TV News Wrap Up: 'Punk'd', 'Preacher', 'American Horror Story' & More

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This Week in TV:

BET announces a revamped version of the prank show Punk'd; Evan Peters checks into American Horror Story: Hotel; AMC's Preacher casts W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root; Mitch Pileggi confirms his return as Walter Skinner for the X-Files revival miniseries; and Netflix orders a new comedy from Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation).


At its upfront presentation this week, BET unveiled plans to bring back Ashton Kutcher's celebrity prank show Punk'd and revamp it for its own audience.

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Apparently, those plans do not include the original MTV host Kutcher, although a new host has not yet been announced. Here are the details that were revealed by the MTV sister network at the presentation:

'Punk'd' - A reboot of the popular hidden camera series tailored for the BET audience. For the first time, audiences will be taken behind the scenes as the pranks are conceptualized and carried through. Stakes are high as our viewers follow the ticking clock on the journey of pranking their favorite celebrities. Produced by Katalyst Media and from executive producer Jason Goldberg.

The original series was a huge hit for MTV, running for nine seasons and 74 episodes (2003-2012), while also adding the term of "being punk'd" to the pop culture lexicon. We'll see if there's anything new BET's version can bring to the concept and if it create the same type of anxiety in celebrities that the original show did.

We'll pass along the latest on BET's version of Punk'd' once we learn more.

Source: Variety


Evan Peters joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel, marking the actor's fifth go-round with the anthology series.

Evan Peters as Kit Walker on American Horror Story Season 2 Asylum

With the casting, Peters also joins co-star Sarah Paulson as the only two performers to appear on all five seasons of Ryan Murphy's FX series. Details on his new character haven't been released yet, but AHS fans know Peters is quite capable in just about any role - as they've seen him play a serial killer, a reincarnated monster, and a circus performer in past seasons.

So far, the AHS: Hotel cast also includes Matt Bomer (White Collar), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry), Lady Gaga (Machete Kills) and series veteran Kathy Bates. However, with filming on the new season scheduled to begin this summer, we expect a few more casting announcements to come soon.

American Horror Story: Hotel is expected to make an October 2015 premiere on FX.

Source: Zap2It


AMC's Preacher adaptation continued to round out its cast this week, adding W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root.

W Earl Brown cast in Preacher

In the show from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg - based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book of the same name - Brown's character not only acts as the cold-hearted sheriff to the small Texas town where the story is set, but he is also the father of Eugene Root (played by previously cast Ian Colletti), also known as the horribly disfigured Arseface. If the project is ordered to series, Brown is set to become a regular player in the story that revolves around a local preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) who becomes empowered with the ability to control those around him and then sets out on a journey to literally discover God alongside his ex-girlfriend (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire (Joseph Gilgun).

Known for his role as Dan Dority on Deadwood, Brown will also be seen in the upcoming second season of HBO's True Detective.

We'll continue to pass along the latest casting news on AMC's Preacher as the pilot fills out the remainder of its roster.

Source: Deadline 


A month after hearing David Duchovny announce that Mitch Pileggi would return as Walter Skinner for The X-Files revival series, Pileggi took to Twitter to confirm the news of his casting this week.

Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner in X-Files

Here's the official announcement from Pileggi himself:

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