Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TV News - USA Cancels 'Necessary Roughness'; 'The Michael J. Fox Show' Sets 'Back to the Future' Reunion; Plus 12 More Updates!

Additional Updates for:
NBC's Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, Crisis & Crossbones; MTV's Awkward; and The CW's The Tomorrow People & Arrow.

Season 4 of MTV's Awkward has not even started production yet but the network has handed out an order for 10 additional episodes - bringing the fourth season total up to 20.

Daisy Betts (Last Resort) and Christine Evangelista (Lucky 7) have landed multi-episode roles on NBC's Chicago Fire. Betts will play Rebecca Jones, a fire academy candidate who takes Kelly's (Taylor Kinney) class and soon becomes his love interest. Evangelista will play Allison Rafferty, a new paramedic at 51, a firecracker who gives as good as she gets and knows what she's going when the bells go off.

NBC's Parks and Recreation is staging an Everwood reunion. Debra Mooney will guest star on an upcoming episode of the comedy which co-stars Chris Pratt. She will appear as one-half of a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary - her husband will be played by Peter Bonerz.

Hunter star Fred Dryer has booked a recurring role on NBC's midseason drama Crisis. He will play Thomas Jefferson Smith, a powerful, imposing, confident and seasoned CIA agents who, while in his 60s, can still kick butt.

The CW's The Tomorrow People has cast Robert Gant (Queer as Folk) for an upcoming guest spot. He will appear in episodes 10 and 12 as Peter, Marla's (Sarah Clarke) new boyfriend who Stephen (Robbie Amell) fears is too good to be true.

USA has decided to cancel Necessary Roughness after three seasons. In a statement, the network shared, "We are proud of this show and its writers, which has a unique ability to address topical subjects before they unfolded in real life on the sports pages. We want to thank Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, the incredible cast led by Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne and our partners at Sony Television."

NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show is reuniting the two stars of the Back to the Future movies for an upcoming episode. Christopher Lloyd will appear on the Michael J. Fox starring comedy as the eccentric principal at the high school where Annie (Betsy Brandt) teaches and will go toe-to-toe with Mike (Fox).

Julian Sands (24) will recur on NBC's midseason drama Crossbones. He will play William Jagger, an aristocrat turned privateer and Governor of Jamaica who dispatches Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle) to accompany inventor/mathematician, Benedict Nightingale, and his Marine Chronometer, to England by way of a secret convoy.

Spartacus alum Katrina Law has been tapped for a guest role on The CW's Arrow. She will play Nyssa al Ghul, Ra's al Ghul's daughter, a powerful member of the League of Assassins who comes to Starling City in pursuit of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz).

Projects Announced in Active Development
  • FOX (2) -- Wunderland (script), a workplace comedy set at a theme park; and Three The Hard Way (script), a comedy inspired by the life of Dwyane Wade.
  • NBC (1) -- Untitled Erin Ehrlich Project (script), ensemble comedy about nursing students.
  • The CW (1) -- Untitled Liz Garcia & Joshua Harto Project (script), a terrorism drama from the Memphis Beat creators.
  • HBO (1) -- The Last Tycoon (script with penalty), a drama about 1930's Hollywood.