TV News Roundup: Showtime Sets ‘The Circus’ Season 4 Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Showtime sets the premiere date for season 4 of its docu-series “The Circus,” and Pop TV orders a new coming-of-age comedy “Best Intentions.”


Hulu has added four new series regulars to its upcoming original series “Reprisal.” Craig Tate is joining the cast as former Special Forces operative Earl, Wavvy Jonez as Earl’s cousin Cordell, Shane Callahan as Bru, a member of the Banished Brawlers, and Rory Cochrane as Burt, the reclusive gang leader. Created and executive produced by Josh Corbin, the series follows a femme-fatale who, after being left for dead, seeks revenge against her brother and his fellow gang members. Previously announced series regulars include Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Rhys Wakefield, Madison Davenport, Gilbert Owuor, David Dastmalchian and W. Earl Brown.


Stand-up specials from Alonzo Bodden, #IMomSoHard, Alice Wetterlund, and Mike E. Winfield will premiere on Amazon Prime on Aug. 23. In Bodden’s special, titled “Heavy Lightweight,” the comedian covers topics ranging from slavery to cell phones and the #MeToo movement. In #IMomSoHard, which features Kristen Hensley and Jen Smedly, the two comedians will discuss sex after marriage, body image, and friendship. Wetterlund’s first stand-up special “My Mama Is a Human and So Am I” will recount her struggles with alcoholism and peeping toms.

The Circus will return to Showtime with eight new episodes on Sept. 22. The docu-series will follow co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, and Mark McKinnon as they track the large field of presidential candidates determined to face off against Donald Trump in 2020.

“Twisted Sisters” will return to Investigation Discovery (ID) with a second season on Aug. 12. Executive produced by Khloé Kardashian and 44 Blue Productions, the series follows two sisters as they grow up to become killers.


Pop TV has ordered a new coming-of-age comedy titled “Best Intentions.” The eight-episode first season, created by “American Pie” writer Adam Herz, will go into production this fall. The series will follow awkward single father Andy Banks, played by David Flynn, who is also the guidance counselor at his teenage son’s high school.


Kim Hurwitz will join FITE, a digital combat sports platform, as chief marketing officer. In her new role, Hurwitz will lead all marketing and branding for the media site. Most recently, the marketing exec served as CMO at Karate Combat.


TBS has partnered with Exo to distribute Bug Bars at San Diego Comic-ConVariety has learned exclusively. Bug Bars are inspired by the ration bars characters eat on the upcoming “Snowpiercer” series and will be available at vending machines on the convention floor. The promotional event, which will take place July 18-21, is in support of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series which follows a group of survivors on a train after climate change experiments backfire on society.


The North Fork TV Festival has announced the winners of its competition for independent pilots: “M” (Javier Devitt), “Otis (Alexander Etseyatse), “Rainbow Ruthie” (Ruth Marantz), and “Ups and Downs” (Eoin Cleland). Each selection was made by a team of showrunners, including Theresa Rebeck (“Smash”), Rockne S. O’Bannon (“Defiance”), David Feige (“Raising the Bar”), and David Greenwalt (“Grimm”).


Univision pulled into the number two spot in adults 18-49 for the week of July 1. For the week, the Spanish-language network averaged 714,000 viewers in the key demo, outperforming ABC, CBS and Fox during primetime. The week’s performance was driven by Univision’s telecast of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.

More TV

  • How Cooking-Travel Shows Are Changing TV

    How Cooking-Travel Shows Are Changing TV

    Toyo hunches over his street food stove, cooking tuna with a blow torch, stopping to light his cigarette with it and produce a cheeky grin. The Japanese chef, who owns a roadside stand in the city of Osaka, is one of many highlighted in the Netflix series “Street Food.” Over the course of 30 minutes, [...]


    SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Proposal for New Film-TV Contract

    The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved proposals for a successor deal to its master contract covering feature film and primetime television — a key step in the upcoming negotiations cycle with companies. The board approved the package Saturday with the performers union declining to reveal any specifics — its usual policy. The board established the wages [...]

  • Shannen Doherty'Jennie Garth: A Little Bit

    Shannen Doherty Joins 'Riverdale' Season 4 in Luke Perry Tribute

    “Riverdale” is planning to make a special tribute to Luke Perry. The show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Comic-Con that Shannen Doherty, Perry’s longtime friend and “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star, will guest star in the season 4 premiere. The tribute episode will “reflect Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character” Fred Andrews [...]

  • Supernatural CW

    'Supernatural' Team Gets Emotional Final Season Sendoff at Comic-Con

    The cast and creative team of “Supernatural” bid a fond farewell to the attendees of San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday. At the show’s final panel in the gargantuan Hall H, the team thanked the fans for all of their support over the years as the series prepares to enter its final season. “I’m trying not [...]

  • Alicia Rodis photographed by Alicia Rodis

    SAG-AFTRA Moves to Standardize Guidelines for Intimacy Coordinators

    SAG-AFTRA is moving to standardize guidelines for intimacy coordinators as part of an effort to establish policies for union members when their work involves nudity and simulated sex. “Our goal is to normalize and promote the use of intimacy coordinators within our industry,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “Intimacy coordinators provide an important safety net for [...]

  • SDCC TV News Roundup: Syfy Releases

    SDCC TV News Roundup: Syfy Releases 'The Magicians' Season 5 Clip (Watch)

    In today’s SDCC TV news roundup, Syfy shares a clip from “The Magicians” Season 5, and Amazon sets the Season 4 premiere of “The Expanse.” CASTING Julie Gonzalo and Staz Nair have joined the cast of “Supergirl” for its upcoming fifth season. Gonzalo will portray iconic DC character Andrea Rojas aka Acrata, a polished businesswoman [...]

  • Doom Patrol -- Ep. 101 --

    'Doom Patrol' Renewed, Season 2 to Stream on DC Universe and HBO Max

    “Doom Patrol” has been renewed for a second season and will soon be available outside of DC Universe. At San Diego Comic-Con, series executive producer Jeremy Carver and star Diane Guerrero announced not only that the show will be back for another season but also that it will be available on HBO Max, the upcoming [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content