News and notes spanning the TV galaxy:
– Been playing those new Beyonce
videos over and over on your computer, wishing you could see them on a
bigger screen? Well, you’re in luck. Fuse will air all 17 videos from
Beyonce’s surprise self-titled “visual album” back-to-back on Monday
(Dec. 23) at 8 p.m. ET. The exclusive airing is a one-time deal, though,
so be sure to set your DVRs!
– HBO will air a special honoring “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday (Dec. 22). “James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend” will feature some two dozen colleagues and friends sharing their memories of the actor, who died in June, as well as clips and behind-the-scenes moments.
– Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Judy Davis (“The Starter Wife,” “Husbands and Wives”) has joined the cast of FOX’s miniseries “24: Live Another Day.”
She’ll have a recurring part as Margot, the widow of an infamous
terrorist. “Live Another Day,” set in London, brings back Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) for another run of real-time action.
– Bravo wants you to get ready for New Year’s Eve with “The Mindy Project.” The cable channel will air all 11 episodes of Season 2 that have aired thus far starting at 11:30 a.m. ET Dec. 31, ahead of the show’s return to FOX on Jan. 7. Why are encores of FOX show airing reruns on Bravo? NBCUniversal produces “Mindy” and owns Bravo.
– A pair of drama pilots with Shonda Rhimes connections have been given the green light at ABC. “Sea of Fire,” a “Twin Peaks”-ish mystery revolving around three teenage girls and based on a Dutch series, is being written by “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” veteran Jenna Bans. Rhimes, meanwhile, is executive producing “How to Get Away With Murder,” about a group of law students and their professor who become involved in a murder case. “Grey’s” writer-producer Peter Nowalk is the creator. [Deadline]
– The sixth and final season of “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” returns to MTV on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 p.m. ET. For nine episodes, the whole crew — Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Chris “Drama” Pfaff, Scott “Big Cat” Pfaff, Sterling “Steelo” Brim, and Chanel “West Coast” — is back in the warehouse-turned-funhouse known as the Fantasy Factory as Rob attempts one last world record car jump … backwards. Check out the just-released promo for the final season:
– Marcia Cross is staging her TV return — and this time, she’s going full comedy. The former “Desperate Housewives” star has signed on for the lead female role in a single-camera comedy pilot at FOX called “Fatrick.” Written by “Don’t Trust the B—-” creator Nahnatchka Khan, the series centers on Patrick, a 30-something moving man and former fat kid forced to
face the damage caused by years of being “Fatrick.” Cross, as Patrick’s intense nutritionist mother Arlene, will be seen in both present day and flashback. [TVLine]
– “The Tomorrow People” has cast Serinda Swan (“GraceLand) to play Cassie Smythe, the daughter of the mysterious Founder. Cassie is a supernaturally gifted bank robber and possibly the most powerful Tomorrow Person on the planet. Stephen (Robbie Amell) becomes fascinated with the young woman when he discovers a psychic connection with her. [Hollywood Reporter]
– USA has ordered eight episodes of “Chrisley Knows Best,” a docu-comedy featuring Atlanta entrepreneur Todd Chrisley and his family. The cable channel describes the show, which debuts March 11, as “‘Father Knows Best’ with the volume turned way up.” Take an extended peek at the show: