Monday, June 11, 2012

TV News - 'American Horror Story,' 'Last Man Standing,' 'Ray Donovan' & 'Masters of Sex

        Monday, June 11 - Today's items include the ABC comedy Last Man Standing cutting an actress while also hiring a new showrunner; American Horror Story adding another new regular character; Gordon Hamsey's Hotel Hell receives another premiere date (perhaps it will stick this time); Showtime orders two drama pilots to full 12 episode seasons; and many more!

  • Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward) is in negotiations to appear as a series regular on the second season of FX's American Horror Story. He would play the head/boss of the institution for the criminally insane where Jessica Lange's character works, and he will also be the object of her attraction. The cast for the series' second season includes Lange, James Cromwell, Chloe Sevigny, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
  • Alexandra Krosney has been let go from the ABC comedy Last Man Standing. She played Kristin, the eldest daughter of Tim Allen's Mike and Nancy Travis' Vanessa, for the first season. The exit occurred for "creative reasons." According to other sources, the role will be recast for the upcoming season.
  • Showtime has ordered two new dramas to series: Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Both will have 12-episode debut seasons and will premiere in early 2013.
    • Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as a professional "fixer" who is regularly called upon to solve the problems of L.A.'s elite. Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kate Moennig, Steven Bauer, Pooch Hall, Johnathon Schaech and Peter Jacobson co-star.
    • Master of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life 1960s human sexuality pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, exploring their unconventional lives. The drama co-stars Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nicholas D'Agosto and Teddy Sears.
  • Comedy writer-producer Tim Doyle (Rules of Engagement) has joined the ABC comedy Last Man Standing as the new executive producer/showrunner for its upcoming second season. Season one's showrunner Kevin Abbott will continue to serve as an executive producer but non-exclusively as his comedy pilot Malibu Country was picked up to series by ABC. Abbot serves as the executive producer/showrunner for Malibu Country.
  • Gordon Ramsay's new FOX reality series Hotel Hell has finally been given a premiere date. The show will debut with a two-night series premiere Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 from 8-9 PM. It will then air once a week Mondays at 8 starting on August 20. The series follows Ramsay as he attempts to fix troubled hotels.