×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV News Roundup: Kate Walsh Joins Netflix Series ‘Umbrella Academy’

In today’s roundup, YouTube greenlights “Edge of Seventeen” spinoff and Kate Walsh joins Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy.” 

CASTING

Kate Walsh is joining the cast of Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy,” which follows five estranged members of a family of superheroes as they work together to solve their adoptive father’s mysterious death. Walsh is set for the recurring role of The Handler, described as a composed and confident leader of a mysterious company. She joins previously announced cast members Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda. John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Colm Feore.

DATES

Breaking Big,” a 12-episode documentary series that explores the journey to success of some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, political leaders, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs, will premiere on PBS June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Carlos Watson, the series will kick off with “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and include guests Jason Aldean, Michael Strahan, Christian Siriano and Lee Daniels.

Oxygen Media announced new true crime series “In Defense Of,” which explores the relationships between notorious defendants and the attorneys who represented them, will premiere June 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The top defense lawyers on the infamous cases of Timothy McVeigh, Jodi Arias, and Ted Bundy will share their personal take on events surrounding the highly publicized cases in each hour-long, standalone episode.

GREENLIGHTS

YouTube has given a pilot production commitment to “The Edge of Seventeen,” a series based on the 2016 film of the same name, from STXtv. Annabel Oakes has been tapped to write coming of age series, which will be executive produced by Kelly Fremon Craig, who helmed the original feature film.

DEALS

Following Eugenio Derbez‘s starring role in “Overboard,” the actor and producing partner Benjamin Odell’s 3Pas Studios has signed a deal with Lionsgate’s Television Group. Under the agreement, 3Pas will produce English and Spanish-language series for the Television Group, as well as for Lionsgate’s streaming platforms. The partnership expands on the relationship between Lionsgate and 3Pas, which already includes a first-look feature film deal with the company’s Pantelion Films label.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Susanne Simpson has been promoted to deputy executive producer of “Masterpiece” on PBS. Formerly senior producer on the series, Simpson oversaw six seasons of “Downton Abbey,” working with Carnival Films and PBS.

AWARD SHOWS

“Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay will receive the Crystal Nymph Award at 58th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 15. The award recognizes a stellar body of work by a major international actor or actress, with last year’s recipient being Dame Helen Mirren. Outside of her work on “Law & Order,” where she is also a producer, Hargitay produced HBO documentary “I Am Evidence” this year, about the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sitting in storage across America.

More TV

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

  • Jussie Smollett The Black AIDS Insitute

    Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges

    After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information in the case. Police no longer consider the men to be suspects. “Due to new evidence as a [...]

  • GOTHAM: L-R: Guest star Cameron Monaghan

    TV News Roundup: Fox Drops 'Gotham' Final Season Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, Fox released a new trailer for an upcoming episode of “Gotham” and Disney has announced the cast for its upcoming “High School Musical” series.  FIRST LOOKS Showtime released a new trailer and the official poster for the upcoming fourth season of “Billions,” premiering March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In [...]

  • Chris Rock

    Chris Rock to Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot at NBC

    Chris Rock has come onboard to direct the NBC single-cam comedy pilot “Saving Kenan,” Variety has learned. Rock will also executive produce the pilot, which stars “SNL” mainstay Kenan Thompson. Thompson will play a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content