Penelope Ann Miller, coming off a stint on ABC’s Mistresses, has been cast in the network’s drama pilot American Crime. Written and exec produced by John Ridley, fresh off winning an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, it centers on the racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. Miller, managed by APA and Untitled, will play Eve, the emotionally shattered mother of the killed man’s badly beaten wife who is on life support.
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King & Maxwell alum Chris Butler has booked NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and TBD Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Cgristian Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Butler, repped by SDB Partners and Pine River Entertainment, plays Campbell Carter, the entitled/selfish childhood friend and neighbor of Dr. Parmenter. He has been recurring on The Good Wife.
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Just in time for Halloween, here’s a teaser for the stop-motion animated ParaNorman, from LAIKA and Focus Features, the partners that made and released the deliciously dark Coraline. Directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, The Tale of Despereaux) and Chris Butler (who also wrote the screenplay), it’s about a boy who speaks to the dead and is the only one who can save his town from a curse of zombies, witches, ghosts and grownups. Voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick and a bunch of other interesting people. It’s slated to open August 17, 2012. Enjoy!
Taylor Kinney, best known for his role as werewolf Mason Lockwood on Vampire Diaries, has become the first actor cast in Michael Patrick King’s drama pilot for NBC A Mann’s World. In the vein of Shampoo, the project centers on a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s who is struggling to stay young and relevant in a place where looks are everything. Kinney, repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment, will play the current “it” stylist at the spa, a smokin’ hot guy who is constantly pursued by beautiful women and whose goal is to have his own salon one day.
Chris Butler and Ryan Doom have been added to TBS’ pilot Hound Dogs. The project centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its recovering gambling addict general manager (Tom Verica) as they try to handle life’s ups and downs. Butler will play a longtime player who’s going through a slump and his marriage is falling apart. Doom will play a sex addicted, cocky pitcher who gets his shot at the majors. Butler, repped by SDB Partners and Pine River, recurs on The Good Wife. Doom, repped by SDB and Untitled, recurs on Raising Hope.
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EXCLUSIVE: True Blood has tapped Hawthorne actress Christina Moore to join the season 4 cast as a recurring. Moore — whose credits also include MADtv, That ’70s Show, and 90210 — will play Suzanne McKittrick, a WASPy Texas housewife who possesses certain special abilities. Moore will shoot her True Blood arc while on hiatus from Hawthorne; production on the TNT drama’s third season (its first with new showrunner John Tinker) is scheduled to get underway this spring. She is with Gersh and manager Dan Spilo.
Also landing multi-episode arcs on the upcoming season of True Blood are Neil Hopkins (a.k.a. Charlie’s brother Liam on Lost) as Claude, Claudine’s (Lara Pulver) mysterious brother, and Chris Butler (The Good Wife) as Emory, a prissy and conservative shapeshifter with his own agenda. Both are repped by SDB Partners. Hopkins is managed by One Talent; Butler by Pine River. Michael Ausiello is contributing to Deadline.com as he preps for the early 2011 launch of a new TV-centric website.