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Cheech Marin To Co-Star In ‘Outnumbered’ And Harry Hamlin To Recur On ‘Army Wives’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In what would be be his first comedy series gig in almost 20 years, Cheech Marin is set to co-star on Fox’s half-hour pilot Outnumbered. Meanwhile, Harry Hamlin has been tapped as a recurring on Lifetime’s Army Wives.

Inspired by the BBC sitcom, Outnumbered, which is being directed by Larry Charles, revolves around one set of parents Sue (Ana Ortiz) and Pete (Cliff Chamberlain) who are often overwhelmed by their three children. Marin will play Sue’s dad, who is taking a pharmacopoeia of prescription pills and believes that sometimes the kids could use a good swat. Marin’s only major previous comedy series gig was his role on the Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace. The Nash Bridges alum recently did an arc on ABC’s Lost and co-starred in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete.

Recurring on the upcoming fifth season of Lifetime’s military family drama Army Wives, Hamlin will reprise the role of  Professor Chandler, a public advocacy lawyer, which he originated in a 2-episode guest stint last season. L.A. Law alum Hamlin is with Fortitude and the Independent Group.

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Lifetime Renews ‘Army Wives’ And ‘Diva’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has renewed its flagship series, Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva. Army Wives has been picked up for a fifth season, while Drop Dead Diva has been renewed for a third season. Both series have received 13-episode orders for a 2011 premiere. “Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva have lead Lifetime’s charge in scripted programming and are key components to our success,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and GM of Lifetime and History, adding that series’ renewal “allows us to launch our next generation of scripted series.” Under Dubuc, who took over Lifetime in the spring, the cable network has ordered 3 pilots, Against the Wall, Exit 13 and an untitled cop drama from Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman. The network will certainly use Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva as launching pads for any of the 3 that are picked up to series.

While it has slipped from the blockbuster ratings of its first couple of seasons, Army Wives still remains Lifetime’s highest-rated series ever. Its most recent fourth season averaged 3.2 million viewers, with its finale  (3.9 million) hitting season highs in total viewers and all key demographics. Season 4 also included a planted spinoff episode, but the network recently passed on it. Army Wives is produced by ABC Studios, with Mark Gordon, Deborah Spera, Jeff Melvoin, Marshall Persinger and Harry Bring executive producing. Its cast … Read More »

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