Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Matthew Perry Reboots ‘Odd Couple,’ Key & Peele Join ‘Fargo’


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, Matthew Perry attempts another sitcom, Key and Peele head to Fargo, and The CW takes on artificial insemination.

Matthew Perry’s Odd Couple reboot officially has a pilot order at CBS. Perry, The One With a Million Sitcom Chances, will star as Oscar Madison (Felix Unger has yet to be cast). He is also a co-writer and executive producer. [Entertainment Weekly]

FYI, formerly Bio, has announced the shows that will help relaunch the network on July 7. One is called Tiny House Nation, and I know it won’t live up to the image I have in my mind (people gleefully stomping on tiny houses, pretending to be Godzilla). [The Hollywood Reporter]

Justin Long has signed on to Fox’s Sober Companion as a, well, sober companion. [Deadline]

Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live on March 8, with musical guest The National, so it’s probably a good idea to just stay off the internet that night. [Deadline]

Rashida Jones’ real parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, will play her fake parents on the TBS comedy Tribeca, written by married couple Steve and Nancy Carell. [AV Club]

Bates Motel is the latest to get the after-show treatment with Bates Motel: After Hours, because if there’s one show that requires discussion, it’s the sort of Psycho adaptation that no one knew was even renewed for a second season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

My favorite casting news of the week: both Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will have recurring roles in FX’s upcoming adaptation of Fargo! They will play FBI partners chasing down Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). You know what, let’s just add Key and Peele to every show from now on. [Variety]

Larry Wilmore, best known for The Daily Show (and less known for writing some Sister, Sister episodes, though I think that’s equally admirable) will guest star on USA’s upcoming Playing House. The comedy stars the underrated duo of Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, already has a dream list of guest stars (Andy Daly, Jason Mantzoukas, Bobby Moynihan, and, hey, Keegan-Michael Key!), and could be a breakout comedy series for a network primarily known for its pun-filled dramas. [The Wrap]

Vh1 announced a ten-episode order of the drama series Hindsight. Hindsight will allow the network to once again love the ’90s, as the plot revolves around a woman who is gearing up to get married when she time-travels back 15 years. Seems like a lot of work to avoid a wedding. [The Wrap]

Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl, Buffy) and Julie White (Go On) have both joined Maggie Lawson for CBS wedding comedy Save the Date. [The Wrap]

BET’s first original scripted drama, Being Mary Jane, is the best soapy guilty pleasure that you haven’t been watching. Fortunately, plenty of other people have (the finale had at least 5.8 million total viewers) and the Gabrielle Union-starring show was renewed for a second season. It’s good! Watch it! [The Wrap]

The CW’s drama pilot Jane the Virgin has found its lead, Bold and the Beautiful actress Gina Rodriguez. She’ll play the titular character who is — are you ready for this insane mix of words? — “a hard-working, religious young Latina woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated.” Accidentally artificially inseminated! What in the world is happening on the CW? [TV Line]