Paradigm has signed UK actress Daisy Lewis, who joined PBS’s hit drama Downtown Abbey this season playing a new love interest for Tom Branson. Lewis appeared last year in Radius-TWC’s Pusher remake and starred opposite Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville in 2009′s From Time To Time, written and directed by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes. She’s also appeared on Netflix’s Borgia and guested on Season 3 of BBC’s Doctor Who. Lewis is also repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK. Downton Abbey makes its U.S. Season 4 premiere on January 5.
Molly Ringwald has signed with Resolution. The actress is developing and exec producing a drama at Lifetime as a potential starring vehicle with Jon Scott Shepherd writing. Her credits range from the 1980s films Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club to the 1996 ABC comedy Townies and a five-year run on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. She continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment.
Emmy-nominated Cara Buono has signed with CESD for theatrical representation. The actress, writer, and director, who earned her Emmy nod for her Season 4 turn as Dr. Faye Miller on AMC’s Mad Men, also appeared on the final two seasons of HBO’s The Sopranos. Buono’s small screen credits also include NBC’s Third Watch on which she was a regular, and guest spots this year on Castle and The Good Wife. On the big screen her recent credits include Matt Reeves’ vampire remake Let Me In and the upcoming indie The Discoverers. She’s managed by Brookside Artist Management.
EXCLUSIVE: Cara Buono, Ally Sheedy and Samantha Futerman are set to co-star opposite Eric Stoltz in Lifetime’s dramedy pilot Modern Love, from Sony Pictures TV. Created and executive produced by Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks, the project weaves … Read More »
Cloris Leachman today landed her 22nd career Emmy nomination for her role on Fox’s freshman comedy Raising Hope and may add to her haul of eight Emmy Awards, which is already a record for a female performer. But, despite being featured in the main credits of the show before the title card, listed as a cast member on Fox’s website and included on panels for the series, Leachman, who appeared in 20 of Raising Hope‘s 22 episodes, was nominated not as a supporting actress in a comedy series but as a guest star. The move probably helped the Oscar winner to snag a nomination in the less-crowded guest star field, but it also raises the issue of what really constitutes a guest star on a TV series as the line between a guest and supporting actor has blurred in recent Emmy races.
According to Emmy’s rulebook, “Comedy/Drama series guest performers with ‘guest star’ billing, or who are contracted as such, are eligible in the guest performer categories without regard to the number of episodes he/she appeared in.” The definition was originally limited to a single episode but was later expanded to three episodes and eventually the limit on the number of episodes was lifted altogether. Per 20th Century Fox TV, which produces Raising Hope, Leachman was technically a guest star on the first season of the show despite appearing in virtually every episode, so she was eligible for the guest starring category, something she won’t be next year as she is being promoted to a regular for Season 2.
Leachman’s guest starring nomination is part of a growing trend of the TV Academy moving away from the traditional guest starring stints involving a splashy performance in a single episode and awarding nominations for playing characters built over the course of one or more seasons that often feel like supporting roles. Not a single actor from a primetime series nominated in the guest starring categories this year has done only one episode of the show they got nominated for. Read More »