TV news and notes:
– “Glee” and “American Horror Story”
creator Ryan Murphy will be honored at the Ctitics’ Choice TV Awards on
June 19. He will be given the Louis XIII Genius Award, which honors
icons in the TV industry. Additionally, “Gotham,” “Extant,” “Halt and
Catch Fire,” “The Leftovers,” “Outlander,” “Penny Dreadful” and “The
Strain” have been nominated in the Most Exciting New
Series category. The Critics Choice TV Awards air at 8
p.m. ET/PT June 19 on The CW.
– “The Lion King” is getting yet another sequel from Disney. Disney Junior is developing “The Lion Guard.” The children’s TV series will follow Kion, Simba’s son, and also feature Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s sister Kiara. Kion’s Lion Guard includes honey badger Bunga, cheetah Fuli, hippo Beshte and egret Ono.
– Speaking of Starz, the channel has released a teaser for its upcoming comedy “Survivor’s Remorse,” executive produced by LeBron James. There’s no footage from the show, but you’ll get an idea of where it’s going. Take a look:
– “Murder in the First” delivered decent premiere ratings for TNT Monday, drawing 3.8 million viewers overall, 808,000 adults 18-49 and 1.4 million adults 25-54. That’s in line with the debut of “King & Maxwell” in the same spot a year ago. Lead-in “Major Crimes” (5.2 million viewers) was up a little from its premiere last year.
– Spike TV is heading into the scripted drama game with a new series set
in the financial world, “The Chairman.” Based on the novel of the same
name by Stephen Frey, the show will be executive produced by “Nip/Tuck”
star Julian McMahon, “Electus'” Ben Silverman and former AMC
executive-turned-producer Jeremy Elice. Reportedly Spike TV is
considering McMahon for the lead role. [Deadline]
– You have a new way to catch up on Season 1 of “The Bridge” ahead of the FX show’s Season 2 premiere in July. All 13 episodes are now streaming on Hulu Plus; three episodes are also available on the free Hulu service.
– Showtime’s upcoming drama “The Affair” will stage a mini-“Wire” reunion between Dominic West and John Doman, and as with the former show, their on-screen relationship promises to be rather testy. Doman will play West’s father-in-law, who presumably will be less than thrilled when he finds out West’s character is having an affair. [Deadline]