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‘Terra Nova’s Christine Adams Joins Pilot ‘Americana’, Jeremy Strong In ‘LA Noir’

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

That was quick — less than 24 hours after Fox cancelled Terra Nova, series co-star Christine Adams has joined ABC’s drama pilot Americana, a family soap that centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Ashley Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out. Adams, repped by Innovative and Hofflund Co., will play Robert’s wife Sierra, a bronze-skinned East African beauty and  former supermodel. The role is a far cry from Adams’ character on Terra Nova - Mira, the rugged leader of the Sixers rebel group. In light of the cancellation at Fox, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV has been shopping Terra Nova to other networks.

Jeremy Strong has been cast in TNT’s one-hour pilot LA Noir, written and to be directed by The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont. LA Noir tells the true story of a decades-long conflict between the LAPD, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by mobster Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of LA’s criminal world.  Strong, repped by ICM and Mosaic, will play  the second in command mobster, Mike Hendry. He will next be seen opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln.

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Ashley Greene To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Americana’

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Twilight co-star Ashley Greene has been tapped for the female lead opposite Anthony LaPaglia in ABC’s drama pilot Americana, a soap about a famous fashion industry clan. It centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out. Playing a character named Alice won’t be new for Greene, best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight franchise. Americana reunites the actress with ABC where she recurred on Pan Am this season. Michael Seitzman wrote the pilot with Phillip Noyce directing for ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.

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‘Lost’s Emilie De Ravin To Co-Star In ABC’s Drama Pilot ‘Americana’

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 3:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lost alumna Emilie de Ravin is set to co-star in another ABC drama series project,  pilot Americana, a soap about a famous fashion industry clan. It centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out. De Ravin, repped by Gersh and manager Darren Goldberg, will play Robert’s chic and outgoing daughter Francesca who is the head of events at Americana but Robert doesn’t consider her a candidate for the heir to his empire, which may have treacherous consequences. Michael Seitzman wrote the script, with Phillip Noyce, who helmed the pilot for ABC’s Revenge last year, directing. Seitzman, Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper executive produce for ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. De Ravin is currently in business with ABC and ABC Studios — she recurs on their hot freshman drama Once Upon A Time as Belle. On the feature side, she most recently starred opposite Rob Pattinson in Remember Me.

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Anthony LaPaglia To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Americana’

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 8:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Anthony LaPaglia, who had 3 pilots at 3 networks vying for his services, has closed a deal to topline the ABC drama pilot Americana, a soap about a famous fashion industry clan. It centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out. Michael Seitzman wrote the script, with Phillip Noyce, who helmed the pilot for ABC’s Revenge last year, directing. Seitzman, Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper executive produce for ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. This marks the return to television and the first TV role for LaPaglia since his starring turn on the popular CBS crime drama Without A Trace, which earned him a Golden Globe Award. The Aussie actor, repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment, is currently filming Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

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Phillip Noyce, Joe & Anthony Russo And Alex Graves Set To Direct Pilots

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 2:33pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Phillip Noyce, who helmed the pilot for ABC’s hot freshman series Revenge, is back on pilot directing duty at the network with another primetime soap. Noyce is set to direct and executive produce the Michael Seitzman-written Americana. The gig falls under Noyce’s first-look deal with ABC and ABC Studios inked last summer. Americana, from ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co., is a soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business. Noyce, repped by UTA and manager Ross Fineman, will executive produce with Seitzman, Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper.

Anthony and Joe Russo will direct and executive produce the NBC single-camera comedy pilot Animal Kingdom. The office comedy centers on a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka wrote the script and are executive producing with the Russos, Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan for Universal TV and American Work. The Russo brothers will direct the pilot as part of the two-year exclusive development deal they signed with Universal TV last summer. Anthony and Joe Russo, repped by WME and 3 Arts, won an Emmy for directing the pilot for Fox’s Arrested Development. The two went on to direct the pilots and executive produce NBC’s Community and ABC’s Happy Endings.

Alex Graves has signed on to direct … Read More »

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