TV Fanatic Daily Feed: CBS Eyes Sheldon TBBT Spinoff, Stranger Things Casts Trio & More

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The cast of Stranger Things is growing on Netflix.

When Season 2 comes around, Paul Riser, Sean Astin and Linnea Berthelson will also be along for the ride.

ST2 Trio

Reiser will play Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a “clean-up” assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.

Astin will be Bob Newby, a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.

Berthelsen will portray Roman, an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she doesn't live in Hawkins, she' mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab.

In addition to Ryder and Harbour, they’ll join new series regulars Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, along with the group we've come to love already, Joe Keery, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown (of course she's back!!).

Geology Book

With The Big Bang Theory Season 10 being the last with everyone on contract, CBS is starting to make plans for a potential spinoff.

While it's fully expected that the wildly successful series will be renewed for another season, if not more, it's time for the stars to start negotiating contracts, and that means possible changes for the upcoming seasons.

The spinoff, titled Sheldon, would focus on the 12-year-old prodigy and all the crazy characters in his life. Hello Meemaw! It would also be partnered with The Big Bang Theory on the schedule, and if successful, be the series to take the place of TBBT when it eventually goes off the air. 

Yes, all good things must eventually end.

J Howard

Jonathan Howard has been cast on the upcoming season of The Last Ship as a British Royal Navy Commander and MI-6 agent. 

This handsome fellow is described as a cross between James Bond and a Navy SEAL, according to Deadline.

Fletcher is tasked to work with the crew of the USS Nathan James to recover stolen items crucial to the survival of the planet. I can't imagine what they might be, but it sounds a bit like an Indiana Jones situation.

He'll work closely with Sasha Cooper, who’s still with the ship, even in the absence of Capt. Chandler, who walked off Nathan James at the end of The Last Ship Season 3.

Sunny Man

FXX has scheduled the season premieres for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks.

On Wednesday, January 4, Season 12 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will return at 10:00 PM, immediately followed by the Season 3 premiere of Man Seeking Woman at 10:30 PM.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 12 will feature the gang going to a waterpark, dealing with a Wolf Cola PR nightmare and actually spending a whole day tending bar.

Man Seeking Woman Season 3 will see Josh face his toughest challenge yet: a serious, long-term relationship. Together, Josh and Lucy (Katie Findlay) will take on anniversaries, merging friend groups, ruthless drug lords, friendly forest creatures, student loans and even God himself.

Nashville's Chris Carmack confirmed in a tweet that Luke Wheeler, played by Will Chase, will return to the series.

The role, however, will be brief. He's now starring on Time After Time on ABC, but will be in concert on the Nashville Season 5 premiere on its new home on CMT.

That gives fans a whole new reason to tune in if they were afraid things might not be the same with the series they grew to love on ABC.

Even better, something fans always loved and was missing in the later episode, the music, will once again become a focal point of the country-music-business based themed series. 

American Housewife

If you've been enjoying American Housewife, you're not alone.

It launched as the highest rated ABC program on Tuesdays right from the start, and has now been given a back nine order of episodes for a full season of 22.

Katy Mixon stars as a flawed, but confident, mom who lives in uptight Westport, CT, where they don't take to flaws of any kind very well. I like to think of it as Odd Mom Out for broadcast networks. 

American Woman

Finally, TV Land handed out a series order for American Woman, a series based loosely on the upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards. Set in the '70s, the single camera comedy will star Alicia Silverstone and follow the sexual revolution and feminism.

Silverstone stars as Bonnie, a mother of two girls who, together with her two best friends, struggles to find her independence in a world not ready to give it. Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels also star.

"We feel very lucky to be working with John Riggi and John Wells on this fantastic series that is not only beautifully written and directed, but has a stellar cast that portrays the themes of the ‘70s in a way that is still relevant today,” said Keith Cox, president of development and original programming at TV Land.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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