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TV News Roundup: Janeane Garofalo Cast in TNT’s ‘Foreign Bodies,’ Hoda Kotb Joining NBC’s Olympics Coverage

Janeane Garofalo joins the cast for TNT’s “Foreign Bodies,” Hoda Kotb will travel to Rio for NBC’s Olympics coverage, and more in Thursday’s TV news roundup.

CASTING

TNT and Channel 4 have cast Janeane Garofalo as a recurring guest role on their new series “Foreign Bodies.” The show follows a group of young adults as they venture across Asia. The series will premiere in early 2017 in the UK on E4 and will be followed by the U.S. premiere on TNT later in 2017.

“Downton Abbey” alum Julian Ovenden has booked a guest spot on Major Crimes,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ovenden, who also had a big arc on “Person of Interest” recently, will play a smug, dashing U.K. reporter with an unshakable faith in his own abilities in the sixth episode of Season 5, which airs late July. Up next for Ovenden is History’s “Knightfall” from exec producer Jeremy Renner — in the historical drama, he’ll play De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man.

Hoda Kotb of the “Today” show will be traveling to Rio for NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Olympics. Kotb will join Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera in Rio de Janeiro as a host for the Opening Ceremony of the XXXI Olympiad. She will also serve as NBC’s Olympics correspondent and be part of the “Today” show’s anchor team throughout the Olympics. The 2016 Opening Ceremony is on August 5. The news comes a week after Kotb’s “Today” co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, announced her second pregnancy, which necessitated her skipping the Games due to the recent Zika virus outbreak in the region.

DATES

Amazon announced the premiere date of “Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse,” which follows Lagasse and his colleagues José Andrés, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez and Nancy Silverton as they show him their favorite locales across the world. The six episode season will premiere on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.

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