TV News: Lightning, Genius, Doubt, Titans, Younger

Black Lightning
Tony Isabella, creator of The CW’s upcoming “Black Lightning” TV series, has confirmed that the DC Comics inspired project hasn’t shot a pilot episode as yet and won’t for a while considering it has a mid-season launch.

This means that the trailer shown for the series at the upfronts last month wasn’t cut together from a pilot episode, rather it was cut together from an 8-12 minute presentation that was made as a ‘proof of concept’ for the network – a similar thing happened with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”. [Source: iDigital Times]

Legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso has been announced as the subject of the second season of National Geographic Channel’s biographical anthology series “Genius”.

Geoffrey Rush starred in the first season which explored the life of Albert Einstein across ten episodes. The series was the channel’s most-watched original series launch to date with some 45 million viewers seeing at least some of it worldwide. [Source: Variety]

CBS has announced that it will burn off the remaining episodes of its legal drama series “Doubt” starting July 1st at 8pm on Saturdays. Co-creator Tony Phelan announced the news on Twitter.

The series had the dubious honor of being the show to score quickest cancellation of the 2016-2017 season. Katherine Heigl plays a successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm becomes romantically involved with a client (Stephen Pasquale). Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould and Kobi Libii co-starred on the series. [Source: Twitter]

Warner Bros. and DC’s new “Titans” TV series is scheduled to begin shooting this September in Atlanta and new character descriptions have confirmed that Nightwing, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy will be the main characters.

Nightwing will reportedly be heavily influenced by the mid-1990s comic run in which the former Robin joined the Bludhaven Police Department. Raven and Starfire will be based on their early comic incarnations, Beast Boy will be portrayed as a rogue-ish thief. [Source: That Hashtag Show]

Hulu and Viacom have come to an exclusive deal for on-demand streaming rights to the first three seasons of TV Land’s “Younger” ahead of its fourth season premiere next week.

The older episodes of the Darren Star-created comedy are live on the service now. The story follows a forty year old single mother who pretends to be twenty-six in order to land a job in the highly competitive world of publishing. [Source: Deadline]