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Stana Katic may have been fired from de­tec­tive series Cas­tle (2009-2016), but that hasn’t stopped her from do­ing what she does best on TV: solv­ing crimes. Stana’s signed on as the lead in up­com­ing 10-episode crime thriller Ab­sen­tia, play­ing an FBI agent who dis­ap­pears while hunt­ing a se­rial killer, only to be found six years later with no mem­ory of what hap­pened to her. The twist? She’s now a sus­pect in a series of mur­ders and she must race to clear her name in time.

Other new TV shows com­ing our way in­clude a Net­flix adap­ta­tion of LM Mont­gomery’s clas­sic novel Anne Of Green Gables, a TV re­boot of the 1998 Will Smith and Gene Hack­man spy thriller En­emy Of The State that will be set decades after the events of the movie, and a Candy Crush Saga-themed TV series. Yes, re­ally! The pop­u­lar smart­phone game is be­ing turned into a gameshow where teams must use their “wits and phys­i­cal agility to com­pete on enor­mous, in­ter­ac­tive game boards fea­tur­ing next gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy”. The gameshow’s host has yet to be an­nounced.

Hit Net­flix fan­tasy series Stranger Things (2016-cur­rent) has made the piv­otal char­ac­ters of Will (Noah Sch­napp) and Steve (Joe Keery) full-time cast mem­bers for next year’s su­per-sized sea­son 2, as well as adding two new char­ac­ters: a tomboy school­girl with a com­pli­cated past and her charis­matic but vi­o­lent older step-brother.

Jack­son Rath­bone (best known as Jasper in the Twi­light film series from 2008 to 2012) is re­turn­ing to TV with a ma­jor re­cur­ring role in sea­son 4 of ac­tion show The Last Ship (2014-cur­rent). He’ll play a wealthy, power-hun­gry, trou­ble-caus­ing GreekAmer­i­can play­boy who stirs things up with his ar­ro­gance.

Carol Bur­nett and Amy Poehler work­ing to­gether on a new sit­com? It’s hap­pen­ing and it marks mul­ti­ple-Emmy win­ner Carol’s re­turn to a scripted TV com­edy after her hit sketch com­edy The Carol Bur­nett Show (1967-1878). The po­ten­tial series (only a pi­lot is in the works so far) is about a dif­fi­cult age­ing ac­tress (Carol) who is forced to live with a fam­ily in their dream home.

Poehler won’t star in the show as she’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing it.

We’re go­ing to be see­ing a lot more of singers Adam Levine, Ali­cia Keys and Blake Shel­ton now that re­al­ity singing com­pe­ti­tion The Voice (2011-cur­rent) has been re­newed for not one, but two more sea­sons, with Mi­ley Cyrus and Gwen Ste­fani al­ter­nat­ing the fourth judge role for sea­sons 12 and 13. Re­al­ity fans will also be get­ting more sea­sons of gay bach­e­lor hunt Find­ing Prince Charm­ing (2016cur­rent), Mar­ried At First Sight (2014-cur­rent), The Rap Game (2016-cur­rent) and spe­cial ef­fects make-up com­pe­ti­tion Face Off (2011-cur­rent) that will kick off its first All-Stars sea­son in Jan­uary 2017. Also get­ting re­newed

are hor­ror series The Walk­ing Dead (2010-cur­rent) and Scream (2015-cur­rent), crime drama Bosch (2014-cur­rent), gameshow Whose Line Is It Any­way? (2013-cur­rent) and sit­coms Young & Hun­gry (2014-cur­rent) and Dif­fi­cult Peo­ple (2015-cur­rent).

For­mer Mistresses (20132016) star Alyssa Mi­lano has lit­tle time for hob­bies these days. The ac­tress is cur­rently work­ing on two series: she’ll play a top-se­cret role on Net­flix sit­com Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer: First Day Of Camp (2015-cur­rent) sea­son 2 op­po­site Bradley Cooper, El­iz­a­beth Banks and new cast mem­ber Mark Feuer­stein (Hank in med­i­cal drama Royal Pains, 2009-2016) and as well as adapt­ing her own graphic novel Hack­tivist for TV. The two-part graphic novel series is about two friends who own a mas­sive global so­cial net­work­ing com­pany and then join forces with the CIA.

On The Walk­ing Dead, Lau­rie Holden’s char­ac­ter An­drea dealt with hordes of un­dead zom­bie mon­sters, plus a few hu­man bad­dies too. So Lau­rie should have lit­tle prob­lem deal­ing with Rus­sian spies and love games when she joins the up­com­ing fifth sea­son of drama show The Amer­i­cans (2013-cur­rent). Lau­rie will play the re­cur­ring role of Re­nee, a love in­ter­est for Noah Em­merich’s char­ac­ter Stan Bee­man.

Alyssa Mi­lano will be re­turn­ing to screens with two shows.

Jack­son Rath­bone is join­ing The Last Ship.

Stana Katic is shoot­ing her way onto TV with a new ac­tion show.

Act­ing icon Carol Bur­nett is mak­ing a TV come­back.

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