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Gaggle of TV Castings for Marvel and DC Comics Universes, Oscars Gaffe Fallout, Training Day Remembers Bill Paxton, More TV News

by | March 2, 2017 | Comments

This week in TV news: Comic book-t0-TV development continues creating work, Oscars blunder still hasn’t quite blown over, Bill Paxton’s Training Day to honor him posthumously, and more.


Casting News: Alexander Siddig, Stephen Moyer, Anson Mount, Matthew Broderick, and More

The Marvel Universe is expanding, with cast additions to both Fox’s untitled X-Men TV pilot from Bryan Singer and Matt Nix and ABC’s upcoming Inhumans. True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer joins the untitled X-Men pilot as Reed, a lawyer and father whose family joins up with the band of mutant superheros. Sean Teale (Incorporated), Jamie Chung (Gotham), and Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) have also been cast in the project. On Inhumans, Hell on Wheels star Anson Mount will star as Black Bolt with Ballers’ Serinda Swan as Medusa (queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt), and Ken Leung (Night Shift) as royal cousin and adviser Karnak. Not to be outdone, DC Comics reports that Batman universe archvillain Ra’s al Ghul will be played on Fox’s Gotham by Game of Thrones alum Alexander Siddig (pictured).

  • Rob Riggle will star in ABC’s comedy about a single dad from the Trophy Wife EPs. [Deadline]
  • Hope Davis has been cast in Shonda Rhimes’ new still-untitled legal drama. The Wayward Pines star joins Vondie Curtis Hall (Daredevil) and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) in the cast. [THR]
  • The Good Wife star Matt Czuchry will play an idealistic third-year resident in the upcoming Fox medical drama pilot The Resident. Czuchry most recently revived his Gilmore Girls character for the show’s four-episode revival on Netflix. [THR]
  • Speaking of Gilmore Girls, Lauren Graham will star in the Fox comedy Linda from HR. [THR]
  •  Glee and Scream Queens star Lea Michele will join Hamilton star Daveed Diggs’-produced comedy about a city mayor. Let’s hope there’s singing involved. [Variety]
  • Michele’s Scream Queens costar Keke Palmer will play a CIA case officer on Epix series Berlin Station. [THR]
  • Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore will star in David Shore’s new ABC drama The Good Doctor. [THR]
  • NBC has cast Jessica Gunning as Barb in What About Barb? and Leah Remini as Barb’s therapist. [Variety]
  • Former SNL cast member Jon Rudnitsky will join Genevieve Angelson (Good Girls Revolt) in the NBC comedy Relatively Happy. [Deadline]
  • Matthew Broderick will join Annette Bening in Ryan Murphy’s latest American Crime Story series, this time focused on Hurricane Katrina. [THR]
  • Galavant star Timothy Omundson has joined ABC’s Carol Burnett comedy pilot. [Deadline]
  • Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Westworld star Jimmi Simpson, and Fargo actor Bokeem Woodbine are teaming up in a USA drama about Tupac Shakur. [THR]
  • Damon Wayons will star in a comedy about AI from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg for FX. [Deadline]
  • Jeremy Piven (Mr. Selfridge) moves from PBS to CBS for drama Wisdom of the Crowd. [TV Guide]
  • And Under the Dome breakout Rachelle LeFevre will join Jack Davenport in the ABC drama Doomsday. [THR]

Oscars Flub Fallout

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Martha L. Ruiz, Brian Cullinan and actor Ryan Gosling attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

It was the most memorable Oscars in recent history and not for the right reasons — starting with including a photo of a still very much alive person to the in memoriam segment of the 89th Annual Academy Awards and topping it off with the now-infamous Best Picture gaffe, in which presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land the winner due to an envelope-swapping debacle, but Moonlight was actually the winner. The event’s ratings really dug in the knife, coming in at a nine-year low.

And the envelope snafu is not quite over yet. While Moonlight and La La Land’s teams have been nothing but gracious about the mix-up, the PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) accountant responsible, Brian Cullinan, and his colleague Martha Ruiz have been barred from working on the Oscars again, although the firm itself may still work for the Academy in the future. The accounting firm has also been forced to hire bodyguards for Ruiz and Cullinan (pictured above with actor Ryan Gosling), because they have received death threats and people have congregated outside their homes. Meanwhile Beatty’s sister Shirley MacLaine, who was a presenter earlier in the evening), told USA Today she’s “still processing the horror” of what happened.


Training Day Will Honor Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton in TRAINING DAY (Robert Voets/CBS)

When Bill Paxton died unexpected on Saturday, he left behind the current series Training Day on CBS. Now the series, which he had completed shooting by the time of his death, will find a way to honor him by including a dedication in this week’s episode, Variety reports.

Paxton was among several notable deaths this week: People’s Court Judge Wapner died at the age of 97. And the actor who played Mag the Mighty on Game of Thrones — and was one of the world’s tallest men — Neil Fingleton also died. He was 36.


Game of Thrones Stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Head to Austin for SXSW

Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner at 2015 SAG awards (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner have been added to the list of big TV talent attending Austin’s annual South by Southwest Conference. The event kicks off next week, running March 10-19, and the list of TV luminaries participating also includes: Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; Legion creator Noah Hawley; Preacher executive producers Seth Rogen, Sam Catlin, and Garth Ennis; VEEP writer-EP David Mandel, EP and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and cast members Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Gary Cole, Tim Simons and Sam Richardson; WWE superstar John Cena; film and TV director, writer, and producer Lee Daniels; Transparent creator Jill Soloway; and many more.


Nashville Spoiler Alert!

As if the ending of the Oscars wasn’t shocking enough, Nashville stunned fans with the death of its star Rayna (Connie Britton) in its most recent episode. It was a week of needing extra tissues in primetime, as This Is Us also tackled the death of Randall’s father, William. For more of the character losses that made us cry, check out the most heartbreaking deaths of the last 20 years.


Star Trek Discovery Moves Closer to Premiere

Star Trek: Discovery ship (Courtesy of CBS Television Studios)

It’s been delayed several times, but Star Trek Discovery will launch on CBS All Access late this summer or in early fall, according to CBS head Les Moonves.  “It’s important to get it right. Star Trek is the family jewels. We’re not going to rush it in. There’s lots of postproduction, but I’m very confident based on what I’ve seen so far,” Moonves told investors at a conference this week.


BBC America Releases New Doctor Who and Ripper Street Teases

Doctor Who — the last season with Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord — returns to BBC America April 15.

BBC America also released a trailer for the final season of Ripper Street, which stars Matthew MacFadyen and returns — along with Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) as mad, bad, and dangerous to know Det. Insp. Jedediah Shine — March 8.


ABC’s Dirty Dancing Gets Poster Treatment

Get ready for the lift: New poster art from ABC’s Dirty Dancing — a musical reimagining of the 1987 film — hit the web this week. The image features stars Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes.

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