TVRage Bulletin: OWN Plans Michael Sam Docuseries, Harry Connick Jr. Returning to ‘Idol’ & More!


TVRage Bulletin: OWN Plans Michael Sam Docuseries, Harry Connick Jr. Returning to ‘Idol’ & More!


In addition to all of the other news we’ve been reporting, here are a few entertainment and TV headlines you might have missed:

-OWN’s developing a docuseries chronicling the life of football player Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete drafted into the NFL. Now, the Oprah Winfrey Network is developing a multi-part documentary showcasing Sam as he prepares to enter the world of pro-football.

-It’s official: Harry Connick Jr. is returning to ‘American Idol’ as a judge for the singing competition’s 14th season. Ryan Seacrest is also coming back as host, while Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are both expected to return as judges.

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-TVLine’s confirmed that TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ third season has expanded to 19 episodes.

-In other TNT news, Jaime Ray Newman (‘Grimm,’ ‘Drop Dead Diva’) is heading to ‘Franklin & Bash’s fourth season as Anita Haskin’s law-school nemesis Cheryl Koch.

-AMC’s found leads for its ‘Knifeman’ pilot. Tom Hollander (‘Rev.’) and Daniel Mays (‘The Adventures of Tintin’) will play brothers in the drama based on Wendy Moore’s John Hunter biography, ‘The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery.’ Set in 18th century London, Hollander will play John, a charismatic visionary, quack and scoundrel. Mays is set to portray Julian, John’s brother and his polar opposite who's said to be prim and proper.

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-SundanceTV is adding a satirical workplace series from Danny Boyle (‘Slumdog Millionaire’). The cable network is teaming with Boyle to co-produce drama series ‘Babylon’ with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4. Set to premiere in 2015, the scripted series is set inside a modern police force and stars Brit Marling (‘Another Earth’) and James Nesbitt (‘The Hobbit’).

- American Idol
- Major Crimes
- Franklin & Bash
- Knifeman
- Babylon (2014)
- Michael Sam
- Harry Connick, Jr.
- Jaime Ray Newman
- Tom Hollander
- Daniel Mays
- Danny Boyle
- amc

Written by: akoerner
May 15th, 2014, 7:23 am

Images courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America


Message Posted On May 16th, 2014, 9:40 am
So much for "I just want to play football".