TV News: Strain, ABC, Preacher, Squad, Enlisted

The Strain
FX’s vampire virus drama “The Strain” may have had mixed reviews from the critics, but ratings wise it had very promising start. ‘Strain’ pulled in an average 1.2 rating and 3 million viewers overall for its initial telecast on Sunday night.

That rating is equal to TNT’s “The Last Ship” as the top premiere of the summer, and ahead of FX’s own “Fargo” (0.8) and “Tryant” (0.6). It was second for the night in the key demo, only behind a new episode of HBO’s “True Blood”. [Source: Variety]

ABC Fall Premieres
ABC has unveiled the Fall premiere dates for its various dramas and comedies, with most set to return in the last week of September. Mid-season shows like “Secrets and Lies” and “Agent Carter” have not been scheduled as yet. Here’s the listing:

Monday, September 15th: “Dancing With the Stars”
Tuesday, September 23rd: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Forever”
Wednesday, September 24th: “The Middle,” “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” “Black-ish,” “Nashville”
Thursday, September 25th: “Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder”
Friday, September 26th: “Shark Tank,” “20/20”
Sunday, September 28th: “Once Upon a Time,” “Resurrection,” “Revenge”
Monday, September 29th: “Castle”
Tuesday, September 30th: “Selfie,” “Manhattan Love Story”
Friday, October 3rd: “Last Man Standing”
Sunday, October 5th: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Friday, October 10th: “Cristela”

Seth Rogen has posted a new photo confirming that Willie Nelson’s 1975 song “Time of the Preacher Man” is set to be used in the opening of the upcoming TV series adaptation of the famed Garth Ennis comic series “Preacher”. The comic used the song for a pivotal scene. [Source: Twitter]

Hooligan Squad
Adult Swim has locked down “The Boondocks” creator and Peabody Award winner Aaron McGruder for a first-look overall deal. First project on the list is a new live-action adventure pilot called “Hooligan Squad”

Set in the near future, the story follows a group of American insurgents in a Japanese-occupied San Francisco. McGruder will pen the pilot and executive produce. [Source: The Live Feed]

Having saved “Community” from the dead, Yahoo Screen is now in talks to do the same for another show – FOX’s canceled military comedy “Enlisted”.

A critical darling, “Enlisted” scored only one season on FOX before they pulled the plug. Financial issues are also still being worked out before the “Enlisted” revival is an official go. Still, it looks vert promising. [Source: The Live Feed]

Robbie Rogers Comedy Series
Universal Television has optioned the rights to the story of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment will develop and produce a comedy series inspired by his experiences. Rogers retired from professional soccer last year at the age 25, at the same time revealing he was gay. The next month, he changed his mind about retirement and joined the LA Galaxy. [Source: Deadline]