Your Weekly TV News Roundup: HBO Picks Up Issa Rae’s Pilot, Netflix Releases ‘Daredevil’ Trailer


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: two Trophy Wife alumni join new shows, Issa Rae gets a pilot order from HBO, and The CW orders some very CW-esque dramas.

Issa Rae’s (The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl) pilot Insecure, co-created by Larry Wilmore, received an official order from HBO. [Deadline]

Bravo renewed Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, the surprisingly clever and refreshing original series starring Lisa Edelstein, for a second season of 13 episodes. [Deadline]

Michaela Watkins, of the dearly departed Trophy Wife, has joined Jason Reitman’s Hulu original series Casual about a newly divorced woman (Watkins) and her bachelor brother, who live together and raise her 16-year-old daughter. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Malin Akerman, also of Trophy Wife, joined Billions, the Showtime pilot starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. [EW]

CBS pulled the Boston-centric comedy The McCarthys from its schedule due to poor ratings (or retaliation for the Patriots winning the Super Bowl), meaning the show will likely be canceled. The sitcom will be replaced with reruns of The Big Bang Theory. [TVLine]

Netflix released a Daredevil trailer!

Always a few steps behind its peers (but getting better!), The CW finally picked up a few new shows this week. In addition to the previously reported Tales from the Darkside reboot, Dead People, and Cordon, The CW picked up the most CW-sounding series ever: Cheerleader Death Camp. From Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry, the thriller is about a former CIA agent turned teacher who trains his students to be agents. [A.V. Club]

Fox ordered a totally original pilot about 20-somethings just trying to be 20-somethings. Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life is about friends figuring things out and making mistakes in their post-collegiate lives. [Deadline]

USA picked up ten episodes of Colony, a thriller from Lost‘s Carlton Cuse. Starring Josh Holloway (also of Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Colony takes place in the near future and focuses on a family who “must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together with trying to survive.” Eh, maybe it only looks boring on paper. [Variety]

NBC is planning to air a Chicago Med episode of Chicago Fire as a backdoor spinoff pilot. Much like the other spinoff Chicago PD, which also began as a backdoor pilot, Chicago Med will be an ensemble drama about a group of medical professionals in Chicago. The network will decide whether or not the pilot will go to series in May. [Deadline]

After just one aired episode of Season 2, underrated drama Being Mary Jane has been renewed by BET for a third season. [THR]