'Spartacus' heads to Syfy; 'The Lottery' gets July date on Lifetime
- "Spartacus" is getting a second life on Syfy. The channel has picked up the basic-cable rights to all 39 episodes of the Starz series, which concluded its run in April 2013. The show will make its Syfy debut on June 26 -- presumably edited considerably to remove the frequent nudity and rough language you don't usually find on ad-supported cable.
- Lifetime has set a July 20 premiere date for its new series "The Lottery." The sci-fi drama is set in a future beset by a global fertility crisis. When a doctor (Marley Shelton, "Scream 4") and her team manage to fertilize 100 eggs, the government steps in to set a national lottery to decide who will carry the embryos to term.
- As a lead-in to the Season 4 premiere of "Falling Skies," TNT is running a 10-hour marathon of Season 3 in its entirety on Memorial Day (May 26) beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT. Season 4 of the popular sci-fi show premieres Sunday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the premiere of the new high-seas adventure "The Last Ship."
- FX will unveil "Partners," its latest sitcom in the 10-plus-90 model, on Aug. 4. The show stars Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence as two lawyers from very different backgrounds who decide to go into practice together. If the first 10 episodes do well enough in the ratings, FX will automatically order 90 more.
- Chloe Sevigny and Steven Pasquale are the latest to join Netflix's untitled psychological thriller drama. Coming from "Damages" creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, the 13-episode family drama already stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz. Sevigny will play Chelsea, a woman with romantic ties to Mendelsohn's character. Pasquale plays a potential romantic love interest for Cardellini. [ Deadline]
- El Rey has released the first trailer for its new original series "Matador." Gabriel Luna stars in the show as a popular soccer star who actually works for a covert branch of the CIA. The series premieres on July 15.
- TBS is extending the second season of its hidden-camera show "Deal With It." The channel has ordered 10 more episodes of the show in which comedians guide regular people through a prank on their friends or loved ones; they'll premiere in the fall.
- Bill Hader has found a home at HBO. The former "Saturday Night Live" star will create and star in a comedy project for the cable channel under a deal he signed this week. Hader has worked with HBO once before, co-starring in Larry David's movie "Clear History" in 2013. [ Deadline]
- Giuliana Rancic has signed a new two-year overall with E!. The "E! News" and "Fashion Police" host will also continue her red-carpet hosting duties and continue starring in and producing "Giuliana & Bill," her docu-series with husband Bill Rancic.