As it gets ready to launch new seasons of "Melissa & Joey" and "Baby Daddy," ABC Family recently announced that it has greenlit two new comedy pilots, "Kevin from Work" and "Tough Cookie," as part of its comedy expansion, following the second season renewal of "Young & Hungry" in September. Both pilots will go into production later this month, according to Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family.
The CW announced today during its portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena that it has given an early renewal to "Arrow," "Jane the Virgin," "Reign," "Supernatural," "The 100," "The Flash," "The Originals" and "The Vampire Diaries," all of which appeared on the network's fall 2014 schedule, for the 2015-2016 television season.
On the Monday, January 12 episode of NBCUniversal's "The Meredith Vieira Show," host Meredith Vieira will announce that the daytime talk show will be airing a full week of live shows during the week of January 19.
"All My Children" alum and frequent "Good Morning America" and "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent, Cameron Mathison, has signed on to star alongside Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives," "The Biggest Loser") in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of movies beginning with "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" (working title), which will premiere on the network in the spring.
Currently in production on its second season, Hallmark Channel announced last night during its Winter TCA Press Tour event that "General Hospital's" Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones) will join the cast as regulars in its original series "When Calls the Heart," set in a 19th century mining town and starring Lori Loughlin ("Full House," "Summerland"), Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing.
The series premiere of FOX's "Empire" on Wednesday night attracted 9.9 million viewers and a 3.8/10 in Adults 18-49, reports TVbytheNumbers, based on rush nationals ordered by the network. "Empire" now ties ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" for the highest rated series premiere of the season in the key sales demo.
There won't be a second season for MTV's "Happyland," which followed a group of teenagers working at a popular Disneyesque theme park as they prepare to segue into adulthood. The network has quietly canceled the half-hour series after a poorly rated first season, which began in September.
Now that "Days of our Lives" is no longer part of her daily grind, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami Brady) is taking the lead in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie franchise. Sweeney has been cast as Hannah Swensen in "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder," which is based on the New York Times best selling series of books by Joanne Fluke, reports Deadline.
Tuesday, January 6 marked the third season premiere of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's "The Haves and the Have Nots," created by Tyler Perry and starring "One Life to Live" alum Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williams) as seductress Candace Young, who has immersed herself into the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families. A record 3.22 million viewers tuned in to all the antics going down.
Fans of online series "Youthful Daze" will soon get a dose of "The Young and the Restless'" Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), when she debuts in upcoming episodes as Nicole Wallace, the mother of resident bad boy Randy Milhouse (Reese Mishler). Scott's character is described as being "calculated and waspy."
The second half of the fourth season of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" will include "General Hospital" alum Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry Jacks), who has been cast as King Stefan, Aurora's (Sarah Bolger) father who has a complicated past with Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), reports Entertainment Weekly.
The wait is almost over for the premiere of the new ABC.com original series, "GH Now," hosted by "General Hospital's" Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis). The series, which brings fans closer to their favorite Port Charles denizens than ever before, is set to premiere on ABC.com and the WATCH ABC app on Monday, January 12 with the first three of six episodes, reports TVLine.