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TV News Roundup: ‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Premiere Date Revealed, ‘Top Chef’ Renewed

Variety logo Variety 1/24/2017 Dani Levy
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In today’s TV news roundup, HBO’s “The Leftovers” gets a premiere date, “Top Chef” gets a 15th season, and “The Chi” continues to round out its ensemble. 

DATES

“The end is near” for the Peabody-winning HBO drama “The Leftovers.” The third and final season will premiere Apr. 16 at 9/8c. Created by novelist Tom Perrotta and “Lost” alum Damon Lindelof, “The Leftovers” has confounded viewers and defied all reason with its previous two seasons. Star Justin Theroux and co. filmed this eight-episode season on location in Texas and Australia. In addition to a premiere date, the Twitter account unveiled a new teaser, which you can watch above or below.

The entire eight-episode second installment of Starz‘s limited series “The Missing” will be available to view online and on-demand as soon as it the first episode premieres on the linear channel on Feb.12, through the Starz app or Starz’s on-demand channel. Starz will also offer a sneak peek of the first episode on Feb. 6. The anthology series follows parents Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), whose daughter, Alice, went missing in 2003. Eleven years later, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and announces herself as the formerly missing Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham).

RENEWALS

Bravo‘s “TopChef” has been renewed for a 15th season, and they’re looking for new talent. The show, currently it its 14th season in Charleston, S.C., is opening a nationwide call for emerging chefs to meet and greet (by appointment) “Top Chef” alumni at restaurants in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C. The series is produced by Magical Elves; Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines and Casey Kriley executive produce.

CASTING

Showtime‘s “The Chi” has cast Jacob Latimore as entrepreneurial ladies’ man-turned-dad “Emmett.” The one-hour drama profiles several characters living on Chicago’s South Side, and is based on creator Lena Waithe’s experiences. Latimore will perform opposite Yolanda Ross, who plays a full-time nurse and Emmett’s mother. “Dope” helmer Rick Famuyiwa has come on board to direct the first episode, which is being re-shot. Common, Famuyiwa and Aaron Kaplan are also exec producers.

Tony Danza has boarded Seeso‘s “There’s Johnny!”, a dramatized behind-the-scenes look at Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Danza will play Fred de Cordova, the legendary exec producer of “The Tonight Show.” Danza was a frequent guest of Carson’s, and even guest hosted the show multiple times. “There’s Johnny!” was created by Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, who executive produce with David Gordon Green.

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