TVLine Items: BSG Alum Makes It Rain, CW Sets Summer Dates and More

Katee Sackhoff Rain

Katee Sackhoff is going back to the future.

The Battlestar Galactica alumna is set to create and star in the evolutionary drama Rain, our sister site Deadline reports.

Described as a futuristic parable that examines the long-term effects of global warming and other ominous events, Rain will star Sackhoff as a soldier who explores the future of the human species.

Sackhoff also will write and executive-produce the project — which is currently being shopped around and has not yet found a home — alongside Continuum‘s Tom Rowe. Her recent TV credits include Longmire, CSI and 24.

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

* The CW has announced its summer schedule, including premiere dates for returning shows Beauty and the Beast (May 21), Penn and Teller: Fool Us and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (July 6), Masters of Illusion (July 10) and America’s Next Top Model (August 5). Also on the roster are new series Dates (July 9), Significant Mother (August 3) and A Wicked Offer (August 5).

* Bob Schieffer, who will leave Face the Nation this summer, announced Sunday that CBS News political director John Dickerson will replace him at the anchor desk.

* Hallmark has renewed its Catherine Bell starrer The Good Witch for a 12-episode second season.

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* Syfy has renewed its competition series Face Off for a ninth season, premiering Tuesday, July 28, per our sister site Variety.

* Fox is developing Aftermath, a limited event series from The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, Deadline reports. Set in the wake of a worldwide flu pandemic, Aftermath centers on Nathan Taggat, a former CDC virologist who investigates the suicide of a John Doe, who could possibly stop a major government conspiracy.

Beyond the Tank, ABC’s three-week Shark Tank companion series that follows up with past entrepreneurs, will debut Friday, May 1, at 9 pm.

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  1. Smigglesby says:

    I thought the messengers premiered on April 17, has it been moved for sure, or is the july date the finale??

  2. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    Sackhoff, writing acting and executive producing – this sounds like too much for one person. But good luck! Perhaps she feels that this is the only way that she can do an interesting project.

  3. Lizo says:

    She’s returning to TV in a show she’s help create and write?!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!! And I’m so glad she’s back in genre programming; I loved Longmire, but she’s a genre gal.

    • SonOfCoul says:

      Dunno if you’ve heard but Longmire isn’t dead. Netflix picked it up, so you don’t have to refer to it in the past tense anymore!

  4. Dean says:

    And with that my reason for watching longmire goes o

  5. Darla says:

    What channel is Rain intended to be on? I’ve read the article twice and don’t see anything regarding it’s distribution.

  6. SonOfCoul says:

    Sounds ok, but I just hope this doesn’t mean that Vic has to die or leave Wyoming. That Would SUCK!

  7. Tom says:

    Battlestar Galactica was set 150,000 years in the past, not the future

  8. sheri says:

    I would like to see Katee Sackhoff and Kadee Strickland playing sisters with some kind of intense rivalry.