Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Megan Mullally Returns to Pawnee, WE tv Actually Picks Up ‘Sex Box’


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, Megan Mullally returns to Parks and Recreation, HBO and Fox both pick up musical comedies, and just about everything gets renewed!

There were a ton of renewals this week, so let’s just get that out of the way: FX’s The Strain, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, Showtime’s Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan, MTV’s Finding Carter, Hulu’s The Awesomes, and Sundance’s Rectify will all get another season. So much to look forward to next year; so much to keep ignoring next year.

Comedy Central ordered an animated pilot for the popular Twitter account @DadBoner which is… iffy news, at best. It’s a great account but may not translate well to TV — and we all saw how bad the Shit My Dad Says adaptation was. [Vulture]

Eva Longoria will have a three-episode arc on the upcoming season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is set to return on September 28. Patton Oswalt will also return to the show. [TVLine]

Other fall casting news: Bow Wow will be a series regular in CSI: Cyber as a hacker trying to avoid jail time, Bailee Madison will guest star in Mulaney as the teen version of John Mulaney, and Tony Shalhoub joined the cast of Nurse Jackie.

TBS will air the first season of CBS’ Mom for four weeks, starting Monday, August 25 at 7:30 PM — which would be a smart way to get new viewers if everyone wasn’t already watching FXX’s every Simpsons ever marathon. [TBS]

ABC is developing a series based on Castle‘s fictional novels written by Castle‘s fictional titular character. ABC might be running out of ideas. [Variety]

Watch: Season 4 teaser trailer for Homeland.

The new season of American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere on FX on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM. [FX]

Scott Adsit (30 Rock) has joined the cast of AMC’s We Hate Paul Revere. The half-hour comedy takes place in colonial Boston and stars Ron Livingston as Paul Revere. Adsit will play Sam Adams. [Deadline]

NBC canceled Welcome the Engels, making it the only of NBC’s summer series that won’t be granted a second season. [Deadline]

Best news of the week: Megan Mullally will one again return to Pawnee in Parks and Recreation‘s final season. [TVLine]

Sex Box is actually happening! Earlier this year, WEtv ordered a pilot for Sex Box, an adaptation of the British show where couples have sex in a box (obviously) and then discuss it with a panel (apparently there are people who are experts in box sex). Today, the network picked up the show for a nine-episode season that will air next year. [Deadline]

Two networks picked up musical comedies this week: HBO’s Sing With Me “revolves around three generations of women living in Los Angeles” and Fox’s The Sound of The Sumners is an “honest exploration of a contemporary family featuring a unique musical element.” [Deadline]