TV News: NBC, Casting, Who, Cucumber

NBC has announced the dates for the return of all its major series along with the premieres of all its new ones. Here’s the list:

Tuesday, September 13th

Wednesday, September 14th
“Up All Night”, “Free Agents”

Monday, September 19th
“The Sing-Off”, “The Playboy Club”

Tuesday, September 20th
“The Biggest Loser”

Wednesday, September 21st
“Harry’s Law”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Thursday, September 22nd
“Community”, “Parks and Recreation”, “The Office”, “Whitney”, “Prime Suspect”

Friday, October 21st
“Chuck”, “Grimm”

Casting News
A bunch of casting additions to various shows this week. James Spader is now confirmed for a regular role on “The Office”, Zach McGowan is joining Showtime’s “Shameless” as the neighborhood’s new bad boy, David Hasselhoff has scored a guest starring role on the fourth season of “Sons of Anarchy”, Jason Priestly and Tony Hale will guest star on “Psych”.

Meanwhile TV Line reports that while Chord Overstreet isn’t becoming a series regular next season on “Glee”, the producers aim to have him involved as much as possible and he could be upgraded to a regular as early as January.

Doctor Who
The BBC will be screening the mid-season premiere episode, “Let’s Kill Hitler”, at the Edinburgh International Festival on Friday 26th August. This would definitely indicate that the show itself is set to return with the remaining six episodes of the season in early September. A synopsis for the episode has also hit via Den of Geek:

“In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities – and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.”

Former “Doctor Who” showrunner and “Torchwood” creator Russell T Davies is developing “Cucumber”, a new drama series that revolves around gay men, for Showtime.

Davies created the original UK “Queer as Folk” in 1999 and Showtime aired the American remake of that which remains one of its most successful original series. Davies has penned the script for “Cucumber”. [Source: Deadline]