TV News: Casual, Time, Sherlock, Flash, Expanse

Two lesser known shows scored pick-ups today. First up, Hulu has ordered a second season of its original dramedy series “Casual” which premiered two weeks ago on the streaming service. The Jason Reitman-produced show stars Frances Conroy, Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey and follows a newly divorced single mother living with her brother and daughter.

Meanwhile, ABC Family has ordered a fifth season of one of its highest-rated original series “Switched at Birth.” The show’s current fourth season is scheduled to wrap up this coming week. [Source: The Live Feed]

In Time
FOX has given a put pilot commitment to the time-travel comedy series “In Time” which comes from “Last Man On Earth” executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Julius Sharpe (“Family Guy”) pens the show about three friends who try to balance the adventure of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present day lives.

Lord and Miller, best known for directing the “21 Jump Street” films and “The LEGO Movie,” also have animated pilot “Son Of Zorn” with Jason Sudeikis in contention for a series pickup at Fox. [Source: Deadline]

The upcoming 90-minute “Sherlock” Christmas special is reportedly set to score a release in Chinese cinemas, subject to regulatory approval. The Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman-led series reportedly has a massive following in the country, with last season pulling in a whopping 98 million viewers there. BBC Worldwide today says the theatrical release will complement the UK broadcast. [Source: Deadline]

The Flash
SEASON 2 SPOILER AHEAD. It looks like Robbie Amell’s tenure as Firestorm on “The Flash” isn’t as over as we may have been led to believe. Amell today has posted a photo of himself alongside actor Franz Drameh, who plays the new Firestorm-half of Jax Jackson whom is taking over as the younger half of the fiery hero following in the wake of the seeming demise of Robbie’s character Ronnie Raymond.

Yet the caption to the photo teases that Ronnie may not be as gone as we thought, Amell saying: “Firestorm is in great hands. But I’ll be back” whilst posting the shot. Could Ronnie’s stopping of the singularity have pushed him to an alternate Earth? [Source: Instagram]

The Expanse
Syfy has revealed a new poster for its upcoming space series “The Expanse” based on the James S.A. Corey book series that began with “Leviathan Wakes”. Premiering December 14th, the story follows a detective (Thomas Jane) go in search of a missing woman across the now colonised solar system. [Source: io9]