That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

Arrested Development will be coming back for a fifth season at Netflix, but in a new interview with Business Insider, actor Will Arnett revealed that the format may be different. The first reboot by Netflix was more character-centric episodes, while Arnett teased that the new season will find the cast spending “much more time together” on screen. Look for the new season in 2018.

Who’s up for more Sharknado? The fifth installment has been titled Sharknado: Make America Bait Again. In addition to returning stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, you can look for cameos from the likes of Fabio, Tony Hawk, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bret Michaels, Clay Aiken, Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Cho, Charo, Gilbert Gottfried and Chris Kattan among others. Sharknado: Make America Bait Again will air on Aug. 6.

IndieWire reports that Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are contemplating bringing back the popular ’90s series Animaniacs. Steven Spielberg, who helped to develop the original series, is expected to be on board for the potential reboot.

Deadline reports that Odette Annable has signed on for a series regular role on CW’s Supergirl. Annable, last seen on CBS’ Pure Genius, will play the villainous role of Reign in the forthcoming season.

The Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8 will not be returning for a third season. The second season premiered on May 5. Elsewhere, Cinemax has decided against bringing back Quarry for a second season. Meanwhile, co-creator Michael D. Fuller has confirmed that the series will not continue for another network. And … WGN America has canceled their period drama Underground after two seasons. However, TV Line reports that Sony Pictures TV is attempting to find a new home for the third season.

While many of the details of American Horror Story‘s seventh season remain under wraps, little bits of intel about the cast continue to leak, and one interesting bit of news is that actor Cheyenne Jackson will be back.

Julia Roberts will be teaming up with HBO for the limited series adaptation of Maria Semple‘s novel Today Will Be Different. Roberts will star as the central character who wakes up with the desire to be her best self only to be continually challenged by modern life.

Kevin Hart and rapper/actor T.I. are reportedly working with Showtime to develop the new series The Studio. The show is a music-themed comedy taking place in the office of a recording studio. Deadline reports that Hart and T.I. are also expected to make guest appearances on top of their roles as executive producers.

Paul Dano has joined the cast of the upcoming Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora. Deadline reports that Dano will start opposite Benicio Del Toro and Patricia Arquette in the Ben Stiller-directed series about the story of a 2015 prison break in which two convicted murderers were aided by a married female prison employee.

Brendan Fraser has joined the cast of the upcoming FX series Trust. The 10-episode drama is based on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and stars Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank. According to Deadline, Fraser will play James Fletcher Chace, a private investigator and fixer for J. Paul Getty.

The casting continues for the anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Juno Temple, Janelle Monae, Jay Paulson and David Lyons have all been cast in an episode titled “Autofac,” which centers on a dystopian future where a massive factory serves as the primary outlet for consumerism and a small band of rebels attempt to shut it down. Temple will play one of the rebels, while Monae appears as an Autofac representative.

Pitch may not be coming back, but Mark-Paul Gosselaar will remain at FOX. TV Line reports that the actor has joined the vampire-themed drama pilot The Passage. Gosselaar will star as a federal agent who goes on the run with a 10-year-old girl who has been targeted for a government experiment defying orders to find her and bring her to the experiment.

Alex Rodriguez is expanding his TV profile in his post-baseball days. TV Line reports that the former New York Yankees player has signed with ABC News and will appear as a contributor on Good Morning America, World News Tonight With David Muir and Nightline.

So You Think You Can Judge — 13-Year-Old Joins The ‘SYTYCD’ Panel

The FOX reality dancing show So You Think You Can Dance has reinvented itself this season by having contestants between the ages of 8 and 13 compete. With having such young talent on the show, the program decided to bring a judge who can relate with them – 13 year old Maddie Ziegler!

Ziegler is already an accomplished dancer having won state and national competition which received national exposure. She now takes her experience as a dancer and joins fellow judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe to judge her contemporaries. One would think it would be very tough for Ziegler to judge dancers her age but not for Ziegler who says it won’t be tough to give her tough love critiques. For Zielger, the bottom line is for contestants to grow as dancers.

So You Think You Can Dance airs Monday nights on FOX.

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‘Dance’ Judge Jason Derulo Aims To Be A “Consummate Performer”

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The creative team behind So You Think You Can Dance hit a home run this season with the addition of Jason Derulo, an artist who is enjoying the monumental success of his latest album Everything Is 4. Although Derulo, who showed off his own dancing and singing skills with his recent SYTYCD performance of “Cheyenne,” is passionate about dancing, that skill is just part of his overall tool kit.

“I never really wanted to just be a dancer,” says Derulo, who has sold over 45 million records worldwide. “What I wanted to be was the consummate performer. I wanted to have total control of my body and the way that it moves. So to do that you have to be versed in a lot of different styles so you can have total control and understand how the body works.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Derulo explain why So You Think You Can Dance is getting “more fierce” with each season.



So You Think You Can Dance airs Monday at 8/7c on FOX.


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Paula Abdul: Dancing Success Takes Legs…And Guts

paula_abdul-bdirect_22510r2_dj1_copy_hires2The FOX hit dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance heads into its live shows tonight as the top 20 dancers perform. The show has altered the careers of many performers as many of the dancers have gone off to great professional careers.

Part of the equation in having a successful career in the performing arts lies in one’s own grit and determination. Judge Paula Abdul, a former dancer who also flourished as a choreographer, understands that talent may get a person in the door, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. Paula Abdul explains that dancers make their own breaks through hard work.

Whether one lands an audition or is rejected, the key is to keep moving forward with a laser like focus. Having branched out as a successful singer and a beloved judge on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance is proof that Abdul remains driven to succeed. (Click on the media bar to hear Paula Abdul).

Catch the 20 dancers perform live tonight on So You Think You Can Dance 8/7c on FOX.

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For Jason Derulo, Just Deciding To Judge ‘Dance’ Wasn’t Easy

br_02-jason_0253dj1_copy_hires1Music superstar Jason Derulo is one busy guy these days. Along with the release of his new album Everything Is 4, he is also a judge on the beloved dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance.

For Derulo accepting the job as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance wasn’t easy decision given his hectic schedule with touring in support of his new album. Derulo explains at first he had trepidations becoming a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, but after thinking about what the impact he can have on the show, he just couldn’t resist.

So You Think You Can Dance airs Monday nights on FOX.

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