Hartnett, Green join Showtime thriller

— Showtime says Josh Hartnett and Eva Green have been cast in the period psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful.”

Showtime’s president, David Nevins, described the production as a scary monster story with a different look and style.

He told the Television Critics Association that it’s the first genre series for the premium cable channel.

Hartnett will play an American who finds danger in Victorian London. Green plays a woman who carries secrets and risk.

“Penny Dreadful” begins filming this fall for a scheduled 2014 debut on Showtime.

‘Arrow’ season 2 gets addition of The Flash

— The upcoming season of The CW’s “Arrow” is getting some flash, as in the popular DC comic book character, the network announced this week.

“We plan to introduce a recurring character and the origin story of Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as The Flash,” said network President Mark Pedowitz. If all goes as planned, there could be a spinoff.

“Arrow,” which debuted in the 2012-13 season, stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, who is based on the DC Comics character The Green Arrow.

Kids’ network launches online hunt for host

NEW YORK — If you want to speak to thousands of preschoolers in the morning without worrying about fixing breakfast or calming tantrums, the Sprout TV network is offering an opportunity.

The cable network that tries to reach young children launched an online search for someone to help host “The Sunny Side Up Show,” its three-hour morning show. Aspiring TV hosts are asked to submit a 60-second audition video and send it to Sprout’s website, www.sproutonline.com.

Three finalists will be chosen to audition with Chica, its chicken character, in front of show producers in September in Philadelphia.

CBS renews series ‘Under the Dome’

— CBS says it’s renewing the summer series “Under the Dome” for next year.

The drama, about a small town enclosed in a mysterious dome, has been a success for CBS. It’s based on a bestselling Stephen King book.

CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves that King will write next summer’s debut episode.

More than 13 million people watched the June debut episode of “Under the Dome,” a strong number for the fall season, much less the summer.

Showtime exec hints at ‘Dexter’ spinoff

— Showtime’s president is hinting that a “Dexter” spin-off may be forthcoming.

David Nevins said this week that Showtime has signed a two-year deal with Scott Buck, the executive producer of “Dexter.” The serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall is in its eighth and final season.

Showtime says Buck will be working with the premium cable channel on several new projects.

At a Television Critics Association meeting, Nevins was asked if there will be a follow-up series to “Dexter.” In response, the Showtime executive noted the deal with producer Buck and suggested that reporters draw their own conclusion.

Associated Press