TV News Bits: THE WALKING DEAD, WATCHMEN, THE PUNISHER, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY


AMC's The Walking Dead is heading into its ninth season this fall, and the show is adding two new regulars to the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Avi Nash and Callan McAuliffe have been upgraded to series regulars. The two joined the show as Siddiq and Alden, respectively, during season eight.

The Walking Dead returns in October with new showrunner Angela Kang.


HBO is bringing Watchmen back to life, and this news suggests it'll happen sooner than later. According to Production Weekly (via ComicBook), the show's working title is "Brooklyn." This suggests that the show will be beginning production soon. Hopefully, it won't be much longer before we get some casting news.


The Punisher has been shooting its second season for a while, and now, the show has added two new characters. According to Deadline, actors Corbin Bernsen and Annette O'Toole have joined the cast of the Marvel Netflix show. Bernsen is playing Anderson Schultz, a wealthy man who will use any means necessary to get what he wants. Meanwhile, O'Toole will play Anderson's wife, Eliza.

No premiere date for the new season yet, but with production well underway, a 2019 premiere wouldn't be surprising.


Legends of Tomorrow has built a rambunctious yet unified team over its three seasons, but that may change next season. Speaking with TV Line, showrunner Phil Klemmer teases that there could be some betrayal in the team soon. "I think we’re ready to maybe have some real betrayal within the ranks of the Legends. Things have gotten really tranquil, so next season I do want the Legends to sort of turn against their own. And I don’t want these to be cosmetic plot shifts, I want them to have consequences that will be lasting and that will affect the DNA of the show."

Legends of Tomorrow returns next fall on The CW. The show is adding John Constantine and Ava Sharpe as series regulars for the new season.


And finally, we have another casting update. According to Deadline, actress Kate Walsh has joined the cast of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy in a recurring role. She plays The Handler, the leader of a mysterious bureaucratic company. The show is based on the graphic novel series by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. A premiere date isn't set yet.

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