TV : Simpsons,Veronica Mars,Last Summer & more

Hank Azaria tells /film that he’ll no longer be voicing the controversial character of Apu on “The Simpsons”. The one-time “Mad About You” actor, who had voiced the Kwik-E-Mart owner from the get-go, says “I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something. We all made the decision together… We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and good about it.”

Hulu have confirmed that there are no current plans to pursue another season of “Veronica Mars” to follow last year’s revival. “We were thrilled with the entire Veronica Mars experience that we brought to our viewers,” Hulu SVP of Originals Craig Erwich said. “It was a really unique set of content in terms of having past episodes and then a new seasons. It was really interesting to see. We watched a lot of new people discover the show for the first time. For fans of the show, the opportunity to check back in and see where she is in her life was very exciting. That collection, that journey of Veronica  Mars in terms of the television episodes and in terms of her life as a character exists on Hulu and will exist for a long time. There’s still a lot of Veronica Mars for people to check out. Right now we think that’s a really satisfying narrative experience for them.” [More…]

Freeform has ordered the drama “Last Summer” to series, from Entertainment One (eOne) and executive producers Bert V. Royal (“Easy A,” “Recovery Road”), with Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple (“The Sinner,” “Limetown”). The pilot is executive produced and directed by Max Winkler (“Jungleland,” “Flower”). “Last Summer” is an unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers – ’93, ’94, ’95 – in a small Texas town when a beautiful and popular teen, Kate, goes missing and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette, goes from being a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from the POV of one of the two main girls (Jeanette and Kate), which will have the viewers loyalties constantly shifting as more information is revealed. Chiara Aurelia (“Tell Me Your Secrets”), Mika Abdalla (“Project Mc2”), Michael Landes (“The Liberator”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Harley Quinn Smith (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”), Allius Barnes (“Unbelievable”), Blake Lee (“Fam”), Nathaniel Ashton (“Mr. Mercedes”) and Brooklyn Sudano (“Taken”) will star.

Peacock’s “Psych 2 : Lassie Come Home” has added Allison Miller, Sarah Chalke, Kadeem Hardison and Richard Schiff to its cast.  The film, which is named after Tim Omundson’s Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter, will explore the marriage between Shawn, played by Roday, and Maggie Lawson’s Juliet after the pair’s nupitals at the end of the first movie. [More…]

Stephen Frears (“Dangerous Liasons”) will direct the Apple limited series “Dr.Death” staring Christian Slater, Jamie Dornan and Alec Baldwin. The UCP-produced series explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us. [More…]

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