'Heroes' Alumna Hayden Panettiere To Star In ABC Drama Pilot 'Nashville'
EXCLUSIVE: Former Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is heading back to primetime with a starring role in ABC's drama pilot Nashville. Written by Callie Khouri, directed by R.J. Cutler and produced by Lionsgate and ABC Studios, Nashville is described as a family soap about love, country music, family, politics and sex set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene. It centers on 40-year-old Nashville superstar Rayna James who is stunned to find that her star is fading… Read
Fox 2000 Taps 'Downton Abbey's Brian Percival To Direct 'The Book Thief'
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Downton Abbey helmer Brian Percival to direct The Book Thief, the Michael Petroni-scripted adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel that has been on the Children's Chapter Paperback New York Times bestseller list for 228 weeks. Twilight Saga's Karen Rosenfelt is producing, and a summer production start is being eyed. The WWII story involves Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich who survives by stealing books. Aided by her… Read
Elizabeth Perkins To Co-Star In ABC's Claudia Lonow Pilot Starring Sarah Chalke
Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins is set to star opposite Sarah Chalke in Claudia Lonow's ABC comedy pilot How to Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life. The multi-camera/hybrid comedy, from 20th TV and Imagine, centers on Polly (Chalke), a recently divorced single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Perkins) and Max, a couple who's full of life but knows no boundaries. I hear that the role, originally written a bit older, has been reworked for… Read
Chris Nolan Exits CAA; Will Follow Agent Dan Aloni Wherever He Goes
SHOCKER: Chris Nolan's Agent Dan Aloni Fired From CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Nolan has just left CAA, in the wake of the firing of Dan Aloni. A source close to the situation tells me that Nolan and his producer/wife Emma Thomas, will be going wherever Aloni lands. This makes Aloni a prime commodity in the marketplace, whether he goes to an agency like WME or becomes a manager. I broke the story earlier today when CAA abruptly fired Aloni, on the grounds that he didn't mesh with… Read
Christopher Lloyd Among Pilot Additions
Veteran Christpher Lloyd has been tapped to star opposite John Leguizamo and Dustin Ybarra in ABC's multicamera comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses. Based on the British format, the multicamera comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney (Ybarra), and their aging grandfather (Lloyd) as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Also cast in the pilot is BJ Bales… Read
Romeo Miller Re-Teams With Tom Lynch For Musical Sitcom
EXCLUSIVE: Almost a decade after Romeo Miller first teamed with Tom Lynch for the Nickelodeon series Romeo!, the actor/rapper is back in business with the pre-eminent producer of comedy series for the tween and teen set. The two are collaborating on RESQ3, a high-school show that focuses on teen social issues. The musical sitcom with drama elements features Miller and his new rap/rock band RESQ3, including drummer Christian Brock and guitarist/vocalist Myles… Read
'Killer Joe' Gets NC-17; Planning To Appeal Rating
EXCLUSIVE: Another movie has gotten an NC-17. Killer Joe, the Billy Friedkin-directed adaptation of the Tracy Letts play just got an NC-17 rating. That is one of the first releases by LD Entertainment, the new distribution company started by Mickey Liddell and run by David Dinerstein. They will appeal the rating and it's unusual; Letts is the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright of August: Osage County.This one is a garish, sexy black comedy that stars Matthew… Read
Writer-Producer Rina Mimoun Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios
EXCLUSIVE: After a decade at Warner Bros TV, writer-producer Rina Mimoun is moving to ABC Studios where she has signed a two-year overall deal. Under the rich seven-figure pact, Mimoun will develop new projects for the studio and join its upcoming series Mistresses as an executive producer. The soap, based on the British format, was recently given a straight-to-series order for a summer 2013 launch. It was written by The Nine co-creator KJ Steinberg, who is executive… Read
UPDATE: Nicollette Sheridan Will Be First On Stand As 'Desperate Housewives' Trial Wraps Opening Statements
Freelance writer Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor
3RD UPDATE, 4:35 PM: Stephen McPherson killed Edie Britt. That's according to defense lawyer Adam Levin in his opening statement late this afternoon. Levin claims that the former ABC Entertainment president gave Desperate Housewives creator/executive producer Cherry the OK to kill off Nicollette Sheridan's character on the series — months before an alleged head-slapping incident between the actress and Cherry… Read
Dane Cook To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot 'Next Caller Please'
Dane Cook is set to star in the NBC's single-camera comedy pilot Next Caller Please. The Lionsgate/Universal TV project, written by Stephen Falk, centers on Cam Doherty (Cook), a brash, hard-drinking, no-filter maverick DJ of a satellite radio show whose world is rocked with the arrival of perky, feminist new on-air co-host Stella Stoobler (Collette Wolfe). Cook's casting stems from the NBC development deal he signed last fall. Cook most recently guest starred on the FX… Read
Simon & Schuster Shifts Pub Date Of 'Savages' Prequel To Coincide With Film Release
EXCLUSIVE: Simon & Schuster has moved the publication date of the Don Winslow novel The Kings Of Cool from fall to June 26. The move was made to bring the book closer to the launch of Savages, the Oliver Stone-directed adaptation of Winslow's novel that stars Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively. The Kings Of Cool is a prequel to Savages. After seeing Stone's cut, Universal Pictures moved Savages from September 28 to July 6, where the film's summer setting seemed… Read
Sony Classics Takes Worldwide Rights to 'West Of Memphis'
The high-profile documentary directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) debuted at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson produced the film with first-time producers Damien Echols (a subject of the film) and Lorri Davis. West Of Memphis centers on the new investigation surrounding the the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in the town of West Memphis, Ark., that ultimately broke the case open and led to the release of… Read