TV Tidbits: ‘Arrow’ Casts Its Biggest Villian, AMC Amps Up The Drama

The powers that be on Arrow have snagged Once Upon a Time’s Dr. Frankenstein — aka David Anders — to play a truly monstrous villain on the freshman CW hit. The Alias alum will cause trouble in Starling City (beginning with episode 13) as Cyrus Vanch, a ruthless criminal who is released from prison but clearly has not learned his lesson. Vanch will be the biggest bad our hooded hero has ever faced. Dun dun duuun! [Zap2it]

AMC Gets Dramatic: AMC has ordered two new drama pilots from the producers of two successful shows. First up is Halt & Catch Fire from Breaking Bad EP Mark Johnson, which centers on “The personal computing boom in the 1980s.” But instead of being set in the all-too-familiar Silicon Valley, the setting is Texas’ “Silicon Prairie,” located just north of Dallas. Next is Turn, from Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson. Turn is a revolutionary war drama set in 1778, that tells the story of a New York farmer who rallies his childhood friends into a unlikely group of spies in the fight for America’s independence. [EW]

More Roughness to Come: USA Network is ready to tackle a third season of Necessary Roughness — the drama, which stars Callie Thorne as New York sports psychologist Dr. Dani Santino, is just about to be picked up for a third season. The new order will likely be for just ten episodes, however — a shorter stint than either of the drama’s previous two seasons. [Deadline]

Comedy Central Orders More Laughs: Looks like there’s something in the water — Key & Peele has also been renewed for a third season. The 13-episode third cycle of the show — starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — will premiere next fall. The sketch comedy series was an insta-hit in its January debut, winning audiences over with its unique sketches (including President Obama’s “anger translator”). “Since Obama won re-election, it only seems fair that we would give Key & Peele another season,” said Comedy Central’s head of original programming, Kent Alterman.

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