TV News: Boys, 90210, Severance, League, Genius

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The Boys
Actor Karl Urban has confirmed that he’s just wrapped filming on the second season of Amazon’s darkly comedic superhero series “The Boys” and the new episodes are set to debut mid-2020 on the service. The series scored not only critical acclaim, but it was recently revealed by Nielsen that the first season garnered eight million views within the first ten days of release. [Source: Instagram]

FOX has opted not to renew the recent six-episode comedy event series “BH90210” for another installment. The series premiere drew strong ratings, but the numbers quickly fizzled out while the series was a behind-the-scenes mess with numerous showrunner changes. [Source: TV Line]

Apple has given a series order to “Severance,” a drama series which will star Adam Scott and has Ben Stiller attached to direct and executive produce. Dan Erickson serves as writer and executive producer. 2Chris Black will also executive produce along with Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn.

The workplace thriller introduces Lumen Industries, a company that’s looking to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will play the lead role of Mark, an employee with a dark past trying to put himself back together. [Source: Variety]

A League of Their Own
D’Arcy Carden (“The Good Place”) is in negotiations to star in the Amazon series adaptation of the 1992 feature “A League of Their Own”. Gbemisola Ikumelo is also finalizing a deal to co-star in the project which hails from executive producers Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”) and Will Graham and Sony Pictures TV.

Jacobson is in negotiations to play the lead in the series which revolves around about a women’s professional baseball league during World War II. Jacobson’s character is a farm girl whose husband is off fighting the war. She runs away from home and tries out for the league in response to an advertisement. [Source: Deadline]

Genius: Aretha
Courtney B. Vance has joined the cast of the eight-episode third season of “Genius” at Nat Geo, the new run of episodes focusing on Aretha Franklin. Vance will star as Aretha’s father C.L. Franklin, the influential reverend and civil rights activist, and joins a cast that includes Cynthia Erivo as Aretha, along with Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Sanai Victoria. Suzan-Lori Parks serves as showrunner and executive producer with Anthony Hemingway executive producing and directing. [Source: Variety]