TV News: UnREAL, Barry, Nobodies, Witch

Lifetime has renewed its much buzzed about drama “UnREAL,” which centers on a Bachelor-like reality dating show, for a third season just a few days ahead of its second season premiere on Monday.

A ten-episode third season will premiere next year with Constance Zimmer, Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Josh Kelly and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman set to star. Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro executive produce. [Source: Variety]

HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys has made his first series addition – handing out a series pickup order for the Bill Hader comedy series “Barry”. Set to shoot in Los Angeles in 2017, Hader penned the script with Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”) and also stars, executive produces and directed the pilot.

Hader plays an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan and Glenn Fleshler co-star. [Source: The Live Feed]

TV Land has ordered the Melissa McCarthy-produced comedy “Nobodies” to series. Michael McDonald will serve as showrunner on the single-camera project which Ben Falcone also produces.

The story follows a group of friends who watch as their colleagues from the Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away in Hollywood. [Source: The Live Feed]

Good Witch
Hallmark Channel has ordered a twelve-episode third season of its original series “Good Witch” with production on the third season scheduled to begin in August in Toronto for a 2017 premiere. There will also be a Halloween special produced to air this October.

Through the first seven episodes, the second season of the Catherine Bell and James Denton-led light magical drama is averaging a solid 2.3 rating and 2.5 million total viewers in Live+3. [Source: Deadline]