TVLine Items: Seagal's Surprising Comeback, MacFarlane Roasts, and Other TV News to Know
A&E has somewhat unexpectedly greenlit a third season of the docuseries, says EW.com, after it was shut down (and presumably scrapped) last year following accusations of sex trafficking against the action star. The lawsuit was later dropped, but Seagal’s Louisiana beat was swayed by the controversy, halting production on the show. Fortunately for Seagal, his friends in Arizona’s Maricopa County gave him his badge back.
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• Making Comedy Central history, Seth MacFarlane will take the reigns as Roast Master for the second consecutive time when he hosts the cabler’s roast of Donald Trump, airing in late March. MacFarlane also acted as emcee for Comedy Central’s well-watched Roast of David Hasselhoff.
• Fantastic Four alum Ioan Gruffudd has signed on to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s CBS pilot, Ringer, Deadline reports. Joining the previously cast Nestor Carbonell, Gruffudd will play the husband of one of SMG’s twin characters.
• Peter Fonda will appear in a two-episode arc of CSI: NY this April, playing an ex-partner of Mac’s (Gary Sinise), EW.com reports.
• Mitch Hurwitz, the brilliant brain behind the short-lived Arrested Development and Running Wilde, is making with the funny again. Hurwitz wrote a piece for British newspaper The Guardian — picked up in the states by Deadline — aptly titled “Guide to Getting A Sitcom Canceled.” In it, he advises future showrunners to be sure to include stair-cars, Never-Nudes and characters sharing the same name in their series.
• The CW will re-air Smallville‘s pilot episode Friday, April 8 at 8/7c, says TV Guide.
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