Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Will Forte Gets a Sitcom, Dan Harmon Gets Renewed


The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Will Forte lands a sitcom, Sharknado 2 gets a perfect cast, and more.

Cristin Milioti, the titular mother on How I Met Your Mother, has already booked her next sitcom gig: as an attorney on the NBC comedy A to Z, just one of the few projects that Rashida Jones has in the works. [Deadline]

Maggie Lawson, best known for Psych (ending next month) and Back in the Game (already canceled), has signed on to star in the CBS comedy pilot Save The Date, about a woman who “drunkenly books a wedding venue” and now has to find a man to marry. You know, instead of just canceling the booking. [The Wrap]

We were happy to hear that Fox is effectively killing their pilot season, and now Will Forte’s single-camera comedy Last Man on Earth is getting a straight-to-series order. [Variety]

TBS ordered a pilot presentation of Jimmy Pardo’s The Weekly Awards, a clip show produced by Conan O’Brien. [Splitsider]

HBO picked up two new programs this week: The Brink, a comedy about a geopolitical crisis starring the unlikely duo of Jack Black and Tim Robbins and Utopia, a remake of a British conspiracy thriller, which will reunite director David Fincher with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. [The Hollywood Reporter]

HBO also announced the name and premiere date for John Oliver’s weekly show: Last Week Tonight begins April 27th. [Deadline]

Lifetime may not be the go-to network for original dramatic programs — especially ones categorized as dystopian thrillers — but it picked up The Lottery, a show set “in a time when women stop having children.” Written by Children of Men‘s Timothy Sexton, it actually sounds intriguing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The future of Community is unknown, but Dan Harmon can take comfort in the knowledge that Rick and Morty, his quietly amazing Adult Swim sitcom, was renewed for a second season. [The Wrap]

The CW renewed The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Supernatural, Reign, and The Originals. [Deadline]

Weeds star Romany Malco will be the lead in Kevin Hart’s untitled ABC comedy about a recently divorced couple trying to stay friends. [TVLine]

Saving the best for last: Sharknado, arguably the best movie about a tornado made out of sharks, has cast its sequel. Sharknado 2: The Second One will star Vivica A. Fox, Andy Dick (of course), Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, Judd Hirsch, and Mark McGrath. I can only hope there is a slow-motion scene of sharks sailing through the sky set to Sugar Ray’s “Fly.” [Screen Rant]