TVLine Items: School of Rock Casts Its Class, NBC's First Date and More

School of Rock Cast

Nickelodeon is ready for some headbanging.

The kids’ network has locked down the cast of its upcoming School of Rock series, based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black as a down-and-out musician who poses as a substitute teacher.

Joining Hart of Dixie‘s Tony Cavalero, who will play fraudulent instructor Dewey Finn, are:

* Lance Lim (Growing Up Fisher) as electric guitarist Zack
* Jade Pettyjohn (Revolution) as band manager Summer
* Aidan Miner (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as keyboardist Lawrence
* Breanna Yde (The Haunted Hathaways) as bass guitarist Tomika
* Newcomer Ricardo Hurtado as drummer Freddy

The 13-episode series, currently in production in Los Angeles, is scheduled to debut this fall.

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

* NBC has ordered eight episodes of First Dates, a docuseries exec-produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media. The hour-long program — which is based on the U.K. original — follows a series of real couples’ maiden voyages that take place during one night at the same restaurant.

* Directly following the season finale of Shameless, Showtime will air a sneak preview of the Happyish pilot on Sunday, April 5 at 10/9c. The comedy series — which stars Steve Coogan (Philomena) as a middle-aged ad executive in the pursuit of (spoiler alert!) happiness — will officially debut on Sunday, April 26 at 9:30 pm.

* Season 2 of Syfy’s Dominion has added recurring players Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs), Simon Merrells (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Olivia Mace and Luke Tyler as, respectively, a military genius, the leader of the New Delphi, a member of Vega’s Archangel Corps, the leader of a small town of survivors and a bright teenager.

* Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — best known for suing Mark Zuckerburg over the founding of Facebook (and helping Armie Hammer become a household name) — will appear as themselves in the Season 2 premiere of Silicon Valley, airing Sunday, April 12, per The Hollywood Reporter.

* Weeds alum Justin Kirk has joined comic Sarah Silverman’s upcoming comedy pilot at HBO. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk will play the charismatic boss of Silverman’s Jude, a pathologically honest woman going through a midlife crisis.

* HBO has released a trailer for The Casual Vacancy, its upcoming miniseries based on J.K. Rowling’s novel. Check out the teaser (which contains NSFW language) below:

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3 Comments
  1. DavidSask says:

    Sarah Silverman is not someone wanted on weekly TV!

  2. cyclone says:

    I’m not going to get nit picky about the ethnicities being incorrect for the kids of the new School of Rock but I will say that the bass guitarist was named Katie not Tomika. Tomika was the big shy background singer.

  3. Kyle says:

    Looks awful.