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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reunion, ‘The New Yorker’ Docu-Series


The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Showtime renews two dramas, a Gilmore Girls reunion is announced, and TV adapts yet another movie. 

Gilmore Girls reunion is happening! Don’t get too excited — it’s only for one panel in June, and you have to go to Austin, Texas to see it, but it’s still happening. ATX TV Festival announced that Amy Sherman-Palladino, Lauren Graham, and Alexis Bledel are all confirmed to participate. This year’s festival will also include a reunion of the Dawson’s Creek writer’s room. [Variety]

Kathryn Hahn will be in Happyish — again. She was previously cast as the female lead in the original pilot that starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, and now Showtime has confirmed that she’ll keep the role in the new iteration, which now stars Steve Coogan. [Showtime]

Hulu/BBC Comedy’s The Wrong Mans will return to Hulu for a four-episode second season on December 24. [Hulu]

Amazon released details about the seven new pilots it will premiere in 2015, including a documentary about The New Yorker; a comedy about a former supermodel starring Leslie Bibb, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, and Jane Kaczmarek; and a drama based on the Philip K. Dick book The Man in the High Castle. [Vulture]

USA renewed Graceland for a third season. [The Wrap]

USA also ordered a supernatural thriller titled Evil Men about a guy who has to kill “evil men” or else his family and city will be destroyed. It’s an uplifting little drama! [TV Line]

Mulaney and Bob’s Burgers have swapped Sunday time slots, meaning Mulaney will now air at 7:30 and Bob’s Burgers will air at 9:30. This doesn’t seem very promising for Mulaney, but at least it means we’ll get regular Bob’s Burgers episodes instead of month-long sports-induced breaks. [Deadline]

VH1 ordered a new reality competition series called Twinning, in which sets of twins compete against other sets of twins to see who is the best set of twins? Who knows. It doesn’t sound good, but I can’t wait to watch it. [VH1]

Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol after 13 seasons. [EW]

P14_18619_PRS01_SHAME_S5_PRadhighresHere’s the poster for Season 5 of Shameless. The show returns January 11 at 9 PM.

Franklin & Bash, my guilty pleasure bro-lawyer show, has been canceled by TNT. Now I’ll never find out who was Franklin and who was Bash. [Variety]

According to Sharon Osbourne, The Osbournes will return to television for a short, follow-up series. However, it won’t be on MTV. [E! Online]

ABC Family announced return dates for all of our favorite series: Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth will return on January 6 at 8 and 9 PM, respectively. Melissa and Joey and Baby Daddy return January 14 starting at 8 PM. The Fosters and Chasing Life return January 19. [Deadline]

Showtime renewed both The Affair and Homeland. [Showtime]

Adding to the ever-growing list of movie-to-television adaptations, Starz has ordered a series based on The Evil Dead franchise, called Ash vs. Evil Dead. The pilot will be directed by Sam Raimi and is slated premiere in 2015. [Deadline]

James Wolk, who is always welcome on my television screen, has booked the lead role in Zoo. Zoo is CBS’ summer drama based on the James Patterson novel about “a wave of violent animal attacks against humans.” [THR]

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