TV news and notes:
– “Warehouse 13” will begin its final season on Syfy starting on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m. The short (six episodes) Season 5 will bring the science-fiction program to an end.
– “Conan” will pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Tuesday’s (Feb. 18) show when Conan O’Brien welcomes Mel Brooks as a guest for most of the hour. Brooks was a writer and occasional performer on “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” and will share his memories of working with the comedy legend.
– Nigel Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”) will produce a new singing competition show for CBS, “In the Spotlight.” Prior to the current season, Lythgoe produced several seasons of “American Idol.” [Deadline]
– “Dallas” fans know the Ewings don’t fool around when it comes to the cost of oil and gas — and some viewer soon will be a lucky beneficiary. To mark its Season 3 premiere Monday, Feb. 24, the TNT series will “take over” a gas station somewhere in America and offer prices promised to beat all the competition in that area. The location will be revealed at 8 a.m. ET that day via a multimedia campaign. Those not near the selected site still will have the chance to win something: A custom “Black Gold Card” with a $50 balance will go to the winner of a sweepstakes conducted on the series’ Facebook page.
– Rebounding from NBC’s failed “Awake,” Jason Isaacs is taking another stab at TV with the lead role in USA’s six-episode event series, “DIG.” An action-adventure drama from “Heroes” creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff (the creator of the Israeli series on which “Homeland” is based), “DIG” centers on Peter (Isaacs), a FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating the murder of a female archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy dating back 2,000 years that threatens to change the course of history, naturally. The series will begin filming in Jerusalem in May and premiere later this year.
– “America’s Next Top Model” is bringing back a familiar face for Season 21. Flamboyant runway coach extraordinaire and sometimes judge J. Alexander, affectionately known as Miss J, has been invited back into the fold following his dismissal between Seasons 18 and 19. “His name says it all. I’ve missed ‘Miss J.’ and am elated he’s back,” host/EP Tyra Banks says in a statement announcing Alexander’s return. “I know ‘Top Model’ fans will
rejoice!”Cycle 21, the show’s second “Guys and Girls” edition, will make its way to The CW this summer.
– Jane Krakowski is making her return to series-regular TV. The underrated comedic gem is attached to “Dead Boss,” a comedy pilot at FOX, her first major commitment since “30 Rock” wrapped in 2013. The half-hour project, an adaptation of a BBC3 series, is a comedic mystery that kicks off when overachieving Helen Stephens (Krakowski) is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to depend on her hot mess of a sister to prove her innocence. [Deadline]
– Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”) is reportedly in talks to star in a single-camera comedy, “Feed Me.” Based on a novel, “The Marriage Bed,” the show is described as a comedic look at adult intimacy in a dysfunctional family. That family, headed by Ellen (Parker’s prospective role), has to come together when daughter Emma loses her husband to the affair. The whole group are also involved in the restaurant business. [The Hollywood Reporter]
– Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has been cast as the lead in FOX’s drama, “Red Band Society.” Based on a Spanish series, “Red Band Society” is a coming-of-age story about the daily lives of teenagers living in a hospital. Spencer will play Nurse Jackson, an excellent and tough woman who puts up with nothing out of line. [Deadline]