We round up here recent events in the world of geek TV in advance of the holidays.

Erin Moriarty, who played Hope Shlottman in the Netflix Marvel series Jessica Jones, is the first announced cast member for Amazon’s new series The Boys (see “’The Boys’ Ordered to Series”).  Moriarty will play Starlight, according to Deadline, in the series based on the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic series.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has been canceled by BBC America, according to Variety.  The series was based on the writings of Douglas Adams; IDW’s Ted Adams was a producer, and IDW published Dirk Gently comics. 

The series added Alan Tudyk, John Hannah, Amanda Walsh, and Aleks Paunovic for the second season (see “Additions, Changes to Upcoming Geek Shows”), which has just aired.

Marvel’s The Punisher, for which Netflix dropped the first season on November 17 (see “New Trailer for ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’”), will have a second season, according to Marvel, which posted a short video with the announcement (below).  As expected, there’s no sign of any change to the relationship between Marvel and Netflix on the shows in the Netflix Hell’s Kitchen sub-universe in the wake of Disney’s announcement that it’s pulling its movies from Netflix to move them to its own OTT streaming service (see “Fate of Netflix Marvel Shows Reviewed”).

Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for a third season, according to Hollywood Reporter, which also reported that Nielsen had measured 15.8 million viewers of the Season 2 season premiere in the first three days after it dropped.  That puts it below the series peak of The Walking Dead, but well above where the zombie series scores now.