Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Gotham’ Casts Bruce Wayne, E! Goes Royal


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, Bob’s Burgers gets an album deal, MasterChef Junior gets two more seasons, and VH1 gets the awful lineup that it deserves.

Answering all of our wishes, Loren Bouchard recently confirmed that Bob’s Burgers will release an album of songs from the show. It won’t be out until the fall, but it’s already my favorite album of the decade. [Behind Bob’s Burgers]

Another week, another batch of Gotham-related casting news. We finally have our young Batman: David Mazouz, of the short-lived drama Touch. Gotham also cast Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle (better known as Catwoman). [The Hollywood Reporter]

truTV (which is tied with SyFy for worst stylized network name) ordered ten episodes of its first sketch show. The network has previously talked about expanding its programming to include comedy — ahem, “comedic reality” — and Friends of the People is its first big step. A sketch show is a jarring move for a network that was once only known for its popular coverage of the Menendez brothers trial, but I’m all for more comedy on TV. [Variety]

VH1 announced a ton of new programs this week. In addition to the White Girls of Rap reality show, the lineup includes shows about everything from Nick Carter’s relationship with his fiancée to DNA testing to college kids doing the walk of shame. [VH1]

Timbaland has signed on for Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer’s Fox hip hop-centric drama pilot, Empire. The pilot had previously cast Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. [Deadline]

More MasterChef Junior! Although the second season has yet to premiere, Fox has already renewed the show for a third. It’s great news if you love to watch adorable children expertly make elaborate meals that you haven’t even heard of. [The Hollywood Reporter]

E! has ordered its first scripted series: The Royals. Starring Elizabeth Hurley, the show “is an hourlong drama that explores a fictional British Royal family set in modern-day London.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

TBS ordered a pilot from creators of Will & Grace. The comedy is about a group of high school friends working in a barbershop in Massachusetts. It doesn’t sound like comedic gold, but TBS will probably keep it on for at least three seasons. [The Wrap]

Patricia Arquette will be the lead in the CSI spinoff about cyberpsychologists solving cyber crimes on the cyber web. [Deadline]

Julia Stiles will return to television, but unfortunately not in an ABC Family teen drama based on Save The Last Dance. Instead, she’ll star in the TNT legal drama Guilt by Association. [AV Club]

The newest celebrity to get a reality show is Leah Remini. TLC ordered 12 episodes about Remini and her family — including an “opinionated mother” and “eccentric stepfather,” who are sure to cause some zany conflicts. [Deadline]