The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: A whole batch of new pilots to hate, Supergirl casting news, and a Togetherness renewal.
There were a ton of new pilot pick-ups this week, so here’s a quick rundown, courtesy of Deadline:
- Amazon ordered drama pilot Casanova about one of the most famous playboys in history.
- CBS ordered a Rush Hour adaptation, Super Clyde (a remake of a 2013 pilot starring Rupert Grint), and Joe Time, about a family man who worries everyone is having more fun than he is. CBS also ordered a pilot for the Limitless adaptation, Angel From Hell (a comedy about a woman who is approached by her maybe-guardian angel), and an untitled comedy about — surprise! — a group of friends and family.
- HBO ordered Virtuoso, a classical music drama set in the 18th century, from Alan Ball.
- ABC ordered a whole bunch: Runner (the “traditionally masculine world of arms dealing through the lens of a woman), Of Kings and Prophets (epic Bible saga), Mix (about modern-day families, but not Modern Family), LA Crime (crime in LA, naturally, but true crime!), and Quantico (young — and probably sexy — FBI recruits training at Quantico).
- NBC ordered a multi-camera sitcom from Ellen DeGeneres’ studio starring Monica Potter (and loosely based on Potter’s life) and a single-camera workplace comedy from Jimmy Fallon’s production company.
- And Fox ordered a multi-camera sitcom from Dana Klein about a working mother who competes with her stay-at-home sister-in-law.
HBO has renewed the sweet and funny Duplass brothers comedy Togetherness for a second season. Season 2 is set to debut in 2016. [HBO]
Georgia King (The New Normal) has joined the cast for the Danny McBride comedy Vice Principals on HBO. King will play a new English teacher at the school. [Deadline]
Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives) has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in CBS’ upcoming Supergirl, which is excellent news, though we’ll have to deal with the scores of racist comments surrounding the casting choice! [TVLine]
David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) has joined Netflix’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones (one of the streaming site’s Marvel series) as Kilgrave, opposite Krysten Ritter. [Deadline]
Wet Hot American Summer (which has cast Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Jason Schwartzman, and Jon Hamm) has a quick teaser from Netflix.
Sofia the First, a popular Disney Junior animated series, will introduce a 16-year-old Latina princess — and then spin her off into her own animated series. According to Disney Junior EVP, the series will “tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.” [TVLine]
Bravo renewed Top Chef for Season 13. [Variety]
Nick Jonas joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming anthology series Scream Queens. It’s a recurring role, though specific details have yet to be announced. The show, which revolves around a series of murders on a college campus, will also star Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis. [The Wrap]
Borrowing a page from HBO, Nickelodeon will soon introduce a standalone subscription service. [Variety]