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Madeleine Stowe Among Latest Pilot Castings

Nellie Andreeva

Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny are set to co-star in ABC’s drama pilot Revenge centers on Emily Thorn/Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp), a mysterious woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the Graysons who destroyed her family. Stowe will play Victoria Grayson, the matriarch of the family and a social power broker. Having long ago masterminded the merciless destruction of Amanda’s dad Kevin Clarke and the ostracism of his daughter to a life in foster homes, Victoria has no idea that Emily is actually Amanda and welcomes her as a friend and neighbor. Czerny will play Victoria’s husband Conrad. Stowe, repped by Gersh and Brillstein, took a break from acting during the past couple of years to work on her feature Western script Unbound Captive, which she is also set to direct. Czerny, repped by the Glick Agency and Perry Zimel, was seen in The A-Team and on the first season of The Tudors.

Heroes alum Robert Knepper is returning to NBC with a supporting role in the network’s drama pilot  Reconstruction. Written by Josh Brand and directed by Peter Horton, the project is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason (Martin Henderson), a soldier who crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as … Read More »

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Noah Emmerich To Star In NBC’s ‘S.I.L.A.’ & More Pilot Castings

By | Monday March 14, 2011 @ 2:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Noah Emmerich is set to star in Stephen Gaghan’s pilot for NBC S.I.L.A., a complex ensemble drama in the style of  Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles. Also cast in the pilot, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, is Emma Dumont. Working in Mayor Virgilio Zaragoza’s Special Investigations Unit, detective Terry Mullins (Emmerich) has returned to Los Angeles to re-connect with his 15-year-old daughter Jennifer (Dumont) and try to get along with his ex-wife and Jennifer’s mother, high-powered attorney Mary McCarthy (Madchen Amick). Emmerich, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, recently did arcs on USA’s White Collar and AMC’s The Walking Dead. He will next be seen in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8.

Amanda Loncar and Sean Maguire have landed lead roles in NBC’s comedy pilot Lovelives. The multi-camera comedy, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, revolves around married couple Tim (Ryan Hansen) and Holly (Loncar) who, along with Tim’s siblings Blake (Maguire) — who works on Wall Street and believes that monogamy is impossible — and Maddie, and Blake’s ex-wife Kate, navigate the twists and turns of love in New York City.

Christa B. Allen has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Revenge, a contemporary re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo from a female perspective that centers on Emily Thorn (Emily VanCamp), a mysterious woman who comes to … Read More »

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Abigail Spencer To Star In ABC’s ‘Grace’, Several Other Actors Join Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) has landed the female lead opposite Eric Roberts in ABC’s drama pilot Grace, from writer Krista Vernoff. A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance, it centers on Michael Grace (Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters  with different mothers. He is in danger of losing his studio until his daughter Sarah (Spencer), a former dancer-turned-lawyer, decides to buy her father’s studio and run it for him before he loses it. Spencer, repped by ICM and Untitled, recently filmed the features Cowboys and Aliens and A Haunting in Georgia.  Read More »

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NBC’s ‘S.I.L.A.’ & CBS’ ‘Girls’ Find Leads

Nellie Andreeva

Cold Case alum Danny Pino has become the first actor cast in Stephen Gaghan’s pilot for NBC S.I.L.A., a complex drama in the style of  Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles. The project, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, centers on detective Terry Mullins, who works in L.A. Mayor’s Special Investigations Unit. He is partnered with Douglas Romero (Pino), a 3rd generation Angelino and a great surfer. Pino, repped by ICM and manager Geordie Frey, was approached for several pilots this season.

Little known Beth Behrs beat out several established young actresses to land the lead opposite Kat Dennings in CBS’ multicamera comedy pilot Two Broke Girls, co-written and executive produced by former Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings. The project, from Warner Bros., centers on two girls from very different backgrounds – Max (Dennings), poor from birth, and Caroline (Behrs), born wealthy but down on her luck – who wind up as waitresses in the same Brooklyn diner, and strike up an unlikely friendship that could lead to a successful business venture… if they can come up with $250,000 in start-up expenses. Behrs is with Stone Manners Salners and Binder & Assoc.

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NBC Picks Up Stephen Gaghan Drama Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

Oscar-winning feature writer Stephen Gaghan is making a return to television with a pilot at NBC. In his latest pilot order to a big-name writer, new NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt has given the green light to Gaghan’s drama S.I.L.A., which will be produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Gaghan, who won an Oscar for writing Traffic and earned another Oscar nom for writing Syriana, originally penned S.I.L.A. 18 months ago, with the script recently finding its way to Greenblatt. The project is described as a complex drama in the style of  Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles. In addition to writing, Gaghan, who has helmed two movies, including Syriana, will also direct the pilot. He is executive producing with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

S.I.L.A.was laid off at Chernin Entertainment and 20th TV because of Gaghan’s existing relationships there. Through a deal at 20th TV, Gaghan has a drama and animated projects set up at Fox, also through Chernin Entertainment, which he is supervising along with his development executive Suzanne Joskow. On the feature side, Gaghan has Dead Spy Running, a feature at Warner Bros. that he is writing with an eye to direct. Kevin McCormick and McG’s Wonderland are producing. Read More »

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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