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TV News Roundup: Tricia Helfer Cast as ‘Lucifer’s’ Mother, Patton Oswalt Joins Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’

Tricia Helfer has been cast as Lucifer’s mother in Season 2 of Fox’s “Lucifer” and Patton Oswalt is joining the growing cast of Hulu’s “Dimension 404.” Plus, much more in today’s TV news roundup…

CASTING

Tricia Helfer is joining Fox’s “Lucifer” for Season 2, Variety has confirmed. Helfer will play the mother of Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside). The first season dealt with father-son issues, but with Helfer’s casting, the second season will focus on the relationship between mother and sons when the show returns Sept. 19 at 9 p.m.

Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards and Sterling Beaumon have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series “Dimension 404,” joining Sarah Hyland, Joel McHale, plus Lea Michele, Robert Buckley and Ryan Lee, who have been cast in separate episodes. Oswalt will play Hyland’s nerdy cinema-obsessed uncle and, in other episodes, Rickards will play a brilliant college student and Beaumon will play a strong-willed high school student.

Crackle has announced that Merritt Patterson will be joining Season 2 of The Art of More.” “The Royals” star will play Olivia Brukner who comes to New York looking to reconnect with her father Sam Brukner, played by Dennis Quaid. “The Art of More” returns later this year on Crackle.

FOX News Channel has hired 2011 Ailes Apprentice Program graduate Bryan Llenas as a full-time correspondent out of the New York City headquarters. He will he will cover both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention in July for FOX News Latino’s presidential election coverage. Bryan was previously a weekend correspondent for FOX News as well as a reporter for Fox News Latino.

AWARDS

The Television Academy has announced that Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham will present this year’s Emmy Nominations. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum will join Anderson and Graham at the nominations ceremony on July 14 at 11:30 a.m ET and 8:30 a.m PT on Emmys.com.

John Cena and Victoria Justice will host this year’s Teen Choice Awards on Fox, which air July 31 at 8 p.m.

CBS News has won three Edward. R. Murrow Awards for excellence in radio and television journalism. CBS Radio News’ “World News Roundup” won Best Audio Newscast for fourth year in a row, this time for Scott Pelley’s coverage of the aftermath of the church shooting in South Carolina. “60 Minutes”won in the category of Reporting: Hard News for “Iraq’s Christians,” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” won the Writing award for network news for Steve Hartman’s weekly “On the Road” series.

RENEWALS

Nickelodeon has announced renewals for preschool series “Blaze and the Monster Machines” and “PAW Patrol” for a fourth season, and “Shimmer and Shine” for a third season. The preschool content pipeline is set to expand with 10 shows in production and six series set to premiere in 2018.

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