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Annie Ilonzeh Joins NBC Pilot ‘Coercion’; Cliff Chamberlain In ‘State Of Affairs’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:23pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ilonzehCharlie’s Angels alumna Annie Ilonzeh is set as a regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. The high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Ilonzeh, repped by APA and Vincent Cirrincione Associates, plays Julia, a no-nonsense Special Agent with the FBI assigned to work closely with Alex. She has recurred on Arrow and Drop Dead Diva.

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chamberlainChicago-based theater actor Cliff Chamberlain has been cast in NBC drama pilot State of Affairs, which stars Katherine Heigl as Charleston Whitney Tucker, a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. Chamberlain, repped by Innovative and Brillstein Entertainment, will play Brett Welker, a quirky CIA linguist.

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EMMYS: Final Presenters Unveiled

Loretta Devine, Paul McCrane, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Laurie, Drew Barrymore, Maria Bello, David Boreanaz, Katie Holmes, Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel, William H. Macy, Anna Paquin, David Spade, Rachael Taylor and Anna Torv were announced today as the final group of presenters for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which are set for Sunday at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The awards show is being aired live on Fox. (Previous presenters were set here and here and here.)

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Minka Kelly And Rachael Taylor Close To Angel Gigs in ABC’s ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are close to putting on angel wings. The Friday Night Lights alumna and the Transformers babe are in negotiations for the remaining two Angel spots in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels pilot. They would join previously cast Annie Ilonzeh to form the new trio of sexy female sleuths – Kelly, whose character will be renamed, Ilonzeh’s Kate  and Taylor’s Abby.

Producing studio Sony Pictures TV and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films went through an exhaustive search for the 3 leads in the Charlie’s Angels series reboot. Kelly was a name the producers kept coming back to and they are now reworking the role  to tailor it to her. In the current breakdown, the character, previously named Marisa, is described as a former U.S. Marine, a weapons expert trained in all forms of hand-to-head combat and a neat freak.

Taylor’s Abby is the youngest and sassiest of the Angels, the beautiful and privileged daughter of a notorious Wall Street crook who is an expert con artist herself as well as a Krav Maga expert.

Kelly, repped by CAA and Management 360, has kept busy since leaving FNL 2 years ago. She has been recurring on NBC’s Parenthood, which is produced by the same company that produces FNL, Imagine TV. She next stars in Screen Gems’ The Roommate, which opens Feb. … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Casts First Angel

By | Thursday January 20, 2011 @ 3:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the first new Charlie’s angel: I hear General Hospital co-star Annie Ilonzeh has landed one of the 3 leads in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels pilot. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, is a modern take on the Angels set in Miami and centers on a new trio of young and sexy private eyes – Kate, Abby and Marisa – working for a wealthy mystery man. Ilonzeh will play Kate, a very smart and very athletic ex-cop and a master of martial arts. She is the most serious of our 3 Angels but also knows how to let her hair down and have a great time. Ilonzeh, best known for her role as Maya Ward on General Hospital, recently did arcs on HBO’s Entourage and the CW’s Melrose Place.

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