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TV News Roundup: ‘Genius’ Season 2 Sets New, Returning Cast

In today’s roundup, National Geographic announces the cast for Season 2 of “Genius” and Comedy Central announces three holiday specials.

CASTING

National Goegraphic has announced new and returning cast members for its anthology show “Genius.” Samantha Colley, T.R. KnightSeth Gabel, and Johnny Flynn are set to return. Alex Rich, Clémence Poésy, Sebastian RocheRobert Sheehan , Poppy Delevingne, and Aisling Franciosi  are new additions to the series which will focus on the life of Pablo Picasso. Antonio Banderas will play Picasso later in his life while Rich will play him when he was younger.

Josh Stamberg, Jake Etheridge Rainee Lyleson, Nic Luken, and Dylan Arnold have been cast as recurring cast members for CMT‘s “Nashville.” “Nashville” is currently filming its sixth season and will air in January 2018 on CMT and Hulu. The show is produced by Lionsgate and Opry Entertainment.

 

 

SPECIALS

Comedy Central has announced new holiday specials from “Drunk History,” “The President Show,” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” “I Came Up with Christmas: A President Show Christmas” will feature The 45th President of the United States (played by “The President Show” creator Anthony Atamanuik) alongside the Vice President (played by Peter Grosz) as they celebrate the holiday with a cavalcade of friends old and new in a night of comedy, music, jingle bells, and dog whistles. The hour-long holiday special debuts Nov. 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The ” Drunk History Christmas Special,” creators Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner bring to life iconic holiday scenes like George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas Day. The special will premiere Nov. 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. “The Daily Show’s The Yearly Show 2017” year-end special will be hosted by Trevor Noah and will
feature The Best F#@king News Team. The special premieres on Dec. 18 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao have created a new podcast called “Whiting Wongs.” Hosted by Harmon — the white guy — and writer for “Rick and Morty,” Gao  — the Chinese woman, the show is described as a no-holds barred exploration of race, gender, privilege and a great many other things. “Rick and Morty” fans are notoriously opinionated which is part of what inspired the show and the need for Jessica and Dan to directly address sensitive topics and explore choices they’ve made with “Rick and Morty” and throughout their careers. New episodes are publish Thursdays weekly. The podcast is made by Starburns Industries and hosted by Acast.

DATES

FX has announced that Season 3 of “Baskets” will premiere on Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In this season, Christine is the President and CEO of the Baskets Family Rodeo despite never having seen a rodeo before. Chip has his first full-time gig since Arby’s, but can barely transfer a phone call, let alone recruit much-needed clowns. And even though Dale is the only one in the family who has run a business, he can’t get anyone to listen to him – his family, the employees, or the horses. “Baskets” was co-created by executive producers Jonathan Krisel , Louis C.K., and Zach GalifianakisM. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, Andrea Pett-Joseph, and Anna Dokoza are also executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.

RENEWALS

Animal Planet has greenlit the second season of “I Was Prey,” which tells the true stories of people who were attacked by predators, fought their way through  life and death scenarios, and lived to share their stories. Using intimate interviews with the survivors themselves, cinematic visuals and high-end sound design, these stories reveal how the serenity of the ocean or the quiet of the wilderness can quickly turn and how a person’s will to survive is key to overcoming the direst situations. The series, produced for Animal Plant by Hit + Run, premiered in July and is the network’s highest rated new Sunday night. The new season of “I Was Prey” will premiere in 2018.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Entertainment and marketing industry veterans Ivan Dudynsky, Audrey Morrissey, Brandon Rochon, and Dermot McCormack have teamed up to create the lifestyle media brand SNKR INC dedicated to all things surrounding the sneaker culture. SNKR INC is currently streaming online and via Roku TV with an initial launch slate including “The Come Up,” an animated series about luminaries in the sneaker world;  “Shine,” the first series dedicated to females making a difference in the shoe game; “RVLVR,” a roundtable debate between influencers; and a weekly podcast called “The KickBack.”

 

AWARD SHOWS

On November 15, Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, will be honored at the Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon in Beverly Hills. Dungey joins three other distinguished honorees: Barbara Bouza, FAIAmanaging director and principal of Gensler; Lisa Nishimura, vice president, Original Documentary and Comedy Programming, Netflix; and Susan Rovner, co-president, Warner Horizon and executive vice president, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Television.  Honorees are paired with Girls Inc. National Scholars who share personal stories of overcoming challenges and how the honorees have motivated them to achieve their academic, personal and career goals.

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