TV news and notes:
– The Disney Channel has ordered a sequel to its hit “Teen Beach Movie.” The
imaginatively titled new film will be called “Teen Beach Movie 2″ and
will see the return of original stars Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace
Phipps, Garret Clayton and John DeLuca. “TBM 2″ is scheduled to air on
Disney Channel in 2015.
– NBC News has named its new West Coast broadcast center in honor of long-time anchor Tom Brokaw. The Brokaw News Center, on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles, will serve as home to West Coast operations for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and the local NBC and Telemundo affiliates.
– Kenneth Mitchell (“Switched at Birth,” “Jericho”) has joined the cast of ABC’s upcoming drama “The Astronaut Wives Club.” He’ll play Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, in the drama, which is set for early 2015. [TVLine]
– HBO dramedy “Girls” has added two new faces for Season 4 in the form of filmmaker Desiree Akhavan and newcomer Peter Mark Kendall. They will both play students alongside Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) at the University of Iowa’s writers’ workshop program. Akhavan’s debut film “Appropriate Behavior” premiered at 2014 Sundance Film Festival, while Kendall can be seen this summer on HBO’s “The Leftovers.” [Deadline]
– Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” writer Michael Che is joining “The Daily Show” as its newest correspondent. Che, who has made a number of “comics to watch” list in the past couple years, will join the show in June. Here’s a sample of his standup.
– “Instant Mom” is celebrating Mother’s Day with a cavalcade of guest stars made up of TV’s most iconic moms: Marion Ross (“Happy Days”), Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”), Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Jackèe (“Sister Sister”) plus famous TV daughter Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”) will join Tia Mowry-Hardrict and her on-screen mom Sheryl Lee Ralph for “Not Your Mother’s Day,” airing Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.
– “Medium” star Jake Weber is joining AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”
as a series regular for Season 4. He’ll play Harlan Fell, the chief
engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad on the drama’s newest season. [The Hollywood Reporter]
– Showtime is developing “Snowflake,” a drama series about the start of the crack epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles with John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”). Singleton will co-write a pilot script with Eric Amadio and is in line to direct if Showtime greenlights it.
– OWN’s docuseries “Life With La Toya” will make its summer premiere on Saturday, June 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with episodes following the Jackson sister tackling issues in therapy, starring in a campy stage musical in New York City and discussing it all with her girlfriends.
– Speaking of OWN, the cable channel has also picked up a second season of “Raising Whitley” and ordered more episodes of “Deion’s Family Playbook.” There’s no word on a Season 2 premiere date for “Whitley” or how many more episodes of “Deion’s Family Playbook” are on tap.
– Lifetime has ordered 10 more episodes of its reality series “Bring It!,” about Dianna “Miss D” Williams and the hip-hop majorette troupe she leads in dance competitions. The show’s spring finale airs Tuesday (April 29); there’s no word yet on a premiere date for the new episodes.