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TV News Dump: Courteney Cox to Starz, ‘Boomerang’ Returns, and More TV News
- Courteney Cox has more going on than just that Friends reunion special: the sitcom legend will lead Shining Vale, a new Starz horror comedy from creators Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and Jeff Astrof. Cox will play a once-prolific novelist with a fraying family life who hits on the perfect solution to her midlife crisis: leave the city and move into a possibly haunted house in the country. What could go wrong? (Variety)
- Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla’s revival of their early-aughts Comedy Central series Crank Yankers, in which the biggest names in comedy make crank phone calls that are then dramatized by puppets, has been renewed for another 20-episode season. The current season has featured Carolla and Kimmel, of course, as well as OGs Sarah Silverman and Tracy Morgan plus new callers Chelsea Peretti, Tiffany Haddish, Jeff Ross, Lil Rel Howery, and many more. My question is, who’s answering calls from unfamiliar numbers anymore? (Deadline)
- Chip and Joanna Gaines’ yet-to-launch Magnolia Network, which will replace the existing DiY Network on October 4, 2020, has given a series order to Growing Floret, a reality series documenting the effort of a Washington State flower farm to grow by 20 acres after acquiring a parcel of damaged, overfarmed land. It’s like watching grass grow, only better! (THR)
- The 35th (35th!!) installment of The Challenge, MTV’s stalwart reality-compeition series, is nearly upon us: The Challenge: Total Madness will premiere on April 1. Returning Challengers including Kailah Casillas, Kyle Christie, Nelson Thomas, Jordan Wisely, Ashley Mitchell, Cory Wharton, Jenna Compono, Aneesa Ferreira, Wes Bergmann, CT Tamburello, and Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio will join a rookie class, largely drawn from the Big Brother franchise, that includes Asaf Goren, Bayleigh Dayton, Christopher Jordan “Swaggy C” Williams, and Kaycee Clark. It seems like it was just yesterday that the Real World/Road Rules Challenge was crawling around its playpen, now it’s old enough to run for president! (Variety)
- Boomerang, BET’s sequel/adaptation of the 1992 Eddie Murphy film, starring Tetona Jackson as the daughter of Murphy’s and Halle Berry’s characters from the movie, and Tequan Richmond as the son of Robin Givens’ character, both working in the same industry as (and under the long shadows of) their super-successful parents, has dropped a new trailer for season 2. New co-showrunner Dime Davis, who’s taking the reins alongside Angeli Millan, told Deadline, “We’ve truly made this season of Boom an ensemble show, delivering dynamic character arcs that ask a lot of our cast — and it’s all been worth it — the performances, this season, are truly magical…as is the show.” No evidence from the trailer that Murphy, Berry, or Givens will appear, but hope springs eternal! Season 2 premieres March 11. (Deadline)