“Agents of SHIELD” star Adrianne Palicki has been cast in Seth MacFarlane’s Fox dramedy; Maya Rudolph is visiting “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”; “Chrisley Knows Best” has a release date; and ABC has acquired a single-camera comedy by DJ Nash in today’s TV news roundup.
“Chrisley Knows Best” is set to return for the second half of its fourth season on Tuesday, August 23 with two all-new back-to-back episodes. The network previously extended the current season, bringing the total to 26 episodes, and has already announced a pick up for a Season 5, set to air next year.
“Agents of SHIELD” alumna Adrianne Palicki has been cast as the female lead opposite Seth MacFarlane in his 13-episode hourlong dramedy for Fox, Deadline reports. Also cast in the project is longtime MacFarlane collaborator Scott Grimes. MacFarlane’s first live-action TV series, which has already been given a straight-to-series order, follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.
“Maya & Marty” star Maya Rudolph will reunite with her “Saturday Night Live” co-star Andy Samberg for a multi-episode arc on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” according to TVLine. Rudolph will play a U.S. Marshal who serves as the official liaison to Peralta (Samberg) and Holt (Andre Braugher) in the Witness Protection Program, and their only real connection to their former lives. She’ll make her debut in the Season 4 premiere.
ABC has given a script order with penalty to single-camera comedy “Losing It,” created by DJ Nash of “Truth be Told” and “Growing Up Fisher.” “Losing It” tells the story of three adult siblings and their parents who, whether through divorce, new parenthood, early-onset dementia or just life in general, are losing it and family is the only way to get it together. Deadline first reported the news.
Esquire has ordered a fourth season of “Friday Night Tykes” and a second season of “Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country.” The 10-episode “Friday Night Tykes” will continue to cover the highly competitive 10, 11 and 12-year old leagues of youth football in Texas. “Steel Country’s” second season will focus on small town rivalries in Western Pennsylvania and how working class communities are connecting culturally, socially and emotionally through youth football. The series are produced by 441 Productions, Texas Crew Productions and Electro-Fish Films for Esquire Network. For 441 Productions, Matt Maranz and Andrew Morreale are executive producers. For Texas Crew Productions Terry Stewart and David Karabinas are executive producers.
FYI has greenlit “Kiss Bang Love” from the producers of “Married at First Sight.” “Kiss Bang Love” will follow singles who attempt to find love through blindfold kissing. The series is hosted by “Married at First Sight” relationship and communication expert, Rachel DeAlto. “Kiss Bang Love” is produced by Kinetic Content for FYI. Chris Coelen and Sam Dean are executive producers for Kinetic Content. Gena McCarthy, Liz Fine and Toby Faulkner serve as executive producers for FYI. The series is slated for 10 one-hour episodes.
National Geographic Channel has announced that the network has picked up the global scripted miniseries “The Long Road Home,” based on the New York Times best-seller from Martha Raddatz. First announced as a development deal in November, the network has officially greenlit the eight-hour event series with executive producers Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn. Screenwriter Mikko Alanne (“The 33”) is adapting and also executive producing. Production will begin in early 2017. The series will relive a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War when the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad — a day that came to be known in military annals as “Black Sunday.” The event series will cut between the soldiers on the ground and the homefront in Texas, where their wives and families await news for 48 hellish hours, expecting the worst. The incident, which took place 11 months after President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech, changed the American military’s view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents.
The Paley Center for Media, today announced the addition of nine executives to its Los Angeles Board of Governors. The new additions include Cris Abrego, Co-Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas and Co-CEO, Endemol Shine North America; José Antonio Bastón Patiño, President of Television and Content, Grupo Televisa; Casey Bloys, President Programming, HBO; Paige Hayes, Entertainment, Media & Communications Advisory Leader, PwC; Stephen Hill, President, Programming, BET Networks; Michael E. Kassan, Chairman & CEO, MediaLink; Isaac Lee, Chief News, Entertainment and Digital Officer, Univision Communications Inc.; Janice Min, Co-President & Chief Creative Officer, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group; and Jennifer Mullin, Co-Chief Executive Officer, FremantleMedia North America were also added to the list.