Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon,’ ‘Veronica Mars’ Web Spinoff


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, The CW announces its fall lineup, Danny Boyle has a new show, and every network picks up a docuseries.

The biggest news this week is all about the 2014-2015 TV season — you can find a comprehensive guide here — and today The CW released trailers for its upcoming shows, including the awful-sounding “artificial insemination comedy” Jane the Virgin. [TV Line]

We also have new TBS trailers, and unfortunately, the Steve and Nancy Carell-created police comedy starring Rashida Jones look rough. [Splitsider]

TBS also (finally) canceled Men At Work and renewed Conan O’Brien’s contract through 2018.

SundanceTV picked up a new original series from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). Babylon, “a workplace satire set inside a modern police force” is set for a 2015 premiere, and I already can’t wait. [Vulture]

The Veronica Mars web spin-off that focuses on Ryan Hansen trying to get a Dick Casablancas spin-off will be called Play It Again, Dick. [Deadline]

FX canceled Chozen and FXX canceled Legit. [TV Line]

Community writer Andy Bobrow published a post on Medium about his writing and included both the original and a later version of the script for the wonderful “Mixology Certification” episode. [Medium]

Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight joined the Amazon show Hysteria, starring opposite Mena Suvari. [Deadline]

AMC released the first photo from Season 5 of The Walking Dead. The show returns in October. [AMC]

NBC will do a live production of Music Man at some point in the future. To hold us over, Peter Pan will premiere on December 4. [THR]

Marin Ireland (Homeland) will have a recurring role on HBO’s Girls next season as one of Hannah’s classmates. Her character, Logan, is described as “rich, sexual, beautiful but cold” which is definitely not a character that has ever been on TV, let alone on Girls. [Deadline]

Just after a great performance in Monday’s episode of Louie, Sarah Baker has exited The Odd Couple reboot, crushing everyone’s hopes of a Go On reunion. Georgia King has also left. [Deadline]

Football player Michael Sam will get his own docuseries on OWN. [THR]

Vh1 ordered the Tyra Banks-produced docuseries TransAmerica (working title) that will “follow a group of transgender Chicago women as they deal with dating, family and professional ambitions while living in the Windy City.” [Variety]

Docuseries #3: Foo Fighters will commemorate their eighth album and 20th anniversary with an HBO docuseries that will follow the group and document “the eight-city odyssey during which the record was created.” [HBO]