TV News: Class, Grease, TNT, Dresser

BBC America has announced a 2016 air date for “Class,” an upcoming eight episode “Doctor Who” spinoff which was confirmed on Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Young-adult author Patrick Ness is behind the series which will be executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales will co-produce the Cardiff-shot series. [Source: Variety]

Grease Live
Legendary R&B group Boyz II Men will make a cameo appearance as a group version of the Teen Angel character to perform the iconic song “Beauty School Dropout” as part of the “Grease: Live” event airing January 31st on Fox. Frankie Avalon played the singular version of the role in the classic 1970s musical. There’s also a new featurette for the production which you can see below:

TNT is making an unprecedent move – planning to cut the number of advertisements during three new 2016 drama series by 50% – roughly 8-9 minutes. The three series will likely be “The Alienist,” “Good Behavior” and “Animal Kingdom” which will have to cut longer episodes as a result, including re-edits of the current standard-length pilots. [Source: Deadline]

The Dresser
Starz and the BBC have released the first key art for their upcoming telemovie “The Dresser” based on Ronald Harwood’s acclaimed play. Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen star.

Set one fateful night in a small regional theatre during World War II, the story follows a troupe of touring actors staging a production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.”