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Medical drama show Grey’s Anatomy (2005-current) might be without Sara Ramirez’s Callie Torres next season, but it’s keeping its biggest stars – Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and James Pickens Jr (Richard Webber) have inked new deals to stay on the show. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo.
American Crime (2015-current) might have a new storyline and new characters each season, but series star Regina King has confirmed she’s going nowhere. The actress has agreed to appear in the upcoming third season of the anthology crime drama, which will be set in North Carolina.
Two-time Emmy winner for Breaking Bad (2008-2013) Anna Gunn has been enlisted by cop drama Shades Of Blue (2016-current) to play a corrupt politician in season 2. And that’s not the only cast change – Gino Anthony Pesi (James) has been made a full cast member, while Lieutenant Wozniak’s wife Linda has been recast. Lolita Davidovich has quit the show due to a scheduling conflict and has been replaced by former Gossip Girl (20072012) actress Margaret Colin, who played Eleanor. Anna Gunn is joining Shades Of Blue.
We hope you like reality TV, as there’s a lot more coming your way. Lifetime has renewed two of its most popular series Little Women: Atlanta (2016-current) for season 2 and Little Women LA (2014-current) for season 5, while Duck Dynasty (2012-current) is getting a 10th season and Cake Boss (2009-current) will have a supersized season 9. Also renewed are medical talkshow The Dr Oz Show (2009-current) for three more years, taking it to its 10th season in 2019, plus ITV talkshow The Jonathan Ross Show (2011current), which will return in 2017 for season 12, a little later than normal as presenter Jonathan Ross plans to travel around the US. It’s looking good for dramas too! Nashville (2012-current), Transparent (2014-current) and UnREAL (2015-current) are getting more seasons, while historical drama Outlander (2014-current) has been renewed for not one but two more years. Meanwhile, sci-fi clone drama Orphan Black (2013-current) is getting a fifth and final season to air next year, while sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-current) is being revived for a ninth season.
Young & Restless (1973-current) fans will be seeing a lot less of Summer Newman now that actress Hunter King’s small part on sitcom Life In Pieces (2015-current), which has yet to air in SA, has been upgraded to a full-time role for season 2. Instead of recasting or firing the actress, the soapie has decided to reduce her role to a recurring one, but this could change as Y&R has a new executive producer, so major changes are inevitable.
Empire’s (2015-current) third season just got a little more star-studded now that rapper/actor Xzibit’s role as Lucious Lyon’s rival Shyne Johnson has been increased. He’ll be a fulltime cast member in the new season, which starts in September.
And in other cool casting news, Wilmer Valderrama, who’s best known as Fez in sitcom That ’70s Show (1998-2006), has joined NCIS’s (2003-current) upcoming 14th season as a new field agent with a complicated past and a short fuse, while John Stamos has a new TV job. The Grandfathered (20152016) star has signed on to play a secretive surgeon is season 2 of horror comedy Scream Queens (2015-current).
Comic book-based TV series are in the spotlight again with the announcement that Superman is coming back to TV, but only briefly. Former Teen Wolf (2011-current) hunk Tyler Hoechlin (Derek) will play the Man Of Steel in the first two episodes of season 2 of Supergirl (2015-current). He’s the fourth actor to play Superman on TV. Meanwhile, Batman prequel series Gotham (2014-current) is recasting the role of villain Poison Ivy, who will be aged up for the upcoming third season.
Former 007 Daniel Craig is coming to TV with a lead role in two-season limited-run drama Purity, based on the 2015 novel by Jonathan Franzen. The 20-part series will air over two years, probably from 2017 and Craig will play Andreas, the charismatic German leader of Sunlight Project, a political organisation that’s a lot like WikiLeaks. Daniel Craig is heading to TV.