TV news and notes:
– Sundance will premiere Season 2 of its critically acclaimed drama “Rectify” on June 19. The new season will have freed death-row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) becoming more engaged with the outside world and even allowing himself to think about the future. It will also delve more deeply into the lives of people affected by Daniel’s return.
– Comedy Central has renewed “Kroll Show” for a third season. The sketch show starring and created by Nick Kroll has been averaging 1.1 million viewers in overnight ratings for Season 2; there’s no word yet on when Season 3 will premiere.
– The cast of “Constantine” continues to grow. The new members of the NBC pilot include former “Lost” star Harold Perrineau, “True Blood” alum Lucy Griffiths and “True Detective’s” Charles Halford. Griffiths will play Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine’s deceased friends who becomes targeted by demons. Constantine saves her and they end up working together, as Liv realizes she has the power to see the supernatural world around her. Perrineau will play Manny, an “authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine who has the power to step into other people’s bodies.” Halford will play Constantine’s oldest friend Chas. Matt Ryan is already cast as Constantine in the pilot.
– “The Wire” and “Treme” creator David Simon and Oprah Winfrey are joining forces for an HBO miniseries about Martin Luther King Jr. Simon will work on the project, based on Taylor Branch’s three-volume history “America: In the King Years” with “Treme” co-creator Eric Overmyer; Winfrey will executive produce the project. [Deadline]
– HBO will mark the 10th anniversary of “Deadwood” with a 36-hour marathon of the entire series starting at 10 a.m. ET March 15 on HBO Zone (the show premiered March 21, 2004). Following that, HBO Signature will air an episode every weeknight at 8 beginning April 2.
– The Olympics may be over, but that doesn’t mean the end of figure skating on TV. ABC is teaming with Disson skating to air four two-hour figure skating specials in the next year, two in the last half of 2014 and two in early 2015. The participating pros include ice dancing gold medal winners Meryl Davis and Charlie White and legendary champ Brian Boitano, with Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss hosting.
– A new actor has been cast in Kyle Chandler’s untitled 13-episode Netflix series. Norbert Leo Butz will play Kevin, the youngest brother in the Rayburn family who is a boat repair yard owner and feels he is the “unofficial mayor” of his town. The “psychological thriller” tells the story of adult siblings whose “secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother returns home.” Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini will also play siblings, while Sissy Spacek will play the Rayburn matriarch. [Deadline]
– It’s a “Facts of Life” reunion for Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields. The former co-stars are joining forces for the Hallmark Channel original movie, “For Better or For Worse,” premiering in fall 2014. An adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Diann Hunt, it’s about a woman (Whelchel) struggling with the death of her husband who coordinates all the town’s weddings with the help of her friend and co-worker Roseanne (Fields). They run into problems when a divorce lawyer sets up shop next to their chapel.
– TBS has renewed “Ground Floor” for a second season. The Skylar Astin-starring comedy, a modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” set in the modern world of corporate America, averaged 1.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery during Season 1. The 10-episode second season is slated to begin in late 2014.