Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Orphan Black’ Renewed, Syfy Orders ‘The Magicians’ Pilot


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, a few great books are getting TV adaptations, Sean Hayes will return to primetime (again), and Taye Diggs joins The Good Wife.

BBC America renewed Orphan Black for a third season (slightly softening the blow of Tatiana Maslany being overlooked for an Emmy) that will consist of ten episodes and air this fall. Broadchurch also got a renewal. [Variety]

Syfy has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel The Magicians. In The Magicians, which is the first in a trilogy, a group of New York City 20-somethings discover a world of magic. The pilot is being written by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural). [Deadline]

Gillian Flynn’s first novel, Sharp Objects, is also getting a TV adaptation, with Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as showrunner. [THR]

One more book-to-series adaptation: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will bring the young adult prehistoric book series The Clan of the Cave Bear to Lifetime. The networked ordered a pilot that will be written by Linda Woolverton (Maleficent). [Variety]

Marin Ireland has joined Masters of Sex, and Sam Waterston has joined Netflix’s upcoming comedy Grace and Frankie. [Deadline]

Glee‘s final season will only have 13 episodes. [THR]

Watch a trailer for BBC Two’s miniseries The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Sean Hayes’ sitcom Sean Saves The World was canceled a while ago, but he’ll still be on TV this fall, now that he’s joined the cast of The Millers as a season regular. [EW]

Brandon Routh (best known as Superman) has been cast as The Atom in The CW’s Arrow. [TVLine]

Taye Diggs will take a break from following everyone on Twitter for a guest stint on Season 6 of The Good Wife. [EW]

For some reasons, Temptation Island is being revived in Italy. [Deadline]

This has the potential to be very interesting: Investigation Discovery will be the home of Vanity Fair‘s first TV series, Vanity Fair Confidential. The one-hour show will be based on Vanity Fair’s true-crime investigative articles. [Variety]

The popular Australian sitcom Neighbours will premiere on Hulu on July 14! [Hulu]