TV Quick Hits: ‘American Crime,’ ‘Bull’ casting; Katie Stevens’ new pilot; ‘Today Show’ changes

TodayToday Show” switch-around – Coming out of the Rio Olympics, we’re getting a chance to further see what the structure of “The Today Show” on NBC is going to look like moving forward.

During the program’s broadcast on Monday, it was announced that Willie Geist will be stepping away from the third hour to focus more on everything else he has going on, which includes contributions on the other hours plus “Sunday Today” and “Morning Joe” broadcasts. If you’re a fan of his, rest assured that you’ll still be seeing plenty of him! Billy Bush is going to take his place covering the third hour.

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Katie Stevens joins Freeform pilot – Following her stint as Karma on MTV’s “Faking It,” the actress / former “American Idol” star in “Issues,” a potential show inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. Here’s is the base description:

“… [The] scripted show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type … Katie Stevens (“Faking It”) will star as Jane, who has just been promoted to her dream job as a writer for Scarlet Magazine. Equal parts passion and determination, she is sometimes a little overwhelmed by life in New York. Aisha Dee (“Chasing Life”) portrays Kat, also recently promoted at Scarlet to social media director; she is bold, fearless and not intimidated by anyone. Meghann Fahy (“Political Animals”) rounds out the trio as Sutton, the last of her friends to be an assistant at Scarlet. Sutton is humble and dependable, but her workload comes at two speeds – crushing or overwhelming. Furthermore, Sutton is keeping a secret from her friends.”

American Crime” casting – Per a report from Deadline, Benito Martinez is returning to the ABC anthology after having roles both on the first and second seasons. Some of the specifics of his role are still to be announced.

“Bull” gets “Good Wife” alum – Finally, TVLine reports that Sarah Steele, who played Eli Gold’s daughter Marissa, has joined the upcoming Michael Weatherly series as Ellen, the host of a podcast similar in some ways to “Serial.” One way or another, rest assured that she and Jason Bull are going to find their stories intertwined.

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