'The Walking Dead' goes into syndication; 'Shark Tank' gets a Thursday tryout
- "The Walking Dead" is coming to broadcast TV. AMC's megahit will go into syndication in fall 2014 via the MyNetworkTV programming service. MyNet will air back-to-back episodes from earlier seasons of "TWD" on a weeknight to be determined later.
- ABC is planning to test "Shark Tank" in the Thursday at 8 p.m. waters by setting a special airing of the hit reality series in the troubled timeslot on April 10. The network is billing it as a "two-night event" -- another episode will air in the show's regular timeslot the following night. The Thursday 8 p.m. hour has been a black hole for ABC in recent years. [ THR]
- Netflix has picked up a new original series. "Grace and Frankie" stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as "long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their marital circumstances": Their respective husbands announce they're in love with each other and plan to get married, leaving them with nowhere to to turn but to each other. The 13-episode series will debut in 2015.
- Sony's PlayStation video game console is the latest digital platform to enter into the original programming fray. Its first series is a defunct FX project based on the graphic novel "Powers." Produced by PlayStation sibling Sony Pictures TV, the hour-long drama has a 10-episode order. The noirish "Powers" centers on Christian Walker, a former superhero who lost his powers and is now a homicide detective, and his new partner, Deena Pilgrim. No start date or cast for the series has been announced. [ Deadline]
- Fred Armisen has landed a new show at IFC, and he's bringing his former "SNL" co-stars Bill Hader and Seth Meyers along for the ride. They're executive producing "American Documentary," an anthology of half-hour bios of prominent political figures, athletes and celebrities -- all of whom are entirely fictional. IFC has also picked up new seasons of "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and "The Birthday Boys" and ordered a show called "American Storage" starring Rob Heubel and based on a 2006 short film of the same name.
- Victor Garber and Sonya Walger have joined the forthcoming Starz series "Power," a drama that has 50 Cent among its executive producers. Garber ("Alias," "Deception") will recur a renowned nightclub owner in New York with a business empire that lead character James (Omari Hardwick) aspires to have. Walger ("Parenthood," "Lost") is playing Garber's wife. "Power" is set for a summer premiere.
- TV Land has given a pilot order to "Teachers," a comedy from executive producer Alison Brie ("Community") based on the popular web series of the same name. The show revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America's youth, but don't seem to have their own lives together at all. The stars of the web series, all named a version of "Katie" -- Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O'Brien and Katie Thomas -- are all signed on to reprise their roles.
- NBC News' Willie Geist will host "Everest Jump Live" on Discovery Channel in May. Geist will join Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, Chris Jacobs and Kyle Martino in presenting climber Joby Ogwyn's attempt at a wing-suit flight off the Mt. Everest summit.