Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to TV, Natasha Lyonne Joins ‘Girls’


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, Sarah Jessica Parker returns to TV, Downton Abbey gets a Season 5 promo, and Natasha Lyonne joins Girls.

Sarah Jessica Parker is expected to star in Busted, a series about two investigative journalists from the producers of True Detective. It would be Parker’s first regular series since Sex and the City ended. [EW]

The CW announced premiere dates for the fall. Of note are The Vampire Diaries and Reign on October 1, The Flash and Supernatural on October 7, and Jane the Virgin on October 13. [Deadline]

AMC renewed Turn for a second season. [EW]

PJ Bryne (The Wolf of Wall Street) has joined Martin Scorsese’s untitled HBO rock ‘n’ roll pilot. Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, and Emma Koskoff are all executive producers. The pilot already stars Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde. [Deadline]

Showtime gave a pilot order to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements. The show “centers around Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif.” [Showtime]

More Daredevil casting news: The Hunger Games’ Elden Henson will play Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdock’s best friend. Last week, Rosario Dawson was cast in an unknown but “important” role. [Deadline]

Project Greenlight now has a promo for its return to TV featuring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon being charming (as always) and explaining how to become part of the show.

Natasha Lyonne will guest star on Season 4 of Girls as a character named “Rickey,” but no further details have been announced. [TVLine]

Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, based on his own 2009 film, got a 13-episode anthology series at Starz. [THR]

Season 4 of Web Therapy will feature Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham, and Calista Flockhart, Jon Hamm, Matthew Perry, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more. Web Therapy premieres October 22 and 11 PM. [Showtime]

TLC ordered six episodes of Escaping Alaska, a scripted show that follows Eskimos who want to escape from Alaska and head to San Diego. According to The Wrap, “Their new experiences will include new jobs, dating and challenging their traditional upbringings. In the end, they’ll each make the decision to return home or continue their lives within the contiguous 48 states of the US” [The Wrap]

Finally, a short promo for Downton Abbey Season 5.