★Peacock has ordered a new series set during the time of the 1980s 'Satanic Panic' from writer Matthew Scott Kane (Stitchers). John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will direct. Hysteria! will explore the complex world of the Satanic Panic, set amidst ‘80s nostalgia, mystery, heavy metal, and an all-American setting. Hysteria! will follow the members of a struggling high school heavy metal band in the late 1980s. When their school’s beloved varsity quarterback disappears, the band members capitalize on their town’s sudden interest in the occult by building a reputation as a satanic metal band. Until, that is, a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings and reported supernatural activity sparks a witch hunt that leads back to the group.
★The previously cancelled Ink Master will be revived on Paramount+ for an all-new 10-episode season with a new host, Joel Madden. Former Ink Master winner Ryan Ashley, celebrity tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado and industry vet Ami James will be the judges. Original host Dave Navarro will also appear as the Master of Chaos, introducing crazy twists and game-changing bombs. The new season premieres September 7.
★Laura San Giacomo is joining the Disney+ limited series The Santa Clauses as La Befana, a Christmas Witch from Italian folklore who delivered treats to good children on the morning of the epiphany. She now resides in the Wobbly Woods of the North Pole.
★Rosanna Arquette is joining the third season of ABC's Big Sky in a recurring role. The season will be subtitled 'Deadly Trails' as its primary case revolves around a backcountry hiking trip.
★After yesterday's announcement of an Outlander prequel series from Starz, one person in particular was very surprised -- the novels' author Diana Gabaldon, who was mentioned in the press release as a 'Consulting Producer'. According to Gabaldon, she has no idea what that title means and no one from Starz has spoken to her about the project. She did announce earlier that she was writing a prequel book, and doesn't discount a role in the series but for now she has no information about what the series will be.
★Child actor Pat Rosson died April 28 at the age of 69 after suffering a heart attack. Rosson's first TV appearance was on a 1959 episode of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse ("Six Guns for Donegan"), followed by appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, Dennis the Menace, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Bus Stop, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, The Red Skelton Hour, My Three Sons, The Munsters, and Hazel. His last acting job was on the 1965-1966 soap The Young Marrieds. He also appeared in the films The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (which just celebrated its 60th anniversary) and Joe Cool (1963). Rosson's father was a cinematographer who also worked on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and his grandfather was also a cinematographer on The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain.