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I Spy: News from the Week of 2/14 – 2/20

By on February 22, 2015

I Spy is back this week with even more tv goodness.

While you were watching your favorite shows, we were busy collecting a bunch of buzzworthy industry stories. Now we’re ready sign, seal and deliver them straight to you.

From the week’s trending headlines to the tidbits only your eat, sleep and breathe TV friend managed to catch, ScreenSpy has you covered on what happened in the small screen universe.

Check below for new and related news from ScreenSpy, then make sure to stop by next week for another “I Spy.”

The past seven days saw Empire‘s ratings empire grow, Modern Family announce a totally technological episode, and S.H.I.E.L.D. add a few more kick-ass ladies to its roster.

Sleepy Hollow Star Joins A Different Legion of the Dead

Jill Marie Jones can’t get enough of dead people, apparently. Jones, who can currently be seen in FOX’s Sleepy Hollow as Frank Irving’s former wife, Cynthia, has scored a co-staring role in the anticipated Starz network Evil Dead sequel, Ash vs. Evil Dead. The ten episode series would see Jones’ character, Amanda Fisher, working as a disgraced Michigan state trooper. Following the grisly events of her partner’s murder, she attempts to locate Ash and prove his role in the crime. Fisher will quickly discover, however, that Ash and his cohorts could be our only hope against a plague of the evil dead.

Amazon Gives Orders to Create A High Castle

The critically praised Amazon pilot based on the Philip K. Dick novel The Man In The High Castle just earned itself a full season order. Amazon also announced that it had green-lit two kids shows, the hour-long dark comedy titled Mad Dogs, and the  documentary series The New Yorker Presents along with it. The Man in the High Castle is based in an alternate history universe during which Germany and Japan win World War II. Now if that doesn’t give you nightmares…

Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) helps rally to save Empire Ent. | Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) helps rally to save Empire Ent. | Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Empire Ratings Breaking Records

FOX’s new hit Empire is building an empire of avid viewers, literally. Last Wednesday’s episode earned a 5.1 rating in the 18-49 adults demographic while reaching 12.9 million total viewers. The only show on television that is currently outperforming it is the golliath The Walking Dead. The series is currently wiping the floor with the rest of the broadcast and cable offerings so much that there are literally no historical comparisons to make between it and another show for context on how well it is doing. You heard that right. There has never been in the history of the Nielsen system a show that has seen week to week growth the way Empire has. How how you like that, Boo Boo Kitty!

The CW Announces A Season Premiere and Renewal

Last week the network announced the return date for its now summer series Beauty and the Beast. It wasted no time also announcing in tandem that the show would receive a fourth season. It looks like Catherine will live to be a beauty and Vincent a beast another day.

RELATED | Beauty and the Beast Season 3 Premiere Date, Season 4 Confirmed 

Stargate Alums Materialize In New Syfy Series

Space opera Dark Matter has managed to snag two former Stargate stars for work both in front of and behind the camera. Torri Higginson, known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Weir on Stargate: Atlantis, is set to make a guest appearance early in the series first season. Meanwhile, Amanda Tapping — whose character Samantha Carter appeared in both Atlantis and Stargate SG-1– will be directing the series fourth episode. Based on a comic written by Stargate dynasty veterans Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, the Dark Matter series adaptation (which the two have also written and created) sees a starship’s six member crew waking up from a stasis with no memory of who they are or where they’re going. Bummer, yeah?

Modern Family Gets Sorta Meta

The award winning sitcom has taken one large leap for TV-kind with its Feb. 25 episode, “Connection Lost.” Shot entirely on a Macbook Pro, iPhone 6s and iPads, the episode sees Claire turning to her family through her computer screen. As she sits in a Chicago airplane terminal, she asks for help in locating daughter Hayley, whose social media status updates tell a rather horrifying tale — for a parent at least. The clan helps Claire sniff out Hayley’s trail entirely through video messaging, facebook stalking and phone camera lenses. It’s a new window into the life of a modern family and modern filming.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Proves It Truly Has A Thing for Awesome Ladies

ABC/Adam Rose) ADRIANNE PALICKI

(ABC/Adam Rose) — ADRIANNE PALICKI

The Marvel enterprise announced last week a new super power foe set to see take the comics stage, while another gets a ‘regular’ job.

Emmy winner Drea de Matteo is set to play Karla Faye Gideon. An accomplice of Kyle MacLachlan’s villain Calvin Zabo, Gideon has an axe to grind with the agency. Oddly enough, the character has appeared in another Marvel franchise — Daredevil. The series has also upped Adrianne Palicki, who plays Bobbi ‘Mockingbird’ Morse, to a series regular for the third season.

The Hollywood Reporter Shares Cloud of Pilot Season Buzz Words

For our “not so tv” tv news this week and in honor of pilot season, we’ve got a few of the words most commonly found in pilot scripts as shared by THR. Some of the biggest were young, based, life, working, and inspired. Other  interesting words? Multicultural, forced, Knoxville, and telenova.

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