×

TV News Roundup: Freeform Casts ‘Brown Girls’ Pilot, Mariah Carey’s Reality Show Gets Supersized Premiere

In today’s TV news roundup, more news for Mariah Carey’s reality show, Marlee Matlin is scheduled to appear on “Code Black,” Freeform’s “Brown Girls” pilot finds its girls and Sarah Hyland hosts the one-hour special “Lip Sync Battle Shorties.”

DATES

Mariah Carey‘s reality show “Mariah’s World” will premiere on both E! and Bravo for its first episode on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m., giving the new series maximum exposure across the two networks. Following the premiere, the rest of the eight-part event series will air on E! Sunday nights. “Mariah’s World” gives an inside look at the superstar’s life, career and complicated personal relationships.

CASTING

Freeform’s comedy pilot “Brown Girls” has cast its titular girls. Hina Abdullah will play Rimmi, a fashion-forward young woman trying to ignore her heritage and start a makeup blog. Punam Patel will play Devi, a woman who is confident but content with her traditional Indian values, and who reaches out to Rimmi upon her arrival in Los Angeles. “Brown Girls” comes from writers Shilpi Roy and Nastaran Dibai. Abdullah is repped by repped by Abrams Artists Agency, and Patel is repped by APA and Principato Young

Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will guest star on the Dec. 7 episodes of CBS drama series “Code Black.” She will portray Kathy Byrne, a deaf patient who arrives at Angels Memorial with her translator after their car rolls over into a river. Matlin’s film credits include “Walker,” “The Player,” “It’s My Party” and “Children of a Lesser God,” for which she won an Oscar.

RENEWALS

E! has renewed reality series “WAGS” for a third season, as well as ordered a second season for the spin-off “WAGS Miami.” Both are scheduled for eight episode seasons to premiere in 2017. Produced by Machete Productions, the first season finale of “WAGS Miami” airs Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10 p.m.

SPECIALS

“Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland will host the one-hour special “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,” set to premiere on Nickelodeon Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Created by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador, the special serves a spin-off to Spike’s successful series “Lip Sync Battle” and will feature four kid performers, the Lip Sync Battle Shorties Dance Crew and more. The special will re-air on Spike on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.

Sofia Carson is getting a big push on Disney and ABC networks this holiday season. She’ll first appear in “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” a two-hour showcase from Walt Disney World Resort on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. on ABC, followed by “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel. She will then appear in the Freeform TV film “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits” on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m., Christmas special “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Sunday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m., and the all-day feature “New Year’s Evie” on Disney Channel.

More TV

  • Kamala Harris

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Face Rematch in Next Democratic Debate

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris will have the opportunity to square off again in the second debate among Democratic hopefuls vying for their party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential election CNN, which will broadcast the next round of debates on July 30 and 31, televised a draw Thursday night that decided [...]

  • Jon Wax

    Jon Wax Joins Amazon Studios as Head of Genre Programming

    YouTube’s head of scripted programming Jon Wax is joining Amazon Studios as its head of genre programming, Variety has learned. Wax will take up the position recently vacated by Sharon Tal Yguado. He had joined YouTube in August 2017, heading up drama, unscripted and current programming for YouTube’s premium channel. Prior to that, he had [...]

  • South Park Donald Trump

    TV News Roundup: Comedy Central Sets 'South Park' Season 23 Premiere Date

    In today’s TV News roundup, Comedy Central announces the premiere date of “South Park” Season 23 and Netflix sets the premiere date and offers a first look at “Unbelievable.”  DATES Comedy Central announced that Season 23 of “South Park” will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. Because the episodes are written and animated so [...]

  • US actor Kevin Spacey (C) is

    Kevin Spacey Shouldn't Be Exonerated in Hollywood Even as Criminal Case Ends (Column)

    The news that criminal charges against Kevin Spacey in the Nantucket groping case have been dropped raises an inevitable question: does this mean he can claw his way back into Hollywood’s good graces? Or maybe more importantly: should it?  Spacey’s rapid descent was startling, even as it quickly followed that of the once untouchable producing [...]

  • Game of Thrones

    HBO's Return to Emmy Nomination Dominance May Be Short-Lived (Column)

    As Hollywood braces for the coming streaming wars, HBO’s huge Emmy nomination haul this week sent a new salvo Netflix’s way: The streamer may have the volume, but HBO still has the goods. At least this year. HBO’s record-breaking 137 nominations came on the strength of just 23 programs — led, of course, by “Game [...]

  • Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer

    Starz Nears Realignment: Why Lionsgate Won't Hire a CEO to Replace Chris Albrecht

    Nearly six months after Starz CEO Chris Albrecht exited in February, Lionsgate brass is moving closer to a revamp of the premium TV network’s executive structure. According to insiders, at least one thing is clear: Albrecht is not expected to be replaced as CEO. Instead, Lionsgate chief executive Jon Feltheimer is taking a more active [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content