TV news and notes:
– “Pretty Little Liars”
star and country singer Lucy Hale will host the 2014 MTV Video Music
Awards red carpet live show alongside network personalities Sway and
Christina Garibaldi starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, Aug. 24. Becky G
and YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen will be fashion correspondents, and VMA
nominees Fifth Harmony and Charli XCX will perform live ahead of the VMA
telecast. MTV will air a new episode of “Teen Wolf” immediately before the red carpet show, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
– The new “Power Rangers” live action movie has an official release date. Coming from Lionsgate and Saban, “Power Rangers” will hit theaters on July 22, 2016. The film will be “a modern reinvention of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world.”
– The Emmy Awards
have named their second group of presenters for the Aug. 25 telecast.
They are: Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), double Allison
Janney (“Mom,” “Masters of Sex”), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
(“Key & Peele”), Lucy Liu (“Elementary”), Debra Messing (“The
Mysteries of Laura”), Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Octavia
Spencer (“Red Band Society”) and Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”).
– The CW’s 2015 drama “The Messengers”
has added “True Blood” actress Lauren Bowles as a senator and
“Homeland” alum Navid Negahban as a Middle East prime minister in the
sci-fi mystery, which will premiere in 2015. [The Hollywood Reporter]
– “The Mysteries of Laura”
has brought on board a new mystery persona. “Sex and the City” alum
Gilles Marini has joined the show in an unidentified role, though that
hasn’t stopped him from teasing it on Twitter.
– “Meet the Press” is getting a new host. NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, will take over the long-running Sunday-morning show starting Aug. 17. He replaces David Gregory, who has hosted the show for the past six years.
– HBO’s David Simon miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” about a bitter battle
over low-income housing in Yonkers, N.Y., in the 1980s, has added three
actors to its cast. James Belushi will play a former Yonkers mayor and
political lifer. Terry Kinney (“Oz,” “Black Box”) will play the head of
the Yonkers Housing Authority, and Michael Stahl-David (“Cloverfield,”
“The Black Donnellys”) plays a political consultant.
– Ryan McPartlin has been added to “Bad Judge” as Billy the fireman, a love interest for Kate Walsh’s titular character Rebecca. McPartlin will recur in multiple episodes. He can currently be seen starring on “Mystery Girls” on ABC Family. [Deadline]
– Will Arnett (“The Millers,” “Arrested Development”) is starting his own production company, Electric Avenue. He already has a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios and is in negotiations to option Johanna Stein’s collection of essays, “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
– Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a late-night comedy show hosted
by Kurt Braunohler in which the comedian recounts the strangest stories
of the day. It’s called “Gettin’ Some Strange with Kurt Braunohler.” [Deadline]