TV news and notes:
– Starz has picked up “Da Vinci’s Demons” for a third season. Creator David S. Goyer will continue as an executive producer, but he’s turning over the show-running reins to John Shiban (“Hell on Wheels,” “The X-Files”). Expect Season 3 on the air in 2015.
– Season 2 of “Sleepy Hollow” will welcome another real-life historical figure into its world: Benjamin Franklin. The FOX hit has cast Timothy Busfield (“The West Wing,” “thirtysomething”) in the recurring part, which EP Mark Goffman says will play up Franklin’s “eccentricities.” We’ll also learn that Ichabod (Tom Mison) had a prior relationship with Franklin before waking up in the 21st century. [EW]
– Filmmaker Spike Lee and Showtime are developing a series based on Lee’s debut feature film, “She’s Gotta Have It.” The half-hour show will be set in the present but still revolve around a Brooklyn woman and the men in her life. Lee will write and direct a pilot episode. [Deadline]
– “Louie” returned from its long hiatus to somewhat smaller ratings. Monday’s (May 5) debut drew 941,000 viewers, down from 1.4 million for the Season 3 premiere in 2012 (which got a bump from the heavily hyped “Anger Management” premiere earlier that night). That number is, however, above the show’s Season 3 average, as is the 635,000 adults 18-49 who tuned in. Episode 2 drew 910,000 people and 651,000 adults 18-49. With DVR and replays, the premiere will likely equal or exceed the Season 3 debut.
– WE tv’s first original scripted series, “The Divide,” from Richard
LaGravenese and “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, will have a two-hour
premiere on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show explores issues
of morality, ambition, ethics, politics and race in the justice system
through the eyes of Marin Ireland’s impassioned caseworker Christine
Rosa and Damon Gupton’s district attorney Adam Page.
– Spike TV is jumping back into scripted programming with “Tut,” a six-hour miniseries based on the life Egyptian pharoah King Tutankhamun. Michael Vickerman (“Ring of Fire”) is writing the miniseries along with Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (“The Fosters”). It starts filming in the fall and will air in 2015.
– ABC Family’s new tennis drama “Unstrung” has its male lead. Alex Roe, a British actor best known for his roles in “The Cut” and “The Fugitives,” will play heartthrob Luke Holt. Luke is known as “The Machine,” is ranked fifth in the world and is “only getting better.” “When he discovers that his well-meaning but controlling father and coach, Phil, has kept a potentially life-altering secret from him, Luke’s world is upended.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
– Hallmark has renewed its series “When Calls the Heart” for a second season. The drama averaged about 2 million viewers in its inaugural run.
– ABC’s new reality competition “Sing Your Face Off,” has announced its
lineup of celebrity impersonations for its May 31 premiere. In the first
two episodes, Sebastian Bach will impersonate Adam Levine and Lady
Gaga, Landry Fields will impersonate Lionel Richie and Pitbull, Jon
Lovitz will impersonate Elton John and Pavarotti, China Anne McClain
will impersonate Rihanna and Tina Turner and Lisa Rinna will impersonate
Dolly Parton and Britney Spears.