TV news and notes:
– “Battle Creek,” CBS’ new crime drama starring Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel, has booked comedian/actor Patton Oswalt as the unorthodox mayor of Battle Creek named Scooter Hardy. He’ll debut in episode six of the first season. [Entertainment Weekly]
– “The Blacklist” is heading to Netflix, and for a very pretty penny as well. The streaming service acquired the NBC hit for a reported $2 million an episode. “The Blacklist” is expected to be available on Netflix starting Sept. 6. [Deadline]
– HBO confirms its new miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” will air Nov. 2 and 3. The miniseries, based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, tells the story of a seemingly quiet New England town that is wrought with affairs, crime and tragedy. It stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray.
– “Baby Daddy”
will have a new love interest for Bonnie this Halloween. Former “Days of Our Lives”
star Matt Cedano will guest star on the Oct. 22 Halloween episode to woo Bonnie, though he also happens to be married. That sure sounds scary. [TVLine
– Patrick Dempsey has inked a deal with ABC Studios to create and develop new scripted series for the network. His “Grey’s Anatomy”
costar Ellen Pompeo has a similar deal, and she recently sold a female-led cop drama
to ABC. Meanwhile, Dempsey’s Shifting Gears Entertainment optioned the racing book “The Limit” to Sundance TV as a potential drama. [The Hollywood Reporter
– “Psych” alum Corbin Bernsen has been cast on CBS’ new drama “Scorpion” as Bob Connelly, a casino owner in Las Vegas who enlists Walter’s team of geniuses to help him when his profits start tanking. But Walter will learn there’s more to Bob than meets the eye. [Entertainment Weekly]
– “The Office” meets “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” when Ed Helms guest stars on Season 2 of the FOX comedy. He’ll play a United States Postal Inspection Service who clashes with Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta in the seventh episode of the season, slated to air Nov. 16. [TV Guide Magazine]
– Greg Berlanti sold another series to NBC. The network gave him a script plus penalty commitment for his new show “Blindspot,” which is about “an FBI agent who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac is found in Times Square covered in fresh tattoos … including his name on her back.” [The Hollywood Reporter
– TBS’s comedy “Ground Floor” will return on Thursday, Dec. 9, inhabiting its new Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT time slot for its second season.
– In preparation for football season, Esquire Network is airing a Labor Day marathon of “Friday Night Tykes,” its docu-series about youth football. Season 2 premieres in January.
– HBO is prepping a new Banksy documentary called “Banksy Does New York.” Filmmaker Chris Moukarbel created the project with crowd sourced footage from people who saw the art Banksy put on display in the Big Apple in 2013, and is releasing the documentary on HBO on Nov. 17. [The Hollywood Reporter