Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘I Slept With a Celebrity,’ Bryan Cranston’s New Comedy


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, commoners sleep with celebrities, Lifetime films women giving birth in the woods, and the trailer for Sharknado 2.

Andy Cohen is shopping around the unscripted show I Slept With a Celebrity, in which guests (boring, normal people) gossip about — you guessed it — the celebrities they had the pleasure of sleeping with. How’s that for The Golden Age of Television? (IBTimes has already researched the legal repercussions.) [Variety]

SNL‘s Chris Parnell and Molly Shannon and Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown will guest on USA’s upcoming comedy Benched [THR]

Brian Dennehy will star in the Amazon Studios pilot Cocked, about a DC management consultant (Sam Trammell) and his estranged father (Dennehy). [Deadline]

Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC’s reality show about celebrities tracing their family tree while we watch, because why not?) will feature Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Graham, Cynthia Nixon, Valerie Bertinelli, and Rachel McAdams. The season premiere is July 23 at 9 PM. [The Wrap]

The Case Against 8, the documentary about Prop 8 and the fight for marriage equality in California, will premiere exclusively on HBO on Monday, June 23 at 9 PM. [HBO]

Sebastian De Souza (Skins) and Alexis Carra (Mixology) have joined ABC Family’s Recovery Road. [Deadline]

In other ABC Family news, the network has ordered a half-hour “musical comedy chronicling the stages of modern-day parenting” from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos because ABC Family has lost its mind. [Deadline]

Syfy released a short teaser trailer for Sharknado 2: The Second One in which a shark squashes a women on a Citi Bike (who, to be fair, was riding on the sidewalk).

DirectTV’s first scripted comedy, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, has cast two Enlisted alumni: Parker Young and Keith David. [THR]

Lifetime recently ordered a very strange mix of reality shows: Threads, about teen/tween fashion designers; Girlfriend Intervention, about four black women giving one white woman a stylish makeover; Kosher Soul, about the culture clash between O’Neal McKnight (“African American, from a very rural part of the south”) and Miriam Sternoff (“Jewish, from the northwest by way of upper-middle-class New York City”); and Born in the Wild, about women giving birth in the great outdoors. Sure, Lifetime! Why not! [THR]

Bravo also unveiled four reality shows. Finally, we get a TV title with a hashtag right in it: #obsessed. #obsessed features two best friends talking about the latest trends they are #obsessed with. The other three are Apres Ski (about world-class ski resorts), High Stakes Style (coaching budding beauty/fashion entrepreneurs), and Family Love (which follows a family of matchmakers). [Deadline]

Nickelodeon ordered 13 episodes of the animated comedy The Loud House, created by Chris Savino, about a boy with ten sisters. The show comes from Nick’s “Animated Shorts Program” and is the first to be developed from the 2013 entries. [Variety]

USA’s upcoming medical drama Rush has cast Harry Hamlin and Rachel Nichols. [THR]

HBO will observe the 70th anniversary of D-Day by airing all ten parts of Band Of Brothers, back-to-back, on June 6 from 9 AM to 8 PM. [HBO]

Bryan Cranston is developing the tongue-in-cheek Dangerous Book for Boys for TV. [Variety]

Laila Robins (Bored to Death) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards) joined Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland. Robins will be a series regular as Martha, “the United States Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” and Stoll will guest star as Sandy, “the CIA Chief of Station in Pakistan and a rising star in the Agency’s firmament.” Homeland will return in the fall. [Showtime]

Zuzanna Szadkowski, best known as Dorota from Gossip Girl, will appear on HBO’s Girls. [Vulture]