TV news and notes:
is losing a series regular for Season 3. Zoe Jarman, who plays the
receptionist Betsy at Shulman and Associates, will
not be returning to the FOX comedy next season as a regular. However,
Jarman has been asked to guest star, so she might not be gone completely
from the show. [TVLine]
– Viacom is moving to expand its global presence by purchasing British network Channel 5. The sale went for $760 million, which means Viacom now owns the U.K. home of “Big Brother,” “CSI” and “Milkshake!” [Reuters]
– Behold a new poster for AMC’s upcoming series “Halt and Catch Fire” (premiering June 1), which nicely captures the vibe of its early 1980s setting and uses a clever play on the CTRL key on your computer:
– TLC’s “My Five Wives” will return again in the fall. TLC renewed the series for eight more episodes, which will continue to share the lives of Brady Williams, his five wives and his 24 children. The mid-season finale of “My Five Wives” aired on April 27, and two specials will air about the family on May 4 and May 11.
– FOX has ordered an event TV series about the Boston Marathon bombing. The as-yet-untitled project is based on the best-selling book “Long Mile Home,” about real-life stories of five people whose lives were changed forever at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The series will be set on the day of the tragic event and the week that followed. [Deadline]
– The recipients of the seventh annual Television Academy Honors have been named. “The Big C: Hereafter,” “The Fosters,” “Mom,” “Vice,” “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor,” “Mea Maxima Culpa” and “Screw You Cancer” will be honored for using TV to bring awareness to social issues. The awards will be given out on June 1 with Dana Delany serving as host.
– Hallmark has renewed its daytime show “Home and Family” for a third season. Season 2 of the show has seen ratings increases in both total viewers and the target demos of adults and women 25-54. Season 3 is set to debut in October.