Wednesday, March 13, 2013

TV News - 'Broad City,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Zach Stone,' 'Glee,' 'Bad Management,' 'Necessary Roughness,' 'Westside,' 'Two Wrongs,' 'Sullivan & Son,' 'Divorce: A Love Story,' 'The Blacklist,' 'Lucky 7,' 'Arrow,' 'Bad Teacher,' 'Major Crimes,' 'The Vatican,' 'Friends & Family,' 'I Am Victor,' 'Friends with Better Lives,' 'Do It Yourself' & 'Brenda Forever'

        Wednesday, March 13 - Comedy Central has given a 10-episode series order to Broad City for an early 2014 premiere. The project - based on the web series of the same name - follows two friends in New York City (Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer), navigating their way through the minutiae that is life. Jacobson and Glazer wrote the series and Amy Poehler, Dave Becky and Samantha Saifer are among the executive producers.

CBS' The Good Wife has finally struck a syndication deal in a complex multi-window pact that involved two streaming partners, Amazon and Hulu, a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel, and broadcast syndication - with a combined license fee of nearly $2 million per episode. The first three seasons of CBS serialized procedural will become available on Amazon Prime tomorrow, with the current fourth season coming late this year. Hulu Plus will begin distributing the series in September 2013 while Hallmark Channel will begin airing episodes in January 2014. A weekend broadcast syndication run is scheduled to begin in September 2014, with the series sold in 85% of the country.

MTV's new scripted comedy series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous will premiere on Thursday, May 2 at 10:30/9:30c. after the series premiere of new talk show The Show with Vinny. Zach Stone stars comedian Bo Burnham as a just-graduated teen determined to become an overnight superstar - even though he has no discernible talent. As such, he hires a camera crew to follow him around during his daily like.

Idina Menzel is returning to FOX's Glee for an upcoming episode to air in April. Star Lea Michele - who plays Menzel's daughter on the series - broke the news on Twitter. No other details surrounding her reappearance have been released yet.

Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) and Bradley Dodds have been cast on the ABC comedy pilot Bad Management from Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh. Thicke will play Tobias Sr., a tough old buzzard who hates failure, likes lunches and dotes on his son (David Spade). Dodds will play Ben, a sexy young guy Eve (Horgan) hires to piss off Tobias.

John Stamos (ER, NBC's I Am Victor pilot) has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of USA's Necessary Roughness. He will play Connor McClane, the founder of V3, a big global sports and entertainment management company, who sees Dr. Dani's (Callie Thorne) success with TK (Mehcad Brooks) and the New York Hawks and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her into the V3 family. He will appear in all ten episodes of the drama's third season.

Luke Bracey has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot Westside from Byron Balasco. He will play the handsome and sexy Chris Carver. Recently released from a six-year prison term for dealing marijuana, Chris hopes to move to Costa Rica and start his life over but finds himself quickly sucked back into the drama of the Carver family - and a romance with the daughter of his family's chief rival, Sophie Nance (Odette Annable).

Mimi Kennedy will co-star on the FOX comedy pilot Two Wrongs from Michelle Morgan and starring Jake Hoffman and Kelli Garner. She will play Elaine, Zach's (Hoffman) elegant Jewish mother "with eyes that could burn a hole into your head."

Dermot Mulroney (New Girl, Enlightened) and Max Martini (The Unit, Revenge) have joined the cast of the untitled NBC drama pilot from Rand Ravich. Mulroney will play Bill Gibson, the meek-looking man in a sweater vest who is a chaperone on the ill-fated private school bus. He is divorced from his wife and estranged from his daughter, who is a passenger on the bus, and with whom he is apparently anxious to reconnect. Martini will play Koz, a well-armed and deadly mercenary behind the abduction.

Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) will appear in an upcoming April episode of CBS' The Good Wife. He will play an overworked software coder whose company Alicia is representing.

Community star Ken Jeong has booked a guest spot on an upcoming episode of TBS' Sullivan & Son. He will play Steve's (Steve Byrne) workaholic doctor brother-in-law.

Adam Goldberg has been cast on the ABC comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story from Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin. He will play Ike, Kenny's (Jason Jones) neurotic, overly analytical best friend and co-worker.

Homeland vet Diego Klattenhoff has joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot The Blacklist from Jon Bokenkamp and starring Megan Boone and James Spader. He will play Donald Ressler, the Field Agent in-Charge.

Luis Antonio Ramos has been added to the cast of the ABC drama pilot Lucky 7. He will play Antonio Clemente, the cheerful, charming gas station mechanic who had pulled out of the lottery pool to save money.

Colton Haynes has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming second season of The CW's Arrow. He is currently recurring on the successful series' first season as Roy Harper and made his debut in a late February Sweeps episode.

Sex and the City star Kristin Davis is eyeing a return to series television with a starring role on the CBS comedy pilot Bad Teacher from Hilary Winston. She will play Ginny, a history teacher, choir director, Faculty President and Meredith's (Ari Graynor) nemesis.

Jonathan Del Arco has been promoted to series regular on the upcoming second season of TNT's Major Crimes. He recurred throughout the first season as Dr. Morales, the snarky but lovable medical examiner.

Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) has joined the cast of the Showtime drama pilot The Vatican starring Kyle Chandler, Matthew Goode and Anna Friel. He will play Monsignor Alberico Iemma, who is charged with the weighty and complex job of investigating and pronouncing miracles for the Church.

NBC has made the following changes to its spring schedule:
      Ready for Love - Will now air Tuesdays, beginning April 9 (9-11) following The Voice
      The Celebrity Apprentice - Beginning April 14 will be expanded back to two hours through the end of May
      The Voice - Will air encore episodes on Sunday, March 31 and Sunday, April 7 leading into Celebrity Apprentice
      Go On - Moves to Thursdays on April 4 & 11 at 9:30, which will be the season final episodes.
      The New Normal - 1-Hour season finale on Tuesday, April 2
      Smash - Moves to Saturdays at 9 beginning April 6
      Whitney - 1-Hour Season Finale on Wednesday, March 27

Malcolm in the Middle alum Jane Kaczmarek has landed a lead role on the FOX comedy pilot Friends & Family starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel. She will play Pam, Gavin's (Ritter) overbearing Upper West Side mom who has zero verbal filter and little volume control.

Angela Sarafyan has been cast on the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor from Mark Goffman and starring John Stamos. She will play Cucumber, Victor's (Stamos) sassy secretary.

Majandra Delfino, who earlier this week left the ABC comedy pilot Keep Calm and Karey On, has quickly been cast on the CBS comedy pilot Friends with Better Lives from Dana Klein. She will play Andi, an attractive and vulnerable mother of an infant and 3-year-old twins who is married to Bobby (Kevin Connolly) and is best friends with Jules (Brooklyn Decker).

Nicky Whelan has joined the cast of the TBS comedy pilot Do It Yourself from Walt Becker and Rob Long. She will play Tess, Nick's (Ben Rappaport) unattainable ingenue.

Daija Owens (Shameless, Best Friends Forever) has been cast on the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever from David Lampson and Andrew Leeds. She will play the younger version of Pearl Gardner, Brenda's best friend. Never seen without Skittles or Pez, Pearl is self-effacing and doesn't put up a fuss when things don't go her way. Da'vine Joy Randolph plays the adult version.