The biggest show on cable not involving zombies has a return date: A&E says Season 4 of “Duck Dynasty” will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The premiere will be an hour-long episode in which the family asks Uncle Si to distract Phil and Kay while they plan a surprise party for the couple’s 49th anniversary. Si, naturally, takes a different route.
Season 3 of “Duck Dynasty” averaged 8.4 million viewers — more than half of whom were in the adults 18-49 demographic — making it the No. 2 series on cable behind “The Walking Dead.”
More TV news and notes:
NBA player and Kim Kardashian ex Kris Humphries will play himself on an
episode of “The Mindy Project” this season. Details on the role are
scant, but the show has featured a couple other professional athletes in
the past. [TV Guide]
– IFC has picked up a second season of its series “Maron,” starring comedian/podcaster Marc Maron. It’s also expanded the episode order from 10 to 13; the new season will premiere next year.
– WEtv has greenlit its first scripted series, “The Divide,” from writer Richard LaGravenese (“Behind the Candelabra”) and director Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”). The drama, originally developed for WE’s sister network AMC, follows a woman (Marin Ireland) working to exonerate a death row inmate and the prosecutor (Damon Gupton) trying to keep the man in prison.
– ABC has joined the limited-series party with an order for a Cold War-set show called “The Assets.” It’s based on the book “Circle of Treason” about the capture of notorious CIA double agent Aldrich Ames. [Deadline]
– “Chicago Fire” has added Michelle Forbes (“True Blood,” “The Killing”) to its cast. She’ll have a recurring role as a consultant for the state fire marshal who keeps tabs on Firehouse 51. [Hollywood Reporter]
– Former “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa has taken a lead role in Sundance Channel’s drama “The Red Road.” The show centers on a sheriff who has jurisdiction over his hometown and a nearby Indian reservation and the tension between the two communities.