NY-based Filmbuff will release the holiday comedy-drama starring Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines day-and-date November 15. First-time helmer Will Slocombe’s Cold Turkey is from Midway Films and Burn Later Productions and also stars Alicia Witt, Sonya Walger, Ashton Holmes, Wilson Bethel and Victoria Tennant.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
At today’s final TCA panel on the ABC single-camera comedy Suburgatory — the story of a bright urban teenager (Jane Levy) whose single Dad (Jeremy Sisto) moves her to the “white-picket-fence nightmare” of the suburbs — show creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek said she was not influenced by the ABC family hit Pretty Little Liars in creating the fictional wealthy suburb these characters inhabit. Rather, Kapnek said, she was more inspired by the tone of ABC’s long-running life-in-the-suburbs hit Desperate Housewives, now entering its eighth and final season. She called Suburgatory “more satirical’” than Pretty Little Liars, with its suburbia featuring a “horror, zombieland quality” similar to what she sees in Housewives. Kapnek said the town is a healthy split between a realistic, contemporary atmosphere and a “stylized, evergreen suburbia.” But Kapnek’s biggest inspiration for the show was reality: her own experience moving from an urban environment with a single parent into a suburb “where families didn’t look like ours and we didn’t’ have as much as they did … there was an economic divide, there were expensive bat mitzvahs … [the difference was] all of the fortune the kids had, and the families were incredibly intact.”
Terry Kinney has joined the cast of CBS’ drama pilot Rookies, an ensemble cop show about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan. Kinney, repped by ICM and Brookside Artist Management, will play Yoda, the Field Training Officer for the rookies. On TV, Kinney, who co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, had a recurring role on The Mentalist.
Touched by an Angel alumna Della Reese has been cast in another drama project with spiritual elements, Marc Cherry’s pilot Hallelujah for ABC. The project is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., where the forces of good and evil are exemplified by hardworking, moral diner owner Rye Turner (Donal Logue), a family man who has had a run of tragic luck, and his longtime nemesis, corrupt millionaire Del Roman (Terry O’Quinn), who is a law unto himself. Del seems to be winning the battle until mysterious newcomer Jared O’Neal (Jesse L. Martin) arrives in town. Reese will play a wicked old conniver who has been the rock of Del’s life since his earliest memory. Also cast in the pilot are Robbie Amell as Del’s cocky, hunky young son, and Zoey Deutch as Rye’s daughter.
EXCLUSIVE: Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Cheryl Hines has signed a talent holding deal with ABC. Once the norm, such pacts are rare these days, with maybe a handful across all broadcast networks a season. Hines already has a history at ABC. She starred in the network’s short-lived comedy series In the Motherhood last year