TV News: Muppets, Mad, Strain, 11-22-63

The Muppets
Disney has posted almost a dozen new stills from ABC’s upcoming “The Muppets” TV series revival which will air on Tuesdays this Fall. The adult-centric show has a faux documentary style and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the interpersonal relationships of the various Muppets as they work on a late night talk show. [Source: Disney Insider]

Mad Men
Despite all the acclaim, AMC’s “Mad Men” was never a major rater. Its series finale on Sunday night though pulled in solid numbers with an average audience of 3.3 million in Live + Same Day numbers. That’s up from a mere 1.87 million the week before.

AMC is expected to issue additional ratings data on Friday when Live+3 numbers come in. It’s expected the series could achieve a series-high in total viewers when those figures come in. [Source: THR]

The Strain
FX has announced a July 12th second-season premiere date for the vampire pandemic drama series “The Strain”. The first season was 2014’s most-watched new scripted series among all basic and pay cable networks in Adults 18-49.

Based on the best-selling novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the new season begins with New York City rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. [Source: Deadline]

T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is set to star in Hulu’s nine-hour Kennedy assassination miniseries “11/22/63” based on the Stephen King novel. Kevin Macdonald will direct and executive produce the first two hours.

Knight will portray Johnny Clayton, a charismatic but controlling salesman in 1960s Texas who can’t quite break up with his estranged wife Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), even as she falls in love with an English teacher (James Franco) who has traveled back in time to prevent President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. [Source: The Live Feed]