FX’s American Crime Story to Tackle Hurricane Katrina in Season 2

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

FX’s American Crime Story to tackle Hurricane Katrina in Season 2

The Ryan Murphy anthology series will follow The People v. OJ Simpson with a 10-episode season focusing on the 2005 New Orleans disaster. It will be shot on location in The Big Easy.


House of Lies will become the first American scripted series to film in Cuba

The Showtime series’ Season 5 finale will be shot next week in Havana. Don Cheadle says of the trip: "Marty and the pod have traveled the world to land clients. But this historic trip to Cuba is definitely Kaan & Associates’ biggest and wildest adventure yet. It’s sure to be one for the record books, for both our characters and for our cast and crew.”


Grease: Live casts Boyz II Men as Teen Angel

The ‘90s R&B group will make a cameo performing the song Beauty School Dropout.


White House will have to respond to the Making a Murderer petition

The petition has surpassed the required 100,000 that triggers a response from the Obama administration. PLUS: Steven Avery believes his brothers may have killed Teresa Halbach.


Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City, orders Time Traveling Bong

Broad City’s renewal is for a fourth and a fifth season, while Schumer will return for a fifth season. Broad City’s Ilana Glazer is also starring in Time Traveling Bong, about two stoners who travel through time with help from a bong.


Samantha Bee wasn’t even approached to succeed Jon Stewart — her Full Frontal show won’t revolve around gender

The NY Times profiles Bee and her upcoming TBS late-night show, in which Bee says she’d much rather have her own show than someone else’s. "This is a much better experience and a much better fit,” she says. But her husband, former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, was blunter: “The fact that she wasn’t approached was a little shocking, to say the least. But I think she is much happier where she ended up.” The NY Times notes that Bee’s writer’s room appeared to be 50% male and 50% female. Her TBS boss, Kevin Reilly, says gender won’t be the core of her show. “That’s a trough you can only feed from for so long, if everything is about that,” he said. “She’s honestly too smart and has too much to say.”


TV Land orders pilot Nobodies from Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone

Originally titled Friends with Melissa, Nobodies revolves around people who are friends with Hollywood celebrities.


Being Mary Jane renewed

Gabrielle Union’s BET series will be back for a fourth season.


Frank Darabont reveals why he was fired from The Walking Dead

According to unsealed testimony, AMC cut the budget of its hit show from $3.4 million to $3 million an episode. "That was bad enough, but then they dropped the bomb on us that, oh by the way, they're keeping the tax credit," he testified. "They're going to pocket the tax credit. So, between the two you've got a full 25% cut across the board."


Stephen Colbert had a serious discussion with Killer Mike about race

The hip-hop star and Colbert had a chat about race that was rare for late-night—it was frank and challenging. "If white people are just now discovering it's bad for black and working-class people in America, they're a lot more blind than I thought. And they're choosing to be ignorant a lot more than I thought," Killer Mike said.


TV Land orders a third season of Younger

The Sutton Foster series has been renewed in advance of its Season 2 premiere.


History channel orders Jeremy Renner’s Knightfall

Renner is producing and may even guest-star on the series about the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades.


Harvard’s Hasty Pudding names Kerry Washington Woman of the Year

The Scandal star follows Amy Poehler, last year’s Woman of the Year.


New Girl
returns to its worst season premiere ratings

NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, meanwhile, returned to big numbers.


NeNe Leakes joining Fashion Police

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is joining the E! series as a special co-host.


Watch the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix drama The Get Down

The music drama “blends disco, punk and hip-hop to tell the story of a group of kids in New York in the late 1970s.”


Ion picks up Saving Hope for Season 5

The pickup follows CTV’s renewal last month of the Canadian medical drama.


Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth II drama The Crown gets a trailer

Claire Foy and Matt Smith star in the series about Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.


Yahoo’s Other Space isn’t dead yet, says Paul Feig

In response to Yahoo Screen’s shutdown, Feig tweeted, "We're working to keep it alive. So, please check it out. I'm so proud of this show.”


The Wire gets an animated opening

Animator Elliot Lim tries to encapsulate the HBO drama in a short video.


Natalie Dormer tries to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers, even while on set

“I only read the scripts that are relevant to Margaery and Highgarden and King’s Landing,” she tells Jimmy Kimmel. "So when the show airs, I’m sitting on the couch watching it like you.”


Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss welcomes a son

Burruss gave birth to her second son on Wednesday.


Former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky is pregnant

Fedotowsky and her fiance, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition's Kevin Manno, are expecting their first child.