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TV News Roundup: Bryan Cranston’s Amazon Drama ‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets January Premiere

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In today’s TV news roundup, Lyndsy Fonseca of “Agent Carter” and “Nikita” gets a lead role in a Syfy pilot, “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale joins Ryan Seacrest on New Year’s Eve, Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” gets a January premiere date, and more. 


Amazon‘s new drama series “Sneaky Pete” is slated to premiere on Friday, January 13. The show revolves around a con man, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who gets out of prison only to find himself hunted by the vicious gangster he once robbed. The series, co-created by Bryan Cranston and David Shore, is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

“Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence,” a six-part documentary series on the trial of O.J. Simpson, is set to premiere on Investigation Discovery on Sunday, Jan. 15. The series is narrated by actor and activist Martin Sheen, features new interviews with the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, and follows investigators as they re-open the case in an effort to expose any facts that were overlooked by authorities and question each move in the original investigation.

STARZ‘s anthology series “The Missing” has set its season two premiere date for Feb. 12. The previous season followed 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 Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), the girl who went missing over a decade prior.

Viceland has picked up three new series and renewed two of its shows. Food travelogue “F*ck That’s Delicious” will return on Jan. 5. New Viceland UK import “Hate Thy Neighbor” will premiere on Jan. 9. “Noisey” returns on Jan. 10. New docuseries “RISE,” hailed at Sundance, will premiere on Jan. 27. And new reality series “Nirvanna the Band the Show” will debut on Feb. 2 at 10 p.m., followed by the series premiere of mockumentary “People Just Do Nothing.”


Lyndsy Fonseca, known for her roles in “Agent Carter” and “Nikita,” has been cast in a Syfy pilot called “The Haunted,” alongside “Jessica Jones” actress Elizabeth Cappuccino. Fonseca will step into the role of Juno Bradley, who is described as a scientific woman who is forced to come to terms with a new perspective on the world after she realizes she can no longer rely on facts alone. Cappuccino will play Hester Bradley, Juno’s sister, who is searching for a purpose and determined not to miss out on the fun. The show will be supernatural horror-drama about four siblings who reunite following their parents’ deaths.


“Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has been lined up to host the New Orleans countdown as part of the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.” Hale will provide celebrity and fan interviews leading up to the midnight countdown and fleur-de-lis drop to ring in the New Year.


Fuse is renewing its most popular reality series, which stars musician Big Freedia, for a sixth season and has given it a new name, “Big Freedia Bounces Back.” The show follows the highs and lows of Freedia’s professional and personal life, and last season the singer recorded with Beyoncé, landed a new manager and continued to mentor a group of professional dancers. “Big Freedia Bounces Back” will premiere on Fuse in summer 2017.


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