TVLine Items: Maksim's Dancing Comeback, Mary Jane Renewed, New Orphan Promo and More

Dancing With the Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy ReturnsIs Maksim Chmerkovskiy putting his dancing shoes back on?

Chmerkovskiy — who left Dancing With the Stars in 2012 — has reportedly made a deal to return to the show for Season 18, sources tell US Weekly.

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Earlier this month, the competition series fired its bandleader Harold Wheeler and his orchestra, and just this past weekend, DWTS alum Erin Andrews was tapped to replace co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet.

ABC had no comment on Chmerkovskiy.

Read for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

• BET has renewed its first original scripted drama series Being Mary Jane for Season 2, reports The Los Angeles Times.

• HBO Films’ The Normal Heart will air Sunday, May 25 at 9/8c, the network announced Thursday. The adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play details the spread of HIV/AIDS among a group of gay men in New York City circa the early 1980s. The all-star cast includes Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Julia Roberts (August, Osage County).

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• Carter MacIntyre (Drop Dead Diva) has joined USA Network’s upcoming comedy series Benched. He will play Trent, Nina’s (Eliza Coupe) ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.

• VH1 has given a 10-episode order to the scripted drama Hindsight, which will premiere in early 2015, reports our sister site Deadline. The project, set in 1990s New York, comes from writer Emily Fox (Jane By Design) and stars Laura Ramsey (The Days), Craig Horner (Legend of the Seeker) and Sarah Goldberg.

• El Rey Network will debut its second original series, the action drama Matador from Sleepy Hollow exec producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, in July following the World Cup soccer tournament, reports Deadline. Network founder Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) will direct the show’s first episode.

• ABC will air the special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, featuring a first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron, on March 18 at 8/7c.

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• BBC America’s eight days of Orphan Black sneak peeks continues with this Season 2 promo, featuring an adamant Cosima. The clone thriller returns Saturday, April 19 at 9/8c.

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12 Comments
  1. Ram510 says:

    I thought Being Mary Jane was renewed before season 1 even started?

  2. Fernando says:

    Mary Jane season 2 has been renewed since last year

  3. Dear dancing gods……please don’t let Maks be paired with Nene Leakes. I’d like him to be on the show more than a week!

    • Lena says:

      I had to laugh at your comment because when I saw the news of his return, I automatically assumed he might get Leakes as his partner. I just want the chances for another pro to win this season to increase. Derek doesn’t have to win…again.

      • Couldn’t agree more, Lena! Maks is overdue for a win, but I’d settle for a partner that can move and is willing to put in the work. I don’t think either one of those requirements fit Nene.

  4. shar says:

    love Maks and Val. Glad Maks is back, I will watch this season just for him.

  5. Jared says:

    Has NeNe already been announced for DWTS?

  6. monieet says:

    Being Mary Jane, glad to hear it was renewed for a second season. I was gonna pull the plug with this having an affair with a married man story line, but I stuck it out and received the message the show had to offer. Margret Avery telling her daughter to cry about it tonight and make it right tomorrow was priceless. Richard Roundtree’s role as the father who holds his family together is so moving. He supports each child through the good and bad and offers words of wisdom that are right on point. Gabrielle, I have always been a fan, and now I remember why.

  7. William Donohue says:

    I have DWTS since it first came on – don’t put old people, politicans and children of politicans on as contestants. The show is so much better when the people can move and will dance. Too many have been put on because the show think they will draw more viewers. All you do is frustrate your loyal program watchers who watch because they want to see people who are able to dance compete.

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