News Briefs: Netflix Renews Lilyhammer for Season 3

THE ORIGINAL BINGER

... Netflix is dropping the 'Hammer! Or rather, it's doing the opposite of that. It's hard to say, because slang is moving so fast that "drop" has like 24 meanings among kids ages 4 to 22. But Netflix has renewed Lilyhammer for Season 3, is what I'm trying to say. It'll consist of eight episodes and debut sometime this year. [Netflix via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... El Rey Network is a new thing that's coming to your television, and the biggest of the things it will bring is an adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Mexican vampire flick. And now it was a premiere date! From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will drop on March 11. Also headed to the fledgling network are Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling broadcasts, a docuseries about youth subcultures (those crazy kidz!), and Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman's Matador, a drama about a soccer star who moonlights as a CIA agent. This network sounds like a good time if you're high on rubber cement all the time. BONUS: Here's a trailer for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series! [El Rey Network via press release]

... Pivot (which is ALSO a network, take my word for it) has ordered a second season of Hitrecord On TV, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's weird variety show. I still don't know if it's "hit record" as in "hit wreck-erd" or "hit re-chord." Or "leave-it" of "levv-it" or "joss-iff" or "josé-ff." I can't read! No word yet on when Season 2 drops. [Pivot via press release]

... Tween alert! Disney Channel has renewed its "hit comedy" (their words, not mine) Liv and Maddie for a second season. Season 2 will drop this fall. [Disney Channel via press release]

... Getting ready for the fall season already, NBC has ordered pilots for Constantine and Mysteries of Laura. NBC put Constantine in development back in September, because every other network has a superhero/comic show airing or in development and NBC refuses to acknowledge my petition to bring back The Cape. Mysteries of Laura, from Arrow's Greg Berlanti, comes via a Spanish show, and follows a female detective as she takes on cases and deals with her ex-husband and twin boys. There is no drop date for either of these, sorry! [TVGuide.com]

... The new season of Worst Cooks in America drops Monday, February 17 at 9pm on Food Network! Or you can just eat your wife's cooking again, am I right fellas? I will be here all week! Seriously, I'm helming News Briefs all week while Kaitlin is at TCAs in Los Angeles and I'm expressing my displeasure through poor attempts at jokes. [Food Network via used napkin]

... NBC is just like, "Guys 18-49 love tits, right?" and will air Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful. The two-hour special will involve someone trying to say really interesting things about bikinis and lots of us at home pausing on "is that a nipple?" shots of Kate Upton rolling around on a sandy third-world beach. The special drops Monday, February 3 at 9pm. [NBC via press release]

... The Returned's second season will air sometime this fall on Sundance Channel. I mean, it drops this fall! This show is so damn good that it's all I want to watch ever. Seriously, watch it now! Your starving baby can wait! [News goddess Kaitlin Thomas via TCA panels]

... Ratings time! Syfy's Helix dropped on Friday and 1.8 million viewers tuned in, which I think is okay, but not good enough for Syfy to really pimp any stat except that it was the "best series premiere day ever on Syfy.com." Fox's Enlisted also dropped on Friday, and it did not go so well despite lots of critics clapping their hands for it (I found it to be pleasant but not that funny). Only 2.4 million viewers tuned in, which translated to a 0.7 rating among the 18-49-year-old set. That's pretty awful. At least there's a time slot to blame. And the Golden Globes hit a 10-year high last night with 20.9 million viewers. Check out Price's photo recap! [Syfy via press release / TV Line / Deadline Hollywood]



CASTING NEWS

... Chuck's Joshua Gomez will stop by The Crazy Ones for a guest appearance. He'll play an ad copywriter in the season's 16th episode. [THR]

... The Big Bang Theory is bringing in some love for Raj. Tania Raymonde, who you might know as Ben's daughter Alex but who I know as the young lady who once dated Jeff Goldblum, will play a potential love interest for Raj in this season's Valentine's Day episode. But wait! There's more! James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher will also stop by for an episode. [TV Line / TV Line]


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