Your Weekly TV News Roundup: David Simon Returns to HBO, ‘The League’ Gets a Premiere Date


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: Jim Gaffigan finally gets a sitcom, two networks try out alien dramas, and casting news for Girls, The Blacklist, and others.

David Simon will adapt Lisa Belkin’s Show Me a Hero into a six-hour miniseries. It will star Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, a young Yonkers mayor who gets thrown into the middle of a racial controversy centered around low-income housing units. The series will also star Catherine Keener. Paul Haggis (Crash) will direct every episode. [Variety]

The Blacklist has enlisted two of our favorite actresses for Season 2: Weeds‘ Mary-Louise Parker and Don’t Trust The B ‘s Krysten Ritter.

After a few years of trying, Jim Gaffigan’s sitcom finally (thankfully) has a home! In fact, it has two homes. TV Land officially ordered ten episodes and, a week after airing there, each episode will then air on Comedy Central. Michael Ian Black, Ashley Williams, and Adam Goldberg also star. [EW]

It’s a good thing TV Land picked up Gaffigan’s show, because there’s a gap on the schedule after axing the abysmal Kirstie, a show in which Kirstie Alley played a character not named Kirstie. [THR]

Season 6 of The League will begin Wednesday, September 3 on FXX and consist of 13 episodes. [FXX]

Jenny Slate will guest star on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a mob mistress! [TVLine]

Girls star Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! production on December 4. Christopher Walken has already been cast as Captain Hook. [Vulture]

TNT renewed Cold Justice for Season 3. [Deadline]

Spike Jonze will be in Season 4 of Girls, because Girls is casting everyone you love (Natasha Lyonne, Gillian Jacobs). [TVLine]

Here’s a sneak preview clip from The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode. It looks terrible, but hey, to their credit, they made it a full minute before inserting a shitty rape joke.

Glee‘s Lea Michele booked a guest stint in the upcoming season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy as a single mother/waitress. Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love will also appear in what will be the show’s final season (though Kurt Sutter has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV). [TV Guide]

Production on The Big Bang Theory has been postponed as the main stars still continue with contract negotiations. My advice to the actors: Keep holding out. Let’s hope they postpone the show for years. [Deadline]

Ethan Embry and Brooklyn Decker were cast in Netflix’s Grace & Frankie which is already our favorite show even though it hasn’t premiered yet. [Deadline]

There are two alien dramas in the works. First is Syfy’s Absolute Zero about a futuristic alien invasion and second is USA’s Colony, from Lost‘s Carlton Cuse, about a family struggling to stick together and survive during an invasion. Let’s hope Cuse makes up for his disastrous The Strain.

Comedy Central’s Big Time in Hollywood, Florida now has a few actors attached: Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Madsen, and Keith David. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a fictionalized version of himself, and I’m already on board. [A.V. Club]