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TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff ‘Mayans MC’ Casts JD Pardo in Lead Role

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In today’s TV News Roundup, “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff “Mayans MC” casts its lead, former Disney Channel star Debby Ryan lands a role in a CW pilot, Netflix releases the premiere date for part two of “The Get Down,” and more… 

CASTING

The “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff and FX show “ Mayans MC”  has cast JD Pardo in the lead role of EZ Reyes.

In the show, which is set after the events of “Sons of Anarchy,” EZ Reyes is a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves.

Pardo joins a cast which already includes Edward James Olmos and Clayton Cardenas, with “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter set to co-write the pilot with Elgin James as well as directing.

“The Suite Life on Deck” and “Jessie” star Debby Ryan has been cast in t he CW ‘s pilot “ Insatiable,”  Variety has learned.

The pilot will be centered on a civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on a vengeful teenager as his client. Ryan will star as Patty, a smart, opinionated yet vulnerable girl who used to find solace through eating but loses 70 pounds when her jaw is broken.

DATES

The second half of the first season of BazLuhrmann and Netflix‘s hip-hop and disco throwback “The Get Down” will premiere on the streaming platform April 7. Bringing viewers back to the beginning days of hip-hop and rap, part two will pick up in 1978, a year after the events of part one. Amidst the backdrop of a bankrupt New York City during a revolution, the Get Down Brothers and Mylene face a culture shift so monumental, everything about their world could be changed. Watch the announcement here.

DIGITAL

The U.S. streaming service for much of British television Acorn Media Enterprises and their parent company RLJ Entertainment will be the North American co-producers of Acorn TV original “Love, Lies & Records.” Written by British BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor, the six-part production for BBC begins filming in March and will be internationally distributed by all3media International. Acorn will distribute in the U.K., Eire, and ANZ. The cast includes AshleyJensen, AdrianBower, KennyDoughty, RebeccaFront, and MarkStanley. The series will explore how women have to juggle their personal and professional lives.

EXECUTIVES

IFC‘s LaurenBurack has been promoted to SVP, brand & consumer marketing, IFC’s executive vice president of marketing & digital media BlakeCallaway announced. She will report to Callaway and oversee all of the company’s consumer-facing marketing campaigns, brand communication, events, promotions, and partnerships. Burack, who joined IFC in 2004, will also create partner offerings for different MVPD platforms and take on a role in the development of IFC’s off-air creative. She previously served as VP of consumer marketing.

SPECIALS

Hallmark Channel has announced that it has begun production on the first eight of 32 original movies for the channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” in 2017.

Here’s a rundown of the first titles in production for the 2017 holiday season:

  • “12 Days”
  • “Christmas Festival of Ice”
  • “Christmas Sister Swap”
  • “Miss Christmas”
  • “Marry Me at Christmas”
  • “Finding Santa”
  • “Father Christmas”
  • “Coming Home for Christmas”

Fox Inclusion has announced the participants for its sixth annual Fox Writers Lab, a writers’ platform designed to nurture experienced writers with diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences. The program also aims to create a pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television, feature film and digital entertainment productions.

The participants will spend 14 weeks honing their crafts and establishing connections with a wide range of Fox staff writers, showrunners, screenwriters, directors and creative executives. Check out the list Fox Writers Lab writers and their respective representatives below:

  • Arielle Diaz (CAA)
  • Brad Marques (Laurelmont Management Group)
  • Elizabeth Oyebode (Independent)
  • Erick Castrillon and Esteban Arango (Valor Entertainment)
  • Jennifer Graham Imada (Independent)
  • Keely MacDonald (Grandview)
  • Lauren Tyler (Art/Work Entertainment)
  • Mellori Velasquez (Independent)
  • Nicky Young (Independent)
  • Pilar Valdés (Independent)
  • Tania Lotia (CAA & Laurelmont Management Group)
  • YaseminYilmaz (Independent)

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