TV News: Arrow, Clooney, Detective, Minds

Memorable 1980s TV star Marc Singer (“V,” “Beastmaster”) has joined the cast of The CW’s “Arrow”. Singer will be portraying General Matthew Shrieve, the leader of a group known as the Creature Commandos in the DC comics. In the series, he plays a significant role in the show’s flashback storyline.

In other news, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says Colton Haynes’ Roy Harper character, who has been decidedly underutilized this season, will have a huge part to play int he next three episodes. This will include between him and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) which Guggenheim calls Haynes’ best work on the show. [Source: CBM]

Untitled Clooney Project
George Clooney, “Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller and legendary TV producer Peter Tolan are all assembling for a TV series set in the 1990s at a Hollywood studio.

The Sony Pictures TV-produced project is scribed as a comedic drama and has been shopped this week to various TV buyers. Miller is on board to direct the pilot. [Source: Variety]

True Detective
Both Rick Springfield and Ashley Hinshaw have joined the cast of the second season of HBO’s “True Detective”.

Singer-songwriter Springfield would not reveal details about his role, other than confirming his character will appear in scenes with Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams’ characters. Hinshaw will play a troubled starlet. [Source: Variety]

Criminal Minds
CBS is reportedly prepping a potential “Criminal Minds” spin-off series with a backdoor pilot being produced in February that will air later during the show’s current tenth season.

Showrunner Erica Messer will pen the episode which focuses on a division of the FBI that helps American citizens encountering trouble abroad. The series averages a 3.9 rating and 14.6 million viewers an episode, making it one of the highest-rated dramas on broadcast TV. [Source: The Live Feed]