Television in Brief


NEW DELHI — Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has won global acclaim for her role as FBI agent Alex Parrish on ABC’s “Quantico,” received a prestigious award from India’s president this week for her contribution to the Indian cinema.

Chopra received India’s fourth-highest civilian honor from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.

The former Miss World ventured into Hindi cinema in 2003 with the film “The Hero: Love Story of a Spy” and “Andaaz,” and also has a singing career.

Chopra, 33, who flew to India from her “Baywatch” shoot in Los Angeles to receive the award, said it was “the best award I have ever received.”

In her role on “Quantico,” she plays an Indian-American whose fledgling FBI career and freedom are in jeopardy after a New York terrorist attack.

NEW YORK — Gloria Steinem will host and produce a new television series on the Viceland network about the political impact of violence against women throughout the world.

Viceland said that the series, which will be called “Woman,” will premiere May 10.

As executive producer, Steinem is leading a team of all-female journalists working on the series. Planned episodes will report on sexual violence in the Congo, sexual assault within the U.S. military and extremism in Pakistan.

The network, a collaboration between Vice Media and the A&E networks, has been struggling to find an audience since launching two months ago.

LOS ANGELES — The sketch comedy series “MADtv” is making a comeback.

The CW network said it will air eight new one-hour episodes. The show’s format will include its signature pop-culture parodies and “politically incorrect humor,” the network said recently.

Cast members were not announced, but CW said the reincarnated “MADtv” will star up-and-coming comedy voices. The show’s hosts will be cast members from the original late-night series, which aired on Fox from 1995 to 2009.

Episodes from that 14-season run are available to stream on CW Seed, the CW’s digital network. Among the many celebrities who appeared on the show: Jack Black, Halle Berry, George Carlin and Jay Z.

A premiere date for the new “MADtv” was not announced.

NEW YORK — The bar is closing at “Kocktails with Khloe.”

The FYI network said that Khloe Kardashian’s talk show, designed to approximate a dinner party at her home, is ending in two weeks after 14 episodes.

The final “Kocktails” will air April 20, with guests including her sister Kim Kardashian with husband Kanye West, as well as John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

The little-known FYI network said in a statement that the show “brought new viewers and significant numbers to FYI’s linear and digital platforms.”

An estimated 496,000 viewers saw the premiere episode, but spokeswoman Heather Pastorini did not immediately have details on how many saw subsequent shows.

Pastorini would not say why the show is ending.

BEVERLY HILLS — Caitlyn Jenner is joining the cast of the acclaimed Amazon streaming series “Transparent.”

The show’s creator and executive producer Jill Soloway called the news “a dream come true” in a recent interview.

Soloway would not reveal any details about Jenner’s character. Jenner will appear in the series’ upcoming third season.

“Transparent” follows transgender character Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) as she comes out as a woman to friends and family.

Soloway said it was easy to get Jenner on board.

“We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her show, `I am Cait,’ ” Soloway said. “Lots of crossover. Lots of friends.”

Associated Press