EXCLUSIVE: Jason Statham stars in the action thriller based on William Goldman’s novel, previously made into a 1986 film starring Burt Reynolds. Statham’s set to play Nick, a gambling addict and ex-mercenary working for hire in Vegas. Filming is underway on Heat in New Orleans and moves soon to Las Vegas. Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Cedric the Entertainer, Hope Davis and Milo Ventimiglia have joined Sophia Vergara, Michael Angarano, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido in the cast. Two-time Oscar winner Goldman scripted himself. Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) is directing as Statham makes his producing debut with Steven Chasman for SJ Pictures.
Disney-ABC made the announcement this morning. Stand-up comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer has been named the new host of the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire beginning with its 12th season this fall. He succeeds Meredith Vieira, who is departing at the end of this season. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic TV.
CAA-repped Cedric is the second member of The Original Kings Of Comedy stand-up troupe to be recruited to host a syndicated game show, joining Steve Harvey, who has been on Family Feud since 2010.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot In Cleveland is becoming a franchise for TV Land. On the heels of the sitcom landing a best cable comedy prize at last night’s People’s Choice Awards and just in time for star Betty White’s 90th birthday on Tuesday, I’ve learned that TV Land has renewed its flagship comedy series for a fourth season. Additionally, I’ve also learned that the network has picked up the untitled Hot In Cleveland spinoff starring Cedric The Entertainment to series. The project, written by Cedric and Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, originated as an August Cleveland episode introducing Cedric’s character, Reverend Boyce. The network in October greenlighted a standalone pilot, which followed Boyce as he moves to Cedric’s hometown of St. Louis and has to balance his wild past with the expectations of his congregation and his family. The project, co-starring Niecy Nash, is executive produced by Cedric, Martin and Hazy Mills’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, who also executive produce Hot In Cleveland with Martin.
EXCLUSIVE: Niecy Nash has landed the female lead opposite Cedric the Entertainer in his TV Land pilot, a spinoff from hit comedy Hot In Cleveland. Meanwhile, former Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star Summer Glau and Daryl Mitchell (Brothers) have joined TNT’s drama pilot Scent Of The Missing.