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TCA: Dramatizing Marilu Henner’s Real-Life Condition An ‘Unforgettable’ Experience

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

It was former Taxi star Marilu Henner’s appearance on 60 Minutes in December 2010 that was key in finally bringing to fruition — following a two-year gestation — the new CBS procedural Unforgettable, showrunner Ed Redlich stressed during a noontime TCA panel. The new Tuesday 10 PM drama premieres Sept. 20 and stars Poppy Montgomery as a former detective who carries a rare condition that allows her to remember literally everything she experiences. And it’s inspired in part on the true-life story of Henner, who is one of perhaps a half-dozen known individuals who have both the gift and burden of what’s termed “autobiographical memory.” That had been the focus of the 60 Minutes piece some eight months ago.

Henner is serving as a consultant on Unforgettable, permitting the cast and production team to get an up-close look at what the condition really entails. “When you see how this (condition) comes across, it literally blows your mind,” Redlich told the gathered critics. “Do we take some dramatic license with it in the show? Yes. But not a lot. … We sent a copy of the pilot to Marilu, who finally got a chance to pop in the DVD. The scene where Poppy’s character pulls stuff out of the air about a specific day (that happened years before), well, within seconds Marilu pauses the DVD, calls me and says, ‘No, that wasn’t Friday, it … Read More »

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Mosaic Manager Ann Blanchard Joining CAA

EXCLUSIVE (UPDATED BELOW): There’s been no announcement yet. But Ann Blanchard is already being accused of breaking Hollywood protocol by not first informing those agents repping her Mosaic Media Group’s TV management clients of her change of employment. Instead, she’s calling those clients today and trying to take them with her to CAA. As a result, agencies who gave her clients to manage are calling me spitting mad. For instance, UTA reps Mosaic’s TV biz and yet Blanchard today was phoning UTA clients to come with her to CAA. Before moving to Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic where she’s been producing several projects, Blanchard had been a TV lit agent and SVP at the old William Morris Agency and is now calling her former clients from there, too. Blanchard, who wasn’t supposed to start at CAA for another 3 weeks, already has 10 high level clients at the tenpercentery including Amy Brenneman, Ed Redlich, Alexa Junge, Doug Petrie, and TV director Michael Dinner. I’ve been hearing that CAA wants to widen its writers / creators / showrunners list after what is well known to be several ”off” years packaging pilots and down this year as well. Remember that movies are the glitz of the agency biz but TV is the cash cow.

UPDATE: Ann Blanchard just told me: “I feel terrible about this reaction and of course want to make clear that I truly value my relationships with all the agencies. I’m in the process of calling all the high-level agents I’ve worked with over the course of this weekend. … Read More »

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Poppy Montgomery Set As The Lead Of CBS Drama Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Without a Trace co-star Poppy Montgomery is returning to CBS as the star of the network’s untitled Ed Redlich/John Bellucci pilot. The project, which will be directed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, centers on a female NYPD detective (Montgomery) who possesses the special ability to remember everything and, although a gift in her job, it’s also a curse in her personal life. In addition to CBS, the pilot reunites Montgomery with Redlich, who served as executive producer/showrunner on Without a Trace for the crime drama’s first couple of seasons.

Montgomery, repped UTA and Framework, is currently in Vancouver, filming Strange Magic, a Lifetime biopic of JK Rowling, in which she portrays the Harry Potter author.

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CBS’ Redlich/Bellucci Pilot Is A Go, ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Helmer To Direct

By | Wednesday February 2, 2011 @ 11:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ untitled Ed Redlich/John Bellucci drama pilot, which was rolled over from last season, has been given a formal green light, with Niels Arden Oplev, director of  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, on board to direct.

The project, co-produced by Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios, centers on a female NYPD detective who possesses the special ability to remember everything and, although a gift in her job, it’s also a curse in her personal life. Redlich and Bellucci wrote the script, which is inspired by J. Robert Lennon’s short story The Rememberer, and are exec producing with CBS TV Studios-based Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly who originally developed the project while at Sony. Last year, the pilot was given a cast-contingent order but was pushed following difficulties casting the lead. I hear this time there are no contingencies.

The firm green light for the Redlich/Bellucci pilot comes on the heels of a slew of news stories highlighting the phenomenon of “superior autobiographical memory.” CBS’ 60 Minutes in December did a segment on  it, a rare ability to remember each day of your life as if it happened yesterday, which is posessed by only a handful of people in the world, including actress Marilu Henner.

This marks the U.S. debut of Danish film and TV director Oplev, whose Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie has grossed more than $100 million worldwide and has received 3 BAFTA … Read More »

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