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TV News Roundup: ‘Hamilton’ Cast to Perform at Tonys, Netflix Releases ‘Marco Polo’ Season 2 Trailer

“Hamilton” cast will be performing at the 2016 Tony Awards, Netflix releases trailer for Season 2 of “Marco Polo” and more in Wednesday’s TV news Roundup.

AWARDS

The 2016 Tony Awards will feature performances from the casts of the Tony-nominated Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical shows, including nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren and the cast of “Shuffle Along,” Tony nominees Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski and the cast of “She Loves Me;” Tony nominee Alex Brightman and the cast of “School of Rock;” Tony nominee Danny Burstein and the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof;” Tony nominees Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo and the cast of “The Color Purple;” Tony nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson and Daveed Diggs and the cast of “Hamilton;” Tony nominees Sara Bareilles, Christopher Fitzgerald and Jessie Mueller and the cast of “Waitress;” Tony nominee Carmen Cusack and the cast of “Bright Star;” the cast of “Spring Awakening” and a performance by Gloria Estefan and the cast of “On Your Feet.”

FIRST LOOKS

Netflix has released the trailer for Season 2 of Marco Polo.” The cast for the 10-episode season includes Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Michelle Yeoh (the Handmaiden), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Joan Chen (Empress Chabi), Zhu Zhu (Kokachin), Tom Wu (Hundred Eyes), Olivia Cheng (Mei Lin), Claudia Kim (Khutulun), Rick Yune (Kaidu), Remy Hii (Prince Jingim), Mahesh Jadu (Ahmad) and Uli Latukefu (Byamba). Season 2 will be available worldwide on July 1 on Netflix.

CMT has released the trailer for their upcoming series “Still the King,” starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Cyrus plays “Burnin’ Vernon,” a washed up one-hit wonder who, after being kicked out of country music, revives his career 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nevada. He gets sentenced to community service at a church outside of Nashville after going on a drunken bender. While pretending to be the church’s new minister, he discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter. The trailer will premiere during the CMT Music Awards.

DATES

Fox channels outside the US have acquired the rights to the FX Productions and Marvel Television seriesLegion.” It will premiere on FX Networks in the US. The first season pickup was announced last week, and the series is set to premiere in early 2017.

CASTING

Alan Ritchson joins Syfy’s “Blood Drive” as a series regular in the role of Arthur Bailey, a former cop who is forced to join an underground death race with cars that run on human blood. From producers John Hlavin and David Straiton and Universal Cable Productions, the 13-episode series begins production in July.

EXECUTIVES

Oxygen Media has announced that Jean Shi has been promoted to Vice President of Development. Shi has worked on developing “Douglas Family Gold,” and the recently announced greenlights “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties” and “Three Days to Live.” She will continue curating and developing original concepts, new talent and unique formats.

DEALS

PactUS announced an inaugural executive board of directors representing a broad cross-section of its 30-plus member companies. Along with IPC Television CEO Eli Holzman to Chair Board, board members include: All3Media America CEO Gregory Lipstone, Endemol Shine COO Ben Samek, Propagate Content Founder/Co-CEO Howard Owens, Electus International Global Distribution President John Pollak, Punched in the Head Owner Amelia D’Entrone, Hot Snakes Media Founding Partner Eric Evangelista, Talos Films Co-President Elli Hakami, 51 Minds COO Temple Williams and Pact CEO John McVay.

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