MTV’s ‘Faking It’ Casts a Trans Actor for Transgender Role

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MTV’s Faking It casts a trans actor for transgender role

Newcomer Elliot Fletcher won his role after the MTV series put out a YouTube casting call seeking transgender actors and actresses for Season 3.

ABC’s entertainment president steps down after losing a power struggle

Paul Lee, who was responsible for ABC’s Shondaland “TGIT” Thursday block and for pushing for more diversity on his TV shows, “resigned on Wednesday after losing a power struggle with a higher-ranking executive,” according to The NY Times. UPDATE: Lee’s replacement, Channing Dungey, becomes the first black person to run a broadcast network — she’s the sister of Alias alum Merrin Dungey.

Gilmore Girls revival brings back Sally Struthers, plus Stars Hollow town leader Taylor Doose

Struthers will reprise her role as nosy neighbor Babette, while Michael Winters returns as owner of his Stars Hollow market.

HBO’s Vinyl premieres to just 764,000 viewers

The two-hour pilot for the ’70s music industry drama even had lower ratings than John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, which followed at 11 pm on Sunday with 1 million viewers. HBO, however, will likely blame the low ratings on the long holiday weekend, going up against The Walking Dead’s midseason premiere and the fact that overnight ratings aren’t as important nowadays.

Lisa Bonet joins Ray Donovan

She’ll play an “unstable woman with a damaging secret” in Season 4.

NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch gambled away his $100 million fortune

Milch, 70, owes the IRS $17 million and is on a $40-a-week allowance.

HBO to tackle campaign reform in a film from Alexandra Pelosi

Pelosi, who chronicled the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign on HBO’s Journeys with George, will debut her film in time for the election this fall.

Wayward Pines adds Djimon Hounsou

The two-time Oscar nominee has been cast as the town historian in his first regular TV role.

ESPN under fire for its new college basketball “floor seat” camera angle

Viewers did not appreciate at staring at referees’ butts during last night’s Ohio State–Michigan game.

Schitt’s Creek earns a third season in Canada

The Pop network has yet to decide if it will air Season 3 of the Eugene Levy-Catherine O’Hara sitcom.

Cops responded to a family screaming over The Walking Dead

The midseason premiere prompted screams so loud from one Montana family that neighbors called 911. PLUS: Sunday’s midseason premiere was down from last year’s midseason premiere.

SXSW will include a full Mr. Robot experience

A 100-foot ferris wheel, a hacker lounge, a graffiti wall, retro arcade games and “hactivists” posing for photos will be part of this year’s SXSW Mr. Robot-themed festivities.

True Blood alum Kelly Overton cast as Syfy’s Van Helsing

She’ll play Vanessa Helsing, daughter of the legendary slayer.

Heroes Reborn’s Eve Harlow joins ABC’s The Jury

She’ll play a jury member who is “nonplussed” with a “contrarian attitude that borders on nihilism.”

Melissa McCarthy goes on a supermarket rampage in an SNL cut-for-time sketch

Watch McCarthy take out everyone in her way in the “Supermarket Spree” sketch.