TV News: Carter, TNT, Gracepoint, Aaliyah, Sons

Agent Carter
TV Guide has premiered a new banner to be showcased by ABC at the San Diego Comic Con that will combine both of the network’s Marvel produced series “Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter”. Click here to see it.

TNT has renewed its action thriller series “The Last Ship,” its crime drama “Major Crimes” and its sci-fi action series “Falling Skies” for another season. The three series have helped propel TNT to become the No. 1 cable network this summer in primetime with ‘Ship’ and ‘Crimes’ regularly pulling in over seven million viewers each.

Newcomer “The Last Ship” will score a thirteen episode second season, that’s up from the ten episode first season run which is still underway. “Major Crimes” is set to receive a fifteen episode order for its fourth season. Finally, “Falling Skies” will come to a close with a fifth and final season consisting of ten episodes. [Source: TNT]

Chris Chibnall, creator of both “Broadchurch” and its upcoming U.S. remake “Gracepoint,” says the latter will follow the former for its first two episodes quite closely. After that it begins to change things up:

“Where you start is very similar … Where you end up is entirely different. We wanted to take the proposition of the show – the mood, the tone, the pace, in terms of what he had in Broadchurch – and start with that. A sense of place is very important.” [Source: The Live Feed]

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B
Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to play R&B singer Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime telemovie about the music artist. Shipp takes over for Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman who exited the project in June.

Wendy Williams has also signed on as an executive producer. Production will recommence later this summer for a Fall premiere. [Source: The Live Feed]

Sons of Anarchy
The first photo is out of musician Marilyn Manson in his recurring role on the upcoming seventh and final season of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”. Manson plays Ron Tully, a white supremacist prison leader who forms an alliance with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) during his incarceration. [Source: EW]