TV news and notes:
– “Saturday Night Live”
has made writer and occasional on-screen presence Leslie Jones an official member of the cast. Starting with Saturday’s (Oct. 25) show, Jones will be a featured player on the show. Jones has worked as a writer on “SNL” since early 2014 and has made a couple of high-profile appearances on “Weekend Update.” [Deadline
– Syfy’s zombie drama “Z Nation”
isn’t going anywhere. The network has ordered a second season of the series, starring Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls and Kellita Smith. Currently midway through it’s first season, “Z Nation” will continue infesting the world with zombies in 2015. [THR
– “Orphan Black”
star Tatiana Maslany will make her New York stage debut in May 2015, starring opposite “The Newsroom’s” Thomas Sadoski in an Off Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s “The Way We Get By,” directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman. The actors will play two wedding guests who awake the morning after their hookup. Previews begin May 12, and the run is scheduled to end June 28. [Variety
– “General Hospital”
star Roger Howarth is moving to Central City. He will recur on “The Flash”
as news report Mason Bridge of the Central City Picture News, who mentors Iris. Things get complicated when he begins investigating Harrison Wells. [Deadline
– Christian Slater has landed the starring role in “Mr. Robot,” a cyber-crime drama pilot at USA. He plays the title role of Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist leading a group of activists. Among his recruits is a young hacker with an anti-social disorder who finds himself caught between the group and his day job in cyber security. The pilot also stars Rami Malek, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallstrom.
– Call it “Touched by an Angel,” the unscripted version. TLC has ordered six episodes of a show from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett about people who have experienced “divine intervention.” Downey will also serve as host for the currently untitled show, which is set to premiere in late 2015.
–“Scandal” is diving deeper into Abby’s (Darby Stanchfield) backstory. The ABC series has cast “Battlestar Galactica” alum Michael Trucco as Abby’s never-before-seen ex-husband, Charles Putney. Fans will remember Abby’s horrific story about being left for dead after her politically affiliated ex drunkenly assaulted her. Right now Trucco’s character is only confirmed for one episode and it is not yet known how the two will cross paths. [THR]
– New cable channel Pop (formerly TVGN) has ordered 13 episodes of “Schitt’s Creek,” a Canadian comedy starring Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott, to premiere in 2015. The series is about a once-rice couple (Levy and O’Hara) who are forced to move to a small town thyey once bought as a joke, along with their kids. “Schitt’s Creek” will be the first original scripted series in the history of Pop.