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TV News Roundup: ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Cast in Starz’s ‘White Princess’

“Game of Thrones” star Michelle Fairley will play Henry VII’s mother in the Starz limited series “The White Princess.”  Plus, FX has set summer premiere dates for Season 3 of “The Strain” and “You’re the Worst.”

CASTING:

“Game of Thrones” actress Michelle Fairley will star in Starz’s limited series drama “The White Princess,” the follow-up to the premium cabler’s original miniseries “The White Queen.”  Based on a novel in Philippa Gregory’s “The Cousins’ War” series, “The White Princess” offers a female perspective on the string of late 15th century battles in England known as War of the Roses.

Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort, the plotting mother of Henry VII and mastermind behind his ascent to the British throne. The actress appeared as Catelyn Stark in the first three seasons of “Game of Thrones” and has also starred in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “In the Heart of the Sea” and in a recurring role on USA’s “Suits.”

Jodie Comer (“Thirteen,” “Doctor Foster”) will also join the cast of the historical drama series as Princess Elizabeth of York.

USA Network has cast Tom Sizemore in a recurring role in its upcoming series Shooter.”

The “Saving Private Ryan” actor will play Hugh Meachum, a senior CIA agent who will stop at nothing to advance the U.S. standing in the global economy.  Ryan Phillippe, Omar Epps, Shantel VanSanten and Cynthia Addai-Robinson also star in the action drama series, which is based on Stephen Hunter’s bestselling novel “Point of Impact” and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film. 

PREMIERE DATES:

FX Networks has set premiere dates for the third seasons of drama “The Strain” and comedy “You’re the Worst.”

“The Strain,” which was FX’s No. 2-rated series in adults 18-49 for 2015, will return to Sunday nights at 10 p.m. starting Aug. 28. The show had opened in mid-July in its first two seasons, but this new launch date means it won’t have to go up against NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics, which will occupy the first three Sundays of August.

“You’re the Worst,” meanwhile, returns to FXX on Aug. 31, airing once again on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

AWARDS:

Fox will air the 2016 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. with the first round of voting now open via TeenChoice.com.

Quinnipiac University will present “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose with the Fred Friendly Award.  The talk show host will receive the honor on June 15 in New York City.

EXECUTIVES:

Lionsgate‘s Agapy Kapouranis has moved from her role as senior VP of television and digital distribution to assume the company’s recently created role of executive VP of global subscription video on demand.

In her new post, Kapouranis will lead the licensing of content to SVOD platforms throughout the international marketplace, as well as continue her oversight of licensing Lionsgate’s content in Canada.  The exec joined Lionsgate from MGM Studios in 2011.

In a string of new hires, Turner has named Melissa Chambless the senior VP of brand marketing for TBS and TNT, and Peter Sherman as the senior VP of marketing strategy for both the networks.

In her new role, Chambless will provide strategic and tactical leadership for network brands, marketing campaigns and communications.  Sherman, who joins Turner after an eight-year stint at Google, will spearhead consumer-centric marketing strategies for the networks as well as lead a team of strategists and audience analysts in the development of data-driven solutions across multiple platforms.

PARTNERSHIPS:

Pilgrim Media Group and esports leader ESL are teaming up to develop original esports content for TV and digital platforms.  The partnership was facilitated by Peter Levin, the president of interactive ventures and games at Lionsgate.

“Esports is exploding. Combining the authenticity of ESL with the storytelling expertise of Pilgrim and Lionsgate to further expand the audience is exciting.  While the core gaming fans have been enjoying our content for years, the opportunity to showcase esports through a different lens is an amazing opportunity,” said ESL executive chairman Steven Roberts in a statement.

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