'Awkward' Season 4 has a premiere date; 'Game of Thrones' alum joins FX's 'Hoke'

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awkward-sneak-peek.jpgNews and notes from around the TV world:

- MTV announced the premiere dates for new and returning comedies at the winter press tour on Friday (Jan. 10). "Awkward" Season 4 -- led by new showrunners Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler -- premieres with a special one hour episode on Tuesday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET. Senior year brings Jenna more boy trouble, drama with her friends, a new girl in town who has eyes for Matty, and even some cat fishing.

- "Game of Thrones" alum Oona Chaplin has a role in "Hoke," a pilot at FX starring Paul Giamatti, who plays a middle-aged homicide detective in early 80s Miami. Other cast additions include Robert Wisdom ( "The Wire") and John Caroll Lynch ( "Body of Proof").

- The season premiere of the coming-of-age comedy series from Carter Covington, "Faking It," airs on Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET. The new comedy revolves around two best friends who will do almost anything to fit in and be popular in high school, including pretending to be something they are not. "House of Food," a one hour cooking competition reality series where a group of young aspiring chefs with no formal culinary training are put to the ultimate challenge, will premiere Monday, March 31 at 10 p.m. ET.

- Meghan McCain, who headlined Pivot's series "Raising McCain" last year, is staying with the network. She's joining the channel's news/talk show "TakePart Live," alongside co-host Jacob Soboroff. She's slated to take her place in the spring.

- Comedy Central is getting a new animated comedy series. The network has approved a 10-episode order for "Moonbeam City," which is described as "an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s." The animated series has an impressive lineup of voice actors: Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Mara and Will Forte. Lowe plays detective Dazzle Novak, a "handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals." Lowe plays his "tyrannical chief" Pizzaz Miller, while Forte is "hotshot rookie" Rad Cunningham. [ Deadline]

- HBO and Ryan Murphy are already preparing a sequel to "The Normal Heart," the movie chronicling the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s that premieres in May. Stars Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Jim Parsons are expected to return, along with executive producers Larry Kramer, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner and Dante DiLoreto. Murphy will also return as director. [ THR]

- Expect to see a lot more Darren Aronofsky at HBO. The "Noah" director has set up his first TV deal, and decided to turn to the "Game of Thrones" network to do so. His Protozoa Pictures will develop material for him to direct. "It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true," he says in a statement. [ Deadline]
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