (“The Magnificent Seven,” “The Twilight Saga” franchise), Jeremy Sisto (“Law and Order,” “Suburgatory”), Ray Winstone (“The Departed”), Judith Shekoni (“Heroes Reborn,” “The Twilight Saga” franchise) Raymond Barry (“Training Day”), and Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games” franchise).

“Ice” follows the Green Family as they enter the world of Los Angeles’ diamond trade. Fuqua will direct the first episode and serve as executive producer. The original series is written and executive produced by Robert Munic of “Fighting” and “The Cleaner.” The 10-episode hourlong series is currently in production and will debut later this year.

National Geographic Channel has announced that Geoffrey Rush has been cast in upcoming anthology series “Genius.” Rush will be playing Albert Einstein in the network’s first scripted series. “Genius” is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography and the first episode will be directed by Ron Howard. Johnny Flynn has been cast as a younger Einstein and will play him in the years before he rose to fame and popularity. The 10-episode series begins production next month.

DATES

Freeform has announced the premiere dates for new shows “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?” and “The Letter.” “Happily Ever After?” follows former Season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins and his fiance Lauren Bushnell in life after the final rose. “The Letter” follows different groups of best friends as they draft honest and anonymous letters to their friends, spilling on things they need to hear in order to potentially better their lives. “Ben & Lauren” premieres on October 11 at 8 p.m. and “The Letter” premieres immediately after at 9 p.m. on Freeform.

E! has announced the premiere date for its new docuseries “Rob & Chyna.” The series will take a look at Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna‘s relationship as they navigate a new engagement and impending newborn. Other members of the Kardashian family, including Kim Kardashian West, will be featured throughout the first season. “Rob & Chyna” will premiere on September 11 at 9 p.m. on E!

RENEWALS

Netflix has renewed “Last Chance U,” which was its first sports documentary series, for a second season. Greg Whiteley will continue as director for the documentary series as it continues to explore the world of junior college football. Season 2 will follow a new group of men determined to make a career in the NFL. Under Coach Buddy Stephens, who has nine former athletes in the NFL, East Mississippi Community College graduates more than 20 players per year into football scholarships at four-year universities.

AWARDS

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that Alan Cumming will be hosting the International Emmy Awards Gala.

“Alan Cumming is a master artist; actor, author and entertainer who for the last thirty years, has been continually taking his craft to new heights. We are proud to have this multi-talented performer as our host this year,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

In addition to the programming awards distributed at the ceremony, Shonda Rhimes will be receiving the Founder Award and Maria Rørbye Rønn, the Chief Executive Officer & Director General of Danish Broadcasting Corporation, will receive the Directorate Award.

DEALS

Verizon and Pop have agreed to a long-term carriage extension. Verizon has distribution rights for Pop and delivers the network to Verizon Fios users and across their digital platforms.

“Pop continues to be a supportive, innovative and flexible content partner of Verizon’s,” said Ben Grad, executive director of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. “We were pleased to be able to extend and expand this relationship so that our customers could engage with Pop content on Fios TV and Fios Mobile, and potentially also through other platforms within Verizon’s growing distribution portfolio.”

“Verizon has been a great and supportive partner since 2005,” said David Mandell, COO of Pop. “We’re excited that Pop’s distinctive line-up of original programming will continue to be part of Verizon’s content offerings, as it reinvents the MVPD landscape.”

 

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