TV News: Murder, Supergirl, Johnny, Riverdale

Murder in the First
TNT has cancelled its drama “Murder in the First” following its third season which wrapped a month ago. The third season averaged 1.4 million total viewers in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, the San Francisco-set series starred Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as San Francisco homicide detectives. Each season focused on the solving of a different case. [Source: Variety]

The CW’s “Supergirl” got off to a solid start on Monday night with a 1.1 rating in the key demo and 3 million viewers. That gave the network its most-watched telecast in the time period in eight years.

The move from CBS to The CW saw it drop half of its audience from its season finale, but only a 0.2 ratings drop in 18-49 and actually jumped by 29% in the 18-34 demo. [Source: The Live Feed]

There’s Johnny
Seeso has given the green light for the eight-episode scripted comedy series “There’s Johnny!”. The 1970s Los Angeles set series deals with the behind the scenes shenanigans of Johnny Carson’s legendary talk show “The Tonight Show”. “Mad About You” creator Paul Reiser is behind the project which will also be executive produced and directed by David Gordon Green (“Vice Principals”). [Source: Deadline]

“Looking” star Raul Castillo has joined The CW’s upcoming Archie comics adaptation “Riverdale” in a recurring role. Set in present day, the story offers a subversive take on Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and their friends.

The midseason drama takes a closer look at the surrealism of small-town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Castillo will debut in episode five as Oscar, a serious, successful songwriter from New York who is also a visiting professor at Carson College. [Source: The Live Feed]