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, Jada Pinkett Smith heads to Gotham, CSI discovers the internet, and VH1 gets naked.
RuPaul’s Drag Race was renewed for a seventh season before the sixth even premiered. [Deadline]
Jada Pinkett Smith recently joined the ever-expanding Batman prequel Gotham cast as a villain: sadistic gangster Fish Mooney. [Variety]
Jon Heder signed on to the Fox comedy Here’s Your Damn Family, about a 30-year-old who lives at home with his mother (Jane Kaczmarek!). His character is a “rare combination of intense intelligence and sloth-like underachievement,” like the majority of fictional characters still living at home. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Paget Brewster was cast in the ABC sitcom Saint Francis. The show, penned by Christopher Moynihan of one-season wonders Man Up and 100 Questions, will also star Michael Imperioli. [TV Line]
VH1, a network that never knows what the hell it’s doing, has greenlit a reality dating show where the contestants are all naked. I suppose the show is about people learning how to be completely open while finding their true loves, but let’s be honest: VH1 just couldn’t pass up the title Naked Dating. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Another CSI spin-off! This one is centered on “cyber crimes,” which means that maybe, if you subtweet enough, your Twitter account can be the star of a CSI episode. [Entertainment Weekly]
Are you also still missing Happy Endings? Elisha Cuthbert will be the female lead in Ellen DeGeneres’ highly anticipated pilot One Big Happy. [Deadline]
Because I’m embarrassingly excited about this: The WWE Network launches this Monday! WWE announced the lineup today, and it includes pre-shows and “best-of” programs for both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, WrestleMania Rewind, Legends’ House (The Real World but with aging wrestlers), a video-on-demand library, and more. [Cageside Seats]
Kal Penn will reunite with House creator David Shore for the CBS drama Battle Creek, originally created in 2002 by Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan. [Deadline]
In other House alum news, Lisa Edelstein will star in Bravo’s scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Taking a cue from rom-coms everywhere, the show is about a bestselling author who has to rejoin the single life in her 40s. Ten bucks says she’ll try online dating, poorly attempt a one-night stand, and hook up with someone much younger within the first season. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Supernatural spin-off Supernatural: Tribes has cast Lucien Laviscount (Skins) and Nathanial Buzolic (The Vampire Diaries). The spin-off, about “various mafia-esque monster families,” seems like a good show to watch if you’ve ever wanted to get into Supernatural but were, like me, intimidated by the amount of episodes. It will air as a Supernatural episode on April 29. [The Wrap]
Selfie is my most anticipated comedy for a few reasons: It’s a modern version of My Fair Lady; it’s from Emily Kapnek, who created the underrated Suburgatory; and, well, it’s titled Selfie. It was recently announced that Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan will play the lead character, Eliza Dooley. [AV Club]
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