Hugh Jackman returns to the Tony Awards; Victoria Justice's 'Eye Candy' picked up at MTV
- After a nine-year absence, Hugh Jackman will return as host of the Tony Awards. Jackman hosted the awards honoring Broadway's finest for three consecutive years from 2003-05, winning an Emmy for his work on the 2004 telecast. The 68th annual Tonys will air June 8 on CBS.
- MTV's continuing to expand its original series portfolio with the 10-episode pick-up of thriller drama "Eye Candy." From "Insidious" producer Jason Blum, the series stars Victoria Justice as tech whiz Lindy, who, after suspecting an online suitor may be a cyber stalker, begins working with hackers to solve murders in Manhattan while unleashing her own brand of justice. [ Deadline]
- "24" alum Annie Wersching has joined the cast of CBS' summer series "Extant." Wersching, who also stars in Amazon's pilot "Bosch," will have a recurring part in the Halle Berry-led "Extant" as a member of the board of a high-tech conglomerate.
- Speaking of "Bosch": Its lead actor, Titus Welliver, will guest-star in the final two episodes of TNT's new series "The Last Ship," about the crew of a Navy destroyer that's among the few survivors of a global pandemic. Welliver initially signed on to the show's pilot but had to drop out for personal reasons. The series premieres in June. [ TVLine]
- A&E is super-sizing its new show "Wahlburgers." The cable channel has ordered 18 new episodes of the docu-series starring Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, their brother Paul and their mom, Alma, as they try to grow their burger-restaurant business. The show has gotten off to a good start in the ratings, averaging 3.5 million viewers over its first few episodes.
- Anthony Anderson will host the 45th NAACP Image Awards, which are set to air Saturday, Feb. 22 on TV One. Presenters at the awards include Lupita Nyong'o, Tyler Perry, Arsenio Hall, Gabrielle Union, Tony Goldwyn, Regina Hall, Octavia Spencer, Archie Panjabi, Rickey Smiley, Nicole Beharie and Louis Gossett Jr.
- TNT will lead into Season 3 of "Dallas" with a 25-hour marathon of every episode from Seasons 1 and 2. The marathon starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT Feb. 23 and runs up to the Season 3 premere at 9 p.m. Feb. 24.
- For fans hoping to catch up on all the Big Apple drama before Season 6 of "Real Housewives of New York City" returns after a year-long break, Bravo will be streaming every Season 5 episode online. The episodes will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to head to Bravotv.com for the full schedule.