TV news for this week #Haven has a return date; #Empire gets Pitbull; #Prisonbreak and more

TV news you can use!

The TCA (Television Critics Association) Awards were this week and I really want to talk about TV!  A lot of news came out this week! But I will make this brief.

Casting News

According to Time, Season 2 of ‘Empire‘ will feature guest star appearances by Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Common,  Oprah. and Pitbull  (

Peter Gallagher  (Covert Affairs; Rescue Me)  joins the cast of the Emmy award-winning ‘The Good Wife‘. in a recurring role. according to Deadline

‘Modern Family’ recast “Joe” Pritchatt for the third time. After Pierce Wallace played Joe for the last two seasons, Jeremy Maguire will take over in season 7. (deadline)

Renewals and cancellations:

The much acclaimed ‘The Strain‘ has been renewed by FX for a third season. If you are not watching ‘The Strain‘ you are doing TV wrong! (via TVbytheNumbers)

Bitten‘ has been picked up for season 3 by SyFy. According to TVLine the new season will air in 2016 (

Netfix renews The Wachowskis’ Sense 8‘. It has received great critical acceptance (but since I don’t have Netflix, I don’t have a comment on the show.) Deadline link

Prison Break‘ is coming back to FOX, because we all asked for it. Much like ‘24‘ ‘Prison Break‘ will be a limited series that forgets all of the cannon it was built on, but has most of its original cast back.

Louis C.K. is taking another extended hiatus from TV.  According to AV Club, the length of his break is unknown, but FOX CEO John Landgraf says he is welcome back anytime.

Knock Knock Live‘ The show starring Ryan Seacrest, was axed after two episodes because nobody watches TV or answers their door anymore.

FXX has picked up the animated series ‘Cassius and Clay’ A little pessimistic about this one. As much as I love animated series, a little skeptical here but FXX has a way with animated series! ‘I will hold my breath!

Premiere dates of excitement:

FX announced the return dates of ‘AHS: Hotel‘ and ‘Fargo‘ plus the premiere date of Kurt Sutters (‘SOA’) ‘Bastard Executioner‘. AHS returns October 7th; Fargo returns October 12th and ‘Bastard Executioner‘ premiers September 15. (Deadline)

SyFy finally sets a return date for ‘Haven‘. After the cliff hanger that ‘Haven‘ season 5a left us with, the final part of the series will begin October 8th. I am more than a ‘Haven‘ fan, but a junkie, so happy for 5b, but horribly saddened for it to end.

Continuum‘ will return on SyFy September 11th for its shortened six episode final season.

TV trailers of interest:

Continuum season 4

Haven‘ season 5b

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