Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s TCA panel on Frank Darabont’s new TNT series Lost Angels, Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said he hopes the period noir crime series will return after its 6-episode first season, but never for more than, say, 12 episodes at a time.
After the late afternoon panel at Red Studios in Hollywood, the executive joked “never say never,” but said he would like to see the series return to TNT for limited runs each December. He called the project a hybrid between an old-school miniseries and traditional longer season of episodes. He said some limited series seem perfect for summer but for this one “we would want to keep it in December.” Wright said the 6 first season episodes complete a story but “set up a beautiful Season 2.” During the session, he did not provide details but said the first 6 episodes will establish a “fantastic mystery established in the pilot that will invest you in the outcome.” Read More »
Gregg Henry is set to co-star opposite Christina Ricci in Lifetime’s movie about the famous murder trial of Lizzie Borden (Ricci), who was acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and his second wife. Henry, repped by Domain, will play District Attorney Hosea Knowlton, responsible for mounting the prosecution against Borden. He joins the film after finishing season three of AMC’s The Killing and also recurs on ABC’s Scandal.
British actor Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) has landed a heavily recurring role on on Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT series Lost Angels, which follows the turmoil surrounding the LAPD and ruthless criminal activities led by gangster Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke). Goldberg, who will appear in all six episodes of the series’ first season, will play Leslie Shermer, a mysterious man with a psychotic gleam in his eye who is the eyewitness to a past murder. Goldberg, repped by Silver Lining Entertainment, Global Artists and UK’s Gordon & French, next co-stars in BBC’s Peaky Blinders.
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Burns has been tapped to play notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel in a recurring role on Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT series Lost Angels. Additionally, Robert Knepper, originally cast as a recurring, has been upped to a regular on the 1940s-set crime drama. Based on the John Buntin book L.A. Noir, Lost Angels follows the turmoil surrounding the LAPD and ruthless criminal activities led by gangster Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke). After moving from the East Coast to California, Siegel quickly established himself as the Los Angeles mob leader in the late 1930s and early 1940s, with Cohen as his chief lieutenant. Siegel also was a Hollywood fixture, throwing lavish parties for Tinseltown’s biggest names. Knepper plays Sid Rothman, a rank-and-file mobster working for Cohen. The actor recently became available for a regular gig after his CW series Cult ended following a brief run.
Related: Jeremy Luke To Co-Star In Frank Darabont’s TNT Series ‘Lost Angels’
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Luke has been cast in a lead role in Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT series Lost Angels. The 1940s-set crime drama is based on the John Buntin book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City and follows the turmoil surrounding the LAPD and ruthless criminal activities led by gangster Mickey Cohen (Luke). The character was not in the pilot. Luke, repped by Luber Roklin and Pantheon Talent, will next be seen in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directing debut, Don Jon, and in Broken Horses.
Related: Daniel Henney & Brennan Brown In ‘Occult’, Ernie Hudson To Recur On ‘Lost Angels’
Paige Davis (TLC’s Trading Spaces) is set to star opposite David Koechner in A+E Networks‘ half-hour comedy pilot Whitey, from producer Leslie Greif. Greg Tuculescu (Bridesmaids) also has booked a series regular role in the project, which centers on Guy “Whitey” White (Koechner), a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Davis will play Whitey’s wife. Tuculescu, repped by TalentWorks and Odenkirk Provissiero, will play his friend, a paranoid war vet who maintains all sorts of wild political conspiracy theories. I hear the pilot, which is being produced under the A+E Networks umbrella, is being earmarked for History, though a decision about which net it will go to will be made if the pilot is picked up to series. Broadway veteran Davis, repped Michael Einfeld Management, 3 Arts and WME, recently returned to the stage to star in Chicago.
Gordon Clapp (Damages) is in negotiations to join the cast of Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT series Lost Angels as a recurring. On the period drama, which chronicles the battle between the forces of the LAPD and the West Coast mob during the 1940s and ’50s, Clapp … Read More »
Daniel Henney and Brennan Brown are set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot Occult, produced by Michael Bay and written by James Wong. Occult centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Henney, repped by CAA and Medavoy Management, will play Thompson, the Special Agent in Charge, investigating the abduction of the Governor’s daughter, who has recruited Dolan. Brown, repped by BRS, Curtis Brown and Soffer/Namoff), will play Monroe, Assistant Director of the FBI field office in New Orleans.
Ernie Hudson is in negotiations to join the cast of Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT series Lost Angels as a recurring. On the period drama, which chronicles the battle between the forces of the LAPD and the West Coast mob during the 1940s and 50s, Hudson will play Bunny, a mobster who has control of the clubs and joints along Central Avenue, who also happens to work for Bugsy Siegel. Hudson, repped by The Marshak/Zachary Co. and Buchwald, recently co-starred in ABC’s pilot Reckless and will appear in the feature You’re Not You.