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TV News Roundup: Oxygen Sets Premiere Date for Transgender Reality Series, ABC Greenlights ‘Criminal’

CASTING

VH1 announced on Wednesday the complete casting for its new scripted series “The Breaks,” based on the original film that aired on the network earlier this year. Cast members from the film joining the TV spinoff include Afton Williamson (“The Night Of”), Wood Harris (“The Wire”), Mack Wilds (“90210”), Antoine Harris (“Ballers”), David Call (“The Magicians”) and Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”). New to the roster are Melonie Diaz (“Fruitvale Station”), Sinqua Walls (“Power”) and Ali Ahn (“Billions”). “The Breaks” is scheduled for a January 2017 premiere.

PREMIERE DATES

Oxygen released a statement announcing that its new reality series “Strut,” executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, will debut on Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 9 p.m. According to the network, “Strut” will follow transgender models Laith De La Cruz, Dominique Jackson, Isis King, Ren Spriggs and Arisce Wanzer as they “chase their passions of becoming household names in the fashion world while challenging stereotypes of gender and beauty.” The series will also provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the fashion world while also revealing the challenges transgender people face in everyday life. One Hoe Productions and 44 Blue Productions are producing.

The premiere of Fuse TV’s new series, “Clash of the Corps,” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 11 p.m., as stated by the network. Executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, the eight part, half-hour documentary series from Seven Bucks Productions and 44 Blue Productions chronicles the die-hard world of Drum Corps International. The show will follow The Cadets from Pennsylvania and the Blue Devils from Northern California, who have competed for the championship for the last two decades. “Clash of the Corps” will capture rare, behind the scenes footage of the blood, sweat and tears that goes into the highly competitive world of music marching.

44 Blue’s Stephanie Drachkovitch is the executive producer for “Strut” and Rasha Drachkovitch is the EP for “Clash of the Corps.”

DEVELOPMENT

Deadline reported on Tuesday that ABC has given the new drama “Criminal” a put pilot commitment. The show is from “Blindspot” executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Written by Gero and producer Brendan Gall, “Criminal” will trail a hedonistic con-man and his team of criminals following their involvement with a CIA operation. An air date has yet to be released.

A put pilot commitment to a new series starring comedian Ms. Pat has been issued, as stated by Fox on Wednesday. The show, which has yet to be titled, will be based on Ms. Pat’s standup comedy routines, as well as her upcoming memoir “Rabbit,” which will be released in February 2017. Fox also publicized that the new half-hour comedy will be executive produced by “Empire’s” co-creator Lee Daniels and producer/director Brian Grazer.

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