TV News Roundup: Chris Meloni Cast in Syfy Pilot, LeBron Game Show Gets Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Chris Meloni has been cast as the lead of Syfy’s “Happy!,” LeBron JamesNBC game show gets a January premiere date, and more.

CASTING

Chris Meloni has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming Syfy pilot “Happy!” The “Law & Order: SVU” and “True Blood” vet will play Nick Sax, a former rock star detective for a major metropolitan police force, now reduced to a down-and-out hired killer who makes just enough money to support a steady diet of booze and drugs by carrying out hits for the mob. The series is based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name. Meloni will also serve as exec producer on the pilot.

DATES

LeBron James is hoping for a slam dunk with his latest venture as an exec producer on the game show “The Wall.” The show will premiere Jan. 3 2017 on NBC. Hosted by actor and comedian Chris Hardwick, “The Wall” will offer a pair of teammates the opportunity to win cash by answering questions.

To celebrate the recent opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, ABC will air a two-hour special called “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” on Jan. 12 2017The program will feature music, dance and the spoken word performed by an array of stage and screen actors, including Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Tom Hanks and Will Smith. Jones also serves as an exec producer on the show along with Don Mischer.

Eugene Levy comedy “Schitt’s Creek” will return to Pop for its third season on Wednesday, Jan. 11 2017. The 13-episode Season 3 will see Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy making their comedic return as a family that finds itself caught between longing for the life of extreme wealth and extravagance they left behind and embracing the town they’ve come to call home.

MILESTONES

“WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE” will air its 900th episode on Nov. 15 on USA. The Undertaker will be back in the ring for the first time since he defeated “SMACKDOWN LIVE” Commissioner Shane McMahon earlier this year inside Hell in a Cell at “WrestleMania 32.”

RATINGS

The USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier on Friday night drew a huge average audience of 4.6 million on Univision on Friday night. Even more impressive, 2.5 million of those viewers fell into the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.

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