TV News: BTJA, Gotham, Get, Grace, Legends

Broadcast Journalist Picks
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category with “American Crime Story,” “Aquarius,” “Blindspot,” “Minority Report,” “The Muppets,” “Scream Queens,” “Supergirl,” and “UnREAL” taking honors. The honorees were chosen by BTJA members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1st. [Source: Deadline]

Gotham
Fox is reportedly in the midst of casting two key villain roles for the show’s upcoming second season. The first is a male DC Villain described as “intelligent, cultured and highly articulate, extremely attractive, both seductive and threatening”. The other is a female DC Villain in her mid- to late 20s and “a sexy knock-out”. [Source: TV Line]

The Get Down
Coming off his regular role on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” Jimmy Smits has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann and Netflix’s new musical series “The Get Down” which deals with the gestation of the hip hop movement in the early 1970s in New York.

Smits will play Francisco ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services to his constituents that the city has failed to provide including jobs, housing and healthcare. The thirteen episode series will debut in 2016. [Source: The Live Feed]

Grace and Frankie
Netflix has renewed their half-hour single-camera comedy for a second season. The news comes less than a month after the series’ debut on May 8th. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will reprise their roles as the title characters for the new season. The news is not a major suprise as all of Netflix’s original scripted dramas and comedies have gone on to secure second seasons. [Source: The Live Feed]

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Following the unveiling of the first trailer a few weeks ago for The CW’s new “Arrow” and “The Flash” spinoff series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” the key cast members of the new show have spoken with “DC All Access” about their roles and where they’re headed in the new series. Check out the interview snippets in this short featurette below: