News and notes spanning the TV globe:
– Former “Happy Endings” star Casey Wilson has signed on to star in “Marry Me,” a comedy pilot from the former show’s creator — and Wilson’s real-life fiance — David Caspe. The show centers on a newly engaged couple who start to feel the weight of the commitment they just made. Wilson, incidentally, is writing another comedy pilot for NBC with June Diane Raphael.
– “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23” creator Nanatchka Khan has landed a new pilot at ABC. “Fresh Off the Boat,”
based on a memoir by Eddie Huang, follows a Taiwanese-American family
that immigrates to 1990s Orlando and the culture clash that follows.
– FX has set the series premiere for “Saint George,” a multi-camera comedy starring George Lopez, Jenn Lyon, David Zayas and Danny Trejo. The sitcom will follow George, a working-class Mexican-American who has become a successful entrepreneur, as he deals with cultural differences and a job teaching history in a multi-cultural, Los Angeles classroom. “Saint George” premieres Thursday, March 6 at 9 p.m. ET.
– “Black Sails” is off to a solid start in the ratings for Starz. The show’s premiere episode drew 850,000 viewers — a decent but not record-setting number for the channel — but it continued to draw viewers with repeat airings over the weekend. Coupled with on-demand and online viewing, Starz estimates 3.5 million people watched the premiere.
– First serial killers, now stalkers. “The Following” creator Kevin Williamson has scored a pilot order from CBS for a drama about a pair of LAPD detectives who handle stalking cases.
– “Hannibal” is coming to Amazon Prime. Season 1 of NBC’s gory thriller has been added to Amazon’s streaming library one month before the Feb. 28 Season 2 premiere. Subscribers to Amazon Prime will be able to stream the series at no additional cost, while non-subscribers can fork over $2.99 per episode or $20.99 for the entire 13-episode season. Not a subscriber and don’t feel like paying money, but still want to catch up? You’re in luck. NBC’s released an extended recap of Season 1, which you can watch below.
– AMC’s Revolutionary War drama “Turn” has added Stephen Root (“Boardwalk Empire,” “NewsRadio”) to its cast. He’ll play Nathaniel Sackett, who helps set up a spy ring to aid the Patriots’ cause. [Variety]
– TV Land has picked up “Jennifer Falls,” a comedy series starring Jaime Pressly.
Originally conceived as a multi-camera show, it will go forward as a
single-camera series, with Pressly playing a woman who has to move back
in with her mom (“Arrested Development’s” Jessica Walter) after losing her high-profile job.
– Also at TV Land: Chevy Chase will guest-star in an upcoming episode of “Hot in Cleveland,” playing a man who goes on a date with Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) and reveals a deep, dark secret to her. The guest spot is Chase’s first TV role since his departure from “Community.” [Hollywood Reporter]
– The 2014 Primetime Emmys will air on NBC on Monday, Aug. 25. NBC airs the awards earlier than usual so as not to conflict with its “Sunday Night Football” contract; the Monday date this year means it won’t have to compete directly with the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24.