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TV CASTINGS: Christopher Lloyd Joins NBC Pilot, Burt Reynolds Boards CMT Movie

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 6:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Christopher Lloyd has been tapped for the last lead role in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor comedy. The multicamera centers on Dr. Adam Foote (Andrew J. West), who leaves a broken relationship and a job as hospital administrator in Boston to come home to Maryland and join the family practice, which includes his doting mom, Dr. Barbara Foote (Jean Smart), his father, Dr. George Foote (Jere Burns), and his grandfather, Dr. Robert Foote (Lloyd). Also cast in the pilot in guest starring/recurring roles are Octavia Spencer, Courtney Henggeler, Eddie Pepitone and Fahim Anwar, who is repped by Principato-Young. Gersh-repped Lloyd recently appeared on Fox’s Fringe.

Burt Reynolds is set to co-star opposite LeAnne Rimes in the CMT movie Reel Love, one of the first two films to come out of the newly created CMT Original Movies division, which will produce TV movies with a focus on romantic comedies and music-based films. Reel Love stars Rimes as Holly, a successful big-city girl who returns to her small-town roots after a family emergency. She then embarks on a soulful, comedic journey to reconnect with family and friends and find meaningful romance along the way. Reynold will play Holly’s father, a grizzled ex-Army, ex-cop, ex-trucker. The movie is set to begin production in late April in Ontario and will premiere in September. Reynolds, repped by KLWG and APA, will next be seen … Read More »

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CMT Launches Original Movie Division, Greenlights First Two Telefilms

By | Tuesday March 15, 2011 @ 10:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After entering the scripted series arena last year with its first crop of comedy pilots, which yielded its first scripted series, Working Class, CMT is expanding into another area of original programming. The country music-themed cable network has established CMT Original Movies, a new division that will produce TV movies for the network with a focus on romantic comedies and music-based films. The first two movies in the franchise, which will be released in late summer, are To the Mat (working title), starring Ricky Schroder and actress-singer Laura Bell Bundy; and Reel Love, starring actress-country star LeAnn Rimes. Both films will be produced by Entertainment One Television under head of MOWs Ira Pincus. “We’ve had great ratings success programming with acquired theatrical romantic comedies, so it is only natural for us to create original stories that are tailor-made for the CMT audience,” said CMT’s SVP programming Mary Beth Cunin.

Written by C. Jay Cox (Sweet Home Alabama) and directed by Rob Iscove (She’s All That), To the Mat tells the story of a laid-back ex-wrestler (Schroder) who’s trying to keep his family’s down-and-out southern wrestling school above water. When his mother hires an uptight Wall Street consultant from New York (Bell Bundy) to help get the books in order, the two opposites must find a way to get along and save the family business. The movie is currently in production … Read More »

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