News 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).
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"
Oona Chaplin has a role in
a pilot at FX starring
, who plays a middle-aged homicide detective in early 80s Miami. Other cast additions include
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
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:
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. [
- HBO and
are already preparing a sequel to "The Normal Heart," the movie chronicling the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s that premieres in May. Stars
Mark Ruffalo and
Jim Parsons are expected to return, along with executive producers
Larry Kramer, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner
. Murphy will also return as director. [
- Expect to see a lot more
Darren Aronofsky at HBO. The
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. [