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Aaron Tveit Toplines ‘Stereotypically You’; Jeffrey Donovan Joins ‘Sicario’; Courtney James Clark Cast In ‘Jurassic World’

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 7:49pm PDT

Aaron Tveit Toplines ‘Stereotypically You’; Jeffrey Donovan Joins ‘Sicario’; Courtney James Clark Cast In ‘Jurassic World’Aaron TveitAaron Tveit has the lead role in Stereotypically You, a romantic comedy from writer-director Benjamin Cox. Tveit plays Charlie, who goes on a hallucination-fueled post-breakup quest in New York City to find new love — and himself. Kal Penn, Shane McRae, Lauren Miller, Abby Elliot, Chris Elliot, Annaleigh Ashford, Lewis Black, Kelen Coleman co-star. Tveit also has landed a role in They Might Be Kennedys, which Neal McDonough is exec producing. The actor’s credits include the upcoming Big Sky and Undrafted along with Les Miserables, Premium Rush and TV’s Graceland. He is repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management.

Jeffrey DonovanJeffrey Donovan has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, which is filming in New Mexico. In the Lionsgate actioner starring Benecio Del Toro and Emily Blunt, he will play Steve Forsing, a no-nonsense DEA Agent who engages in an all-out firefight at the Juarez border while transferring a prisoner. Donovan starred on USA Network’s Burn Notice, which wrapped its seven-season run in September. His credits also include the upcoming feature Welcome To Harmony as well as J. Edgar, Changeling and Hindsight. He is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.

Courtney James ClarkCourtney James Clark has landed a role in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, from producer Steven Spielberg. She joins a cast that includes … Read More »

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Soft Start For USA Dramas ‘Rush’ & ‘Satisfaction’

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 6:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Soft Start For USA Dramas ‘Rush’ & ‘Satisfaction’USA Network premiered two new dramas last night, Rush and Satisfaction, both of which which opened with 1.7 million viewers. That is low by USA standards, with the network’s two most recent original dramas, Common Law and Graceland, debuting with 2.5 million and 3.3 million, respectively. As is increasingly the case these days, we need to wait at least for Live+3 data to see if there will be any significant DVR bump. It is worth noting that Satisfaction at 10 PM actually built on Rush‘s numbers, especially in the demos. Among adults 18-49, Satisfaction posted 626,000 viewers to Rush‘s 493,000. Both new series fell from the Law & Order: SVU repeat that preceded them.

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‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin Signs With ICM Partners

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 4:14pm PDT

‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin Signs With ICM PartnersEXCLUSIVE: Jeff Eastin, creator/executive producer of the USA Network series White Collar and Graceland, has signed with ICM Partners after being at CAA for more than a decade. Eastin has an overall deal at Fox TV Studios, which produces White Collar, set to end its run at some point with a six-episode sixth season. Graceland is now in its second season that premiered this month. Eastin’s credits also include NBC’s short-lived 2004 cop series Hawaii, and writing the 1999 pic Held Up starring Jamie Foxx and the screenplay for the perpetually in-limbo True Lies 2. He continues to be repped by attorney Karl Austin.

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Pedro Pascal To Star In Netflix Drama Series ‘Narcos’

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 9:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Pedro Pascal Narcos NetflixEXCLUSIVE: Hot off of his role on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, Pedro Pascal has been set to star opposite Wagner Moura on Netflix‘s drama series Narcos. Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers on notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Moura) and Javier Pena (Pascal), a Mexican DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him. Produced by Gaumont and executive produced by Padilha and Eric Newman, Narcos will premiere on Netflix in 2015. Pascal, repped by Innovative and Untitled, just wrapped a major recurring role on HBO’s blockbuster fantasy series Game Of Thrones and also recently recurred on USA’s Graceland and CBS’ The Mentalist.

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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And CableTV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves (and Netflix) for the first time between now and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

May 26:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 6 premiere)
MasterChef (Fox, Season 5 premiere)
BBQ Pit Wars (Destination America, new series sneak peek; time slot premiere May 31)
Rock My RV With Bret Michaels (Travel, series premiere)

May 27:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 9 premiere)
The Night Shift (NBC, series premiere)
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Season 4 premiere)
The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy, series premiere)
Heroes Of Cosplay (Syfy, Season 1B premiere)
Alien Encounters (Science, Season 3 premiere)
Boundless (Esquire, Season 2 premiere)
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, Season 2B premiere)
Little Women: LA (Lifetime, series premiere)

May 28
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 11 premiere)
Rogue (Audience [DirecTV], Season 2 premiere)

May 29:
Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN, Season 5 premiere)
Undateable (NBC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Sixties (CNN, limited series premiere)

May 30:
Crossbones (NBC, series premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv, series premiere)
Mystery Millionaire (WE tv, series premiere)
No Limits (Animal Planet, series premiere)
Derek (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

May 31:
Bet On Your Baby (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC, series premiere)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)
Enlisted (Fox, unaired episodes premiere)
Food Network Star (Food Network, Season 10 premiere)
Mountain Men (History, Season 3 premiere)
Return To Amish (TLC, series premiere)
Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery, series premiere)
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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

TV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves (and Netflix) for the first time between now and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

May 26:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 6 premiere)
MasterChef (Fox, Season 5 premiere)
BBQ Pit Wars (Destination America, new series sneak peek; time slot premiere May 31)
Rock My RV With Bret Michaels (Travel, series premiere)

May 27:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 9 premiere)
The Night Shift (NBC, series premiere)
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Season 4 premiere)
The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy, series premiere)
Heroes Of Cosplay (Syfy, Season 1B premiere)
Alien Encounters (Science, Season 3 premiere)
Boundless (Esquire, Season 2 premiere)
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, Season 2B premiere)
Little Women: LA (Lifetime, series premiere)

May 28
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 11 premiere)
Rogue (Audience [DirecTV], Season 2 premiere)

May 29:
Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN, Season 5 premiere)
Undateable (NBC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Sixties (CNN, limited series premiere)

May 30:
Crossbones (NBC, series premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv, series premiere)
Mystery Millionaire (WE tv, series premiere)
No Limits (Animal Planet, series premiere)
Derek (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

May 31:
Bet On Your Baby (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC, series premiere)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)
Enlisted (Fox, unaired episodes premiere)
Food Network Star (Food Network, Season 10 premiere)
Mountain Men (History, Season 3 premiere)
Return To Amish (TLC, series premiere)
Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery, series premiere)
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USA Picks Up Drama Pilot ‘Stanistan’, Announces 5 Comedies & 6 Dramas In Development

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT

usa-network-logoAfter recently picking up three new drama series, Rush, Satisfaction and Complications, USA Network has kicked off its next drama pilot cycle with a cast-contingent order to Stanistan. The network also has announced a pipeline of original series in development, including an alien drama from Carlton Cuse, a church drama from Jodie Foster and Bob Cooper, a farm drama from Michael Bay and Dawn Olmstead, a frontier drama from Tony Krantz, a ski resort comedy from Jessica Biel, a family comedy from Peter Tolan as well as a limited series about the origins of the Mexican drug cartels from Gregory Nava. “This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA president Chris McCumber.

Stanistan follows the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists strike a delicate balance of danger and silliness. From Universal Cable Productions, Stanistan is written by Andy Parker, who also is supervising producer, with Richard Scarth, Mary Louise Vitelli and Maureen Ryan (Project Nim) serving as co-executive producers. Steve Scheffer is executive producing.

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USA Network Sets Summer Premiere Dates

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rush_aspot_keyart_2490x1418_0USA Network is shaking things up this summer with a schedule that features four returning series moving to new time slots, joined by two new shows, dramas series Rush and Satisfaction, paired together. This is a rare new drama series launch on USA satisfaction_aspot_keyart_2490x1418_7where the newbies are not slotted behind established series. Rush and Satisfaction (formerly untitled Sean Jablonski) will premiere July 17, airing Thursdays at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively. Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, examines the world of renegade physician Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to LA’s elite. Satisfaction, from Universal Cable Prods, stars Matt Passmore and explores modern marriage at its midpoint. (watch the first trailer below). Read More »

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Fox TV Studios Topper David Madden Reups

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 4:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

davidmaddenFox TV Studios president David Madden has signed a new long-term contract with 20th Century Fox Television to remain at the helm of the boutique cable production company for at least four more years. Madden, a respected veteran TV executive and producer, was elevated to the top FtvS post in 2010 after a stint shepherding the company’s development as EVP creative development and production. He helped establish FtvS’ identity with such series as FX’s The Shield and The Americans, USA Network’s Burn Notice and White Collar, AMC’s The Killing – which he helped bring back from cancellation twice, once at AMC and once at Netflix. Because of the health of the company on Madden’s watch, FtvS was kept as an independent label after the company was put under the purview of 20th TV Studios CEO and chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman and not merged with 20th TV’s own successful cable arm, Fox21. “David encourages creators to take big swings, and the results have been breakthrough programs, from The Shield and The Killing to Burn Notice and The Americans,” Walden and Newman said. “He’s a smart, strategic leader who is beloved by both the creative community and his colleagues. We couldn’t be happier that he’ll be with us for many years to come.” In addition to White Collar and The Killing, which are heading into their final seasons, and The Americans, which is about to be renewed for … Read More »

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Renny Harlin To Direct Action Pic ‘Fallen Cross’

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

RennyHarlinRenny Harlin, who most recently helmed Summit’s The Legend Of Hercules starring Kellen Lutz, has boarded Fallen Cross, a Chicago-set actioner from Umedia that is set to go into production this winter. The pic, scripted by David Christopher O’Neill, centers on a reformed ex-Mafia enforcer Timothy Cole in his desperate struggle to protect his family from the crime syndicate he once served, the Chicago Cross. But first he must escape the confines of prison and return to his ruthless killer ways before the Cross can get to his children. Umedia’s Adrian Politowski and Karl Richards are producing. Harlin, repped by UTA, has been busy on the TV side, directing USA Network series like Burn Notice, White Collar, Covert Affairs and most recently Graceland. Producer-distributor Umedia’s development slate includes Universal War One, based on the Marvel comics, which Skip Woods is adapting; the Rob Cohen action pic Risk; and the romantic comedy Priceless helmed by Thomas Bezucha.

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Carmine Giovinazzo & Jon Sklaroff Join USA Cop Drama ‘Graceland’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT

Jon Sklaroff cropCarmine Giovinazzo cropCarmine Giovinazzo (CSI: NY) and Jon Sklaroff (24, Life) have landed recurring roles on USA Network‘s police drama Graceland. Giovinazzo will play Sid Markham, the head of LAPD’s Gang Task Force. Sid is more mind than muscle and uses his intelligence and ability to read people as a way to build relationships and close cases — but that doesn’t mean he’s not prone to acts of violence here and there. Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) grows close to him, seeing Sid as a helpful tool in taking down a cartel. Sklaroff will play Fritz, who has has made his living in the vilest way possible: through human trafficking. He uses intimidation and brutality to keep “his property” in line. The depravity of his operation leaves the team reeling.

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USA Picks Up Medical Drama Pilots ‘Rush’ & Complications’ To Series, Confirms ‘White Collar’ Renewal

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

tomellisomaraDr. Lawson, meet Dr. Rush and Dr. Ellis. USA Network has given 10-episode series orders to two medical dramas whose protagonists share DNA with the lead in Royal Pains, ER physician-turnenixd-concierge doctor Hank Lawson. Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, stars Tom Ellis as on-call doctor. Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and Fox TV Studios, stars Jason O’Mara as an ER doctor.  It’s been a big week for Nix with two series pickups, comedy The Comedians at FX and now Complications.

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white-collarComplications appears to be part of a two-project deal between USA and FtvS that also includes the renewal of White Collar for a six-episode sixth season, which we scooped last night. As usual, USA does not acknowledge whether this is White Collar‘s final season and likely will make the announcement closer to the show’s airing, as it most recently did with Psych.

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John Kapelos, Lindsey Haun To Recur On ‘Graceland’; Jeremy Luke Joins ABC’s ‘Saint Francis’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 9:47am PDT

kapelos1lindseyh1John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club, Justified) and Lindsey Haun (True Blood) have landed recurring roles on USA Network’s police drama Graceland. Kapelos will play Lawrence, manager of the garage through which the Solano cartel smuggles its drugs. He’s with Glick, Characters Talent Agency and A.D.S. Management. Haun, repped by Talent Works and Bohemia Group, will play Romona, a “working woman” from Fort Worth, TX, who propositions Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren).

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Bresha Webb To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Keep It Together’; Brianna Brown Joins ‘Visitors’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

webbBresha Webb, who was among the finalists for the new cast member spot on SNL, has landed the female lead opposite Romany Malco in ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot Keep It Together, from actor-comedian Kevin Hart. Written by Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan based on Hart’s life and stand-up, the project takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple, Derek (Malco) and Lorraine (Webb), who are trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences. Webb, repped by Greene & Assoc., Mosaic and Karl Austen, is recurring on Grey’s Anatomy and next will be seen in the feature Home.

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brownBrianna Brown (Devious Maids, Homeland) has been added to in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Penned by Soo Hugh, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. Brown will play Lena, who discovers that her daughter is being turned against her by a covert alien operation. She refuses to play victim and joins forces with her husband Wes (Barry Sloane) and Claire (Lily Rabe), revealing herself as the most ruthless fighter of all in order to get her daughter back. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Assoc., manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, recurs on USA’s Graceland.

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USA’s Sean Jablonski Marriage Drama Pilot Starring Matt Passmore Ordered To Series

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 8:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

passmoreUSA Network has given a 10-episode series pickup to the untitled drama pilot created by Sean Jablonski. The order marks a very quick return to primetime for former Glades star Matt Passmore who was cast as the lead in the USA pilot the second he was released from The Glades following the series’ cancellation by A&E. Produced by Universal Cable Prods., the Sean Jablonski project is described as a provocative drama exploring a marriage that has grown stagnant. It follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) who accidentally discovers his wife’s (Stephanie Szostak) involvement with an escort. Jablonski, who helped get USA’s hit legal drama Suits off the ground as showrunner on its first season, is executive producing the new series with Russ Krasnoff (Community) of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. It will film in Atlanta, Georgia for a premiere this summer. “This is a powerful new addition to our drama slate and marks the next generation of sophisticated storytelling for USA,” said usa-network__120824213139__121217230740USA Network President Chris McCumber. The Sean Jablonski series continues USA’s efforts to expand its drama brand beyond the blue-sky, fun drama procedurals with appealing leads that put it on the map and propelled it to the top cable ratings spot. Those efforts have included darker cop show Graceland as well as the recently ordered six-episode thrilled drama event series DIG starring Jason Isaacs. With the pickup of Sean … Read More »

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OSCARS UPDATE: Production Community Rallying To Add ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Member To In Memoriam Tribute

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST

2ND UPDATE, 8:45 PM: The tributes to Sarah Jones continue to pour in. Below is a photo posted at WhoSay featuring Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev of CW’s The Vampire Diaries, the CW drama on which Jones worked. And action continues at the Facebook group Slates for Sarah, which now is past 21,500 likes. Other below-the-line workers are getting in on the act as well; among the more recent pics posted to the site are tributes to the late camera assistant adorning a walkie-talkie and a large power tool.

UPDATE, 6:00 PM: The Facebook group Slates for Sarah, which is gathering tribute photos for fallen Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones from production crews around the world, has now passed 18K “likes.” The online petition to include Jones in Sunday’s Oscar In Memoriam segment eclipsed its goal of 10,000 signatures within 12 hours Tuesday and now is approaching 13K. It will be submitted to the Academy on Friday.

PREVIOUS, 11:35 AM: A campaign to include Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones in this weekend’s Oscars In Memoriam tribute is gaining traction online, but time will tell if the Academy will acknowledge the increasingly vocal outcry within the production community to her tragic death. Jones, 27, died Thursday in a train collision on the set of director Randall Miller‘s Gregg Allman biopic that left several others injured in Jesup, GA. Her death has raised growing concerns within the industry about set safety and culpability as investigations into the accident continue.
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‘Haven’s Emily Rose To Recur On ‘Graceland,’ Idara Victor Books AMC’s ‘Turn’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

emily-roseSyFy star Emily Rose (Haven) has landed a recurring role on USA Networks‘ police drama Graceland. She’ll play Jessica Foster, the FBI’s sexy and forceful Assistant Deputy Director who’s both Mike’s (Aaron Tveit) superior and his ally (and potential love interest). Rose returns to SyFy’s Haven this Spring for its split 26-episode Season 5. She’s with Domain and Forward Entertainment.

Idara Victor Turn AMCActress Idara Victor (Vegas) has booked a recurring role in AMC‘s new series Turn. She’ll play Abigail, a 26-year-old African American woman who was sold into the Strong household at the age of 13 and grew up alongside Anna Strong (Heather Lind), becoming her confidante and her housemaid. The period drama centered on the American Revolutionary spies known as The Culper Ring and is adapted from Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies. It premieres April 6. Victor is repped by Untitled Entertainment.

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How Will It End? USA’s ‘White Collar’ Faces Uncertain Future As Renewal Talks Stall

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 5:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

White Collar USA Network ProblemsBy this time, USA Network series White Collar would normally be deeply in preproduction, getting ready to start filming in March. But not this year. It’s already mid-February, and there is still no decision on the future of the buddy crime drama whose most recent fifth season ended two weeks ago. I hear there has been some communication between USA and White Collar producer Fox TV Studios but no meaningful dialogue so far. Given the way Season 5 ended — with a cliffhanger involving the abduction of Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) — it is safe to assume that there will be some sort of continuation, likely a conclusion for the series. The question is what that sixth and final installment will be. I hear the network has been mulling a short miniseries to wrap the story in the vein of Showtime’s The Big C, while the studio would prefer a traditional final season. While Collar‘s status as one of USA’s signature series would weigh in favor of the second option. All of USA’s other established series – Monk, Burn Notice (also produced by FtvS), Psych and In Plain Sight — have received a proper send-off with a final season (While USA prefers to announce the end of its series when their last seasons hit the air for tune-in reasons, all  producers are told at the time of the final renewal so they can plan … Read More »

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Courtney B. Vance To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Warriors’

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 4:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

courtney-b-vance-los-angeles-philharmonic-J0IyQM[1]Courtney B. Vance is set co-star in ABC’s medical drama pilot Warriors, from writer Chris Keyser, Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. Inspired by the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Warriors follow the best and brightest active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine. Vance will play Navy Lt. Hennessey Fiske, an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in neurology, a resident genius who can build anything including and special wheelchairs and prosthetics for the many young soldiers who come home minus their limbs. This marks the first collaboration between Keyser and Vance, who were in the same class together at Harvard. “Although I didn’t know Courtney in school, I’ve followed his career with the pride of a classmate,” Keyser said. “It’s only taken me 25 years to find the perfect part to bring to him. For this part of Dr. Fiske, Courtney was our first and only choice.” Read More »

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