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, ABC announces premiere dates for its fall slate, Saturday Night Live announces firings, and Syfy premieres a trailer for 12 Monkeys.
‘Tis the season for Saturday Night Live casting shake-ups. We already knew that Nasim Pedrad was leaving for Fox’s upcoming sitcom Mulaney. This week, news broke that three others got the axe: Brooks Wheelan, John Milhiser, and Noël Wells. [EW]
ABC announced fall premiere dates. Of note: Wednesday’s comedies (The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and black-ish) premiere September 24; Shonda Rimes’ Powerhouse Thursdays (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder) start September 25; new comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story premiere September 30; and multi-cam Cristela begins October 10. [Deadline]
Sons of Anarchy will premiere Monday, September 10 with a supersize episode that will run an hour and 45 minutes. Immediately after, Chris Franjola will host a live post-show called Anarchy Afterward. [FX]
Due to the turmoil in Israel, FX’s Tyrant has moved production from Tel Aviv to Turkey, while USA’s Dig is on a production break. [TV Guide]
House of Cards‘ Kristen Connolly will replace Brianna Brown (True Blood) in The Whispers, ABC’s upcoming sci-fi series. [TVLine]
Yahoo is in talks to pick up Enlisted for a second season! [E!]
This week in YA novel adaptations: Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy about “a teenage actress in NYC who discovers she’s a Faerie princess from another realm who must embrace her heritage in time to save Earth” was optioned by Shaftesbury Films. [Deadline]
Lifetime renewed Little Women: LA for a second season. [Zap2It]
New Gotham teaser!
Spike TV announced an event series called The Crusaders. Per the press release, The Crusaders “takes place during the Third Crusade, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin’s armies, and centers on two very different knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for very different reasons. There, bound together in the crucible that is war, politics and betrayal, they will encounter and be forced to overcome, among others, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, the Hashshashin and ultimately their own personal demons.” It’s a surprising move for Spike, but maybe it’ll work. [Spike TV]
Logo will broadcast the unaired episodes of the wonderful cult hit Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. [A.V. Club]
USA picked up a pilot for a computer hacker drama called Mr. Robot (seriously) about “an anti-social computer programmer who finds he can only connect with other people by hacking into their personal lives.” [Variety]
The Big Bang Theory production is in limbo due to contract negotiations, as the cast holds out for more money. The salary increase could actually result in the three leads (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco) earning up to $1 million an episode, because life is ridiculous. [Deadline]
Speaking of bad CBS sitcoms, the straight men on Two and a Half Men will get married to each other in the season premiere so they can adopt a baby. [E!]
Dermot Mulroney joined Season 5 of Shameless in a major role. He’ll play a recovering addict and Fiona’s new manager at Patsy’s. Of course, it’s Fiona, so their relationship will mostly be full of sexual tension. [Showtime]
And finally, a trailer for Syfy’s 12 Monkeys adaptation. It doesn’t look bad!