– After submitting as a drama for both this year’s Golden Globes and SAG
Awards — and coming up with only one single nomination — Netflix is
submitting “Orange Is the New Black”
as a comedy for the 2014 Emmys. Producers and execs were hesitant to
make the switch because as Emmys rules stipulate, the show must remain
in that genre for the remainder of its run.
– When “Hawaii Five-0” returns for its just-announced fifth season, the CBS procedural will have one more “Lost” alum in its ranks. Jorge Garcia, who’s guest-starred twice on the island-set drama, has been promoted to series regular. Garcia plays Jerry Ortega, a conspiracy theorist and former high school classmate of Detective Lt. Chin Ho Kelly, played by his former “Lost” co-star Daniel Dae Kim. [THR]
– Garcia’s former “Lost” co-star Maggie Grace is planning her TV comeback, joining CBS’
untitled Wall Street drama form “Justified” writers Taylor Elmore and
Ben Cavell. Grace will co-star as Jamie, a smart, ambitious, savvy new
hire with a conscience who serves as in-house legal counsel for a hedge
fund. She joins already-cast Charlie Cox (“Boardwalk Empire”), who stars
as Jackson, a sophisticated Wall Street hedge fund trader who served in
Iraq and has the desire to do good. [THR]
– Keke Palmer (“A Trip to Bountiful”) has been cast in “Masters of Sex” Season 2. She will play the role of Coral, the Masters’ nanny. Production on the second season will begin in the middle of March.
– Showtime has given a pilot order to drama “Billions” from journalist and writer Andrew Ross Sorkin (“Too Big To Fail”), marking their first pilot order of 2014. The contemporary drama forucses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.
– Cowabunga, dude! In a special hour-long episode of Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” those heroes in a half-shell will have a run-in with the original ’80s counterparts, with original voice cast members Cam Clarke, Rob Paulsen, Barry Gordon and Townsend Coleman reprising their roles as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, respectively. The special episode, titled “Wormquake!,” premieres Friday (March 14) at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Check out a clip from the episode below, featuring the moment when today’s turtles feast their eyes on their ’80s alter egos for the first time. Turtle power!
– CNN has set an April 13 premiere date for Season 3 of its series “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Bourdain travels to Punjab, India in the premiere; other episodes take him to Las Vegas, Mexico City, Russia, Thailand, Brazil, the Mississippi delta and Lyon, France.
– Nickelodeon is expanding its Kids’ Choice Awards franchise to include sports. The new show, the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, will be hosted and executive produced by Michael Strahan and is set to air in July.