TV news and notes:
– Chris Colfer has already written a feature film and several books, and
now he’ll stretch his writing muscles when he pens an episode of “Glee.”
He’s reportedly writing an episode of the FOX comedy that will air
later in Season 5, thanks to an offer from creator Ryan Murphy. Colfer
has already met with the writing staff to hash out some ideas. [TVLine]
– Betsy Brandt is rebounding from the low-rated NBC comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show” with a new gig on Season 2 of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”
The “Breaking Bad” alum will recur as Barbara, new secretary to Michael
Sheen’s Dr. William Masters. The new season of the Showtime series is
due in fall 2014. [THR]
– “Rogue” Season 2 has a premiere date. The DirecTV show will return Wednesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. Starring Thandie Newton as Grace and Cole Hauser as new character Ethan Kelly, the show follows Grace’s attempts to build a new life with her daughter while working as a handler for an FBI Task Force.
– Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson have already planned their April Fools Day prank: They’re switching jobs. Carey will host “The Late Late Show” on Tuesday, April 1, and Ferguson will host “The Price is Right” episode that will air the same day (yes, robot Geoff is joining him as a model).
– “The Bridge” has signed Franka Potente for a recurring part in Season 2. The FX veteran (“American Horror Story: Asylum,” “The Shield”) will play a “shunned Mennonite” with sinister intentions. [E! Online]
– Esquire Network has announced a new original series titled “Lucky Bastards,” which follows six wealthy male friends cavorting around New York. It stars former “Bachelor” Lorenzo Borghese (he’s also a prince), fashion tycoon Rocco Cafferelli, playboy Adam Campbell, cosmetics exec Craig Clemens, entrepreneur Charles Ferri and wealth manager Scott Mitchell who calls the women who follow him around his “Scottourage.” “Lucky Bastards” premieres Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
– “Love is Relative,” a new comedy pilot for NBC, has found its male
lead. “The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones will star opposite Leslie Bibb as a
married couple who sees their relationship in a whole new light when
her divorced brother (Barry Rothbart) moves in with them. The pilot is
being written and directed by “Borat’s’ Dan Mazer. [THR]
– “Mad Men” regular Jay R. Ferguson has found his next TV role in “Save the Date,” a comedy pilot at CBS. It stars Maggie Lawson as Katie, a woman who drunkenly books a wedding venue despite not having anyone in mind to marry; Ferguson will play a restaurant owner and avowedly single guy who is friends with Katie’s future brother-in-law.
– Also at CBS, “Treme” and “Deadwood” veteran Kim Dickens has landed the female lead in “Red Zone,” a drama starring Anthony LaPaglia. They play a married couple of former CIA employees now working at a D.C.-area high school; they’re pulled back into duty following a terrorist attack.
– The Peabody Awards are making their way to TV, with new cable network Pivot securing the rights to the prestigious media awards ceremony through 2016. Beginning this spring, the network will produce original prime-time specials spotlighting the annual winners, as well as airing the 2014 Peabody Awards special, which will be a mixture of highlights from the presentation ceremony and exclusive interviews with featured award recipients.