EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Lane is set to co-star opposite Brendan Gleeson in The Money, David Milch‘s new drama pilot for HBO. Written by Milch and directed by Justin Chadwick, The Money is about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. Lane will play Gordon McCarren, a reporter for VistaCorp’s New York Herald whose job hangs by a thread. He hasn’t had a byline in weeks, and he’s desperate to garner evidence to support a hot scoop.
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WHAT: The Good Wife
WHY: “Why would I joke?” asks Nathan Lane’s Clarke Hayden, the trustee brought in to oversee Lockhart/Gardner and get the firm back on track. It’s a fitting question for Lane, who is better known for his comic delivery than for his dramatic chops. But, as the levelheaded Hayden, Lane forgoes the over-the-top theatrics and delivers a quiet performance that could earn him his first Emmy nom in a drama category (he’s been nominated previously for comedy guest roles on Frasier, Mad About You and Modern Family).
ONE-LINER: “I don’t like people who quit.”
The Good Wife has added Nathan Lane in a recurring role for the CBS drama’s upcoming fourth …
Fifteen months after it signaled a move into half-hour comedy development with its first half-hour script buy under the current regime, top-rated cable network USA has greenlighted its first two half-hour comedy pilots in more than a decade: an untitled Douglas McGrath project (formerly On We Go), executive produced by Nathan Lane who is negotiations to star, and Michael Feldman’s Paging Dr. Freed. “The pickup of these half-hour comedy pilots underscores our commitment to broadening the appeal of USA’s entertainment brand,” said the network’s co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber.
The orders put USA well on track to hit its goal of having half-hour series on the air by the fall 2013 launch of the network’s high-profile off-network acquisition, ABC hit Modern Family. The network has more half-hour scripts in development. Of the 12 series projects on its development slate announced at the USA upfront in May, five were half-hour. One of them was On We Go. USA ran several half-hour comedies under the network’s old regime in the 1990s, including Weird Science, USA High and Campus Cops, before USA rebuilt its brand as a home of light, character-driven hourlong series over the past decade. Here are descriptions of USA’s newly picked up half-hour pilots:
EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Lane has signed with ICM, ending a long run at CAA. Lane had been at the agency most of the last decade, but his agent, Tony Lipp, exited recently to steer Anonymous Content’s talent department along with …
We’re hearing that Relativity Media has inked deals with Nathan Lane and up-and-coming British actor Robert Emms (War Horse) to join the cast of its Tarsem Singh-directed Snow White movie. Stay tuned. UPDATE: Relativity has confirmed the castings and just sent out a release:
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At its upfront presentation in New York this evening, top-rated USA Network is set to unveil a development slate that underscores its commitment to get into the half-hour comedy business with five comedies in the works, including one starring Nathan Lane, one produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald and one with former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi on board as consulting producer. While launching original half-hour series has been something newly minted USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber had been looking to do for a while, now the two are finally making the push with the goal to have half-hour series on the air by the 2013 launch of the network’s high-profile off-network acquisition Modern Family. As there is no rush, Wachtel said half-hour development will be a “slower process” as “we have to find the right show.” An area where the network is putting a lot of pressure is unscripted, especially after the successful recent launch of WWE Tough Enough. USA is looking to unspool its first follow-up reality series later this year. As for the half-hour comedy projects, while the network launched its hourlong series brand with projects in turnaround, including Monk and The Dead Zone, more than half of the half-hour shows on the slate are “purely original development,” Wachtel said. Exceptions include the Nathan Lane starrer On We Go, which was a spec, and Fox 21′s We the Jury, which was developed elsewhere. Meanwhile, the hourlong projects on USA’s development slate, which hail from such producers as Mark Gordon, Doug Liman and Dave Bartis, feature characters that are “more provocative” than the leads on the network’s current series, McCumber said.
Additionally, USA is returning to the limited series genre with The Enclave, a project from writers Andrea and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men), which Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce is in negotiations to direct. USA had success with all three of its previous limited-series efforts — Traffic, The 4400 and The Starter Wife — the last two also spawning series. “It’s a way to broaden the feel and reach of the network,” McCumber said. USA also will announce a new hourlong Hollywood special with Vanity Fair West Coast editor Krista Smith interviewing three celebrities. While it has been ordered as a one-off, the network is open to doing more if the special is successful. USA has been looking to get into the daily talk show arena, and the Smith special is part of those efforts. Here is a list of USA’s scripted series now in development:
The Andrei Konchalevsky-directed The Nutcracker in 3D has been acquired by Freestyle Releasing and Cinemarket Films. They bought US rights and will release the film November 24. It stars Elle Fanning as young Mary, Nathan Lane as Uncle Albert and John Turturro as the Rat King. Mary’s boring Viennese Christmas …
TCA: Steve Levitan On McPherson’s Ouster, Nathan Lane Joining ‘Modern Family’, & Chances He’ll Do A Show At Fox Again
During a coffee break at TCA today, Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan dived straight in about Steve McPherson’s sudden exit from ABC Entertainment. “My genuine reaction was this …
The White House has just announced that next Monday WETA is taping for broadcast on PBS on October 20th “A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House” featuring performances by major Broadway artists and new talent presenting selections from American …