– What will American Idol look like when it returns to ABC? We got another clue this week as country superstar Luke Bryan has signed on to be a judge alongside Katy Perry. Though a number of names have been out there, the third (and possibly fourth) judge spot(s) have not been confirmed.
– Saturday Night Live has added three new faces to the cast. Chris Redd, who starred with Andy Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, along with Chicago improv comedian Luke Null and SuperMansion and Bratz voice-over artist Heidi Gardner will all be featured players on the upcoming season.
– David S. Pumpkins is returning to SNL, and we’ve got questions. The popular Tom Hanks-starring sketch will return for a Halloween themed animated half-hour special. Hanks will reportedly voice the titular character, with Bobby Moynihan, Mikey Day, Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage and SNL writer Streeter Seidell also voicing characters.
– That didn’t take long. After Monday’s preview episode opened to huge ratings, CBS gave a full-season pickup to Young Sheldon. The show will officially return to the CBS schedule beginning Thursday, Nov. 2 in the 8:30PM time slot after CBS’ commitment to Thursday Night Football ends.
– Though Larry David is working on the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he offered some hope that another would follow. David told USA Today, “I’ll probably start thinking about another season. It won’t be six years.”
– The Underworld franchise is heading to the small screen. Len Wiseman and his Sketch Films production company will develop the series. Wiseman told Deadline, “The series will be a pretty big departure from the films. I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”
– Natascha McElhone is going from the first lady to The First. According to Deadline, McElhone, who current stars opposite Kiefer Sutherland on Designated Survivor, will join the cast of the new Sean Penn astronaut-based series. She’s expected to exit Designated Survivor later this year.
– Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey is staying in the MTV family. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s already been scooped up for a role in the third season of Scream. The latest chapter centers on an aspiring football star (RJ Cyler) whose life gets turned upside down when a killer uses his secrets against him. Posey will play Shane, a drug-dealing high school dropout in the new season.
– Will & Grace is back on NBC, and TV Line has scoop on two guest stars. Leslie Jordan will return as Karen’s nemesis Beverley Leslie in an episode later this year, while New Girl star Max Greenfield will also appear in an undisclosed role.
– Sanaa Lathan will retur on the upcoming season Showtime’s The Affair. Deadline reports that Lathan will play Janelle, a principal of a charter school where Noah (Dominic West) teaches who catches his eye.
– EW reports that former Good Wife star Archie Panjabi will be back on CBS for an episode of Bull. Panjabi will play Arti Cander, an Oxford educated former Washington D.C. lobbyist who is Bull’s British equivalent. The episode will air in November.
– CBS has signed a development deal with Cedric the Entertainer, and Deadline reports that the first project is a firefighter comedy titled Ladder 54. Cedric will play the captain of the firehouse.
– HBO has announced an Oct. 20 premiere date for the second season of The Tracey Ullman Show. The sketch comedy series is slotting in at the 11PM time slot.
– NBC has given the green light for a second season of Marlon.
– The Late Late Show host James Corden will return to host the Hollywood Film Awards for the third straight year. This year’s ceremony takes place Nov. 5 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
– HBO has circled Dec. 4 on the calendar for the debut of John Maggio‘s documentary, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee. The film centers on the legendary Washington Post editor.