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Emmanuelle Vaugier Joins ABC’s ‘Mistresses'; Japheth Gordon & Joey Pollari Cast In ‘Take It From Us’

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Emmanuelle Vaugier has booked a six-episode guest role on the upcoming third season of ABC's summer series Mistresses. She will play Niko, who’s tough, sexy, rocks a very distinctive style and doesn’t care what you think about it. She becomes the new mixologist at Wunderbar and a thorn in Joss’ (Jes Macallan) side. Vaugier recurs on Two And A Half Men and Canada’s Lost Girl, and her feature credits include Stepdaughter and Teen Lust. She is repped by Evolution… Read

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Casts Newcomer Hampton Fluker As Series Regular

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EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Hampton Fluker has landed a regular role opposite Jennifer Lopez on Shades Of BlueNBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. The series follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and… Read

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‘Murder In The First’ Co-Creator Eric Lodal Exits TNT Drama

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Murder In The First executive producer Eric Lodal has left the TNT crime drama series, which he co-created and co-ran with Steven Bochco. I hear the abrupt departure happened yesterday, midway through production on the show’s upcoming second season. Veteran Bochco will continue as the sole executive producer/showrunner. "We thank Eric for his good work and wish him well in his future endeavors," a TNT spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline. The network would not… Read

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Ernie Hudson Cast In ‘Delores And Jermaine'; Corbin Bernsen In ‘Living On Video’, ‘Uncle Buck’ Adds Young Co-Star

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Ernie Hudson is set for a recurring role in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & JermaineWritten by comedian Jermaine Fowler based on his life, it stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Whoopi Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Hudson will play the grandmother’s love interest. The… Read

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Lolita Davidovich & David Clennon Among Cast Additions To ‘Dr. Del’ Indie Pilot

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Lolita Davidovich and David Clennon (Gone Girl) have joined the cast of Katie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler’s independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, inspired by Peter Hessler's New Yorker piece "Dr. Don." Written by John Sayles and directed by Jacobs, Dr. Del follows Del Canyon (John Hawkes) as he reluctantly returns to his small hometown of Isotope to run his family's apothecary, the only source for medical attention for hundreds of miles. There, he emerges as… Read

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Tom Wheeler Inks 2-Script Deal At Sony Pictures Television In TV Return

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After focusing exclusively on features for the past few years, writer Tom Wheeler is returning to television with a sizable two-script deal at Sony Pictures TV. The studio and Wheeler are already zeroing in on ideas for the two projects, which I hear both will likely be one-hour originals, one with horror elements and the other possibly touching upon science fiction. Wheeler wrote several projects back-to-back that went to pilot: The World According To Barnes (2007), Capta… Read

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Disney XD Orders Adventure Comedy Pilot ‘MTX!’

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Disney XD has given a pilot green light to MTX!, a live-action adventure comedy pilot starring up-and-comer Nathaniel Potvin. Potvin is a home-grown talent — he has done guest shots on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World and Jessie while the Disney casting executives have been looking to find a starring vehicle for him. This is a long-time Disney strategy, with Disney XD recently giving a straight-to-series order to comedy Gamer's Guide To Everything, toplined by Jessie… Read

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‘Happyish’ Gets Preview After ‘Shameless’ Finale On Showtime

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Showtime will sneak the pilot for its new comedy Happyish on Sunday, April 5, following the season finale of hit dramedy Shameless. The move should provide solid sampling for the new series as Shameless is one of the premium cabler’s highest-rated series and has a similar offbeat sensibility as the newcomer. Showtime is expected also to put the Happyish pilot on multiple digital platforms ahead of its premiere for additional sampling, something the network does with all… Read

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TNT’s Miami Drug-Trade Drama To Be Redeveloped

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The road to the screen for Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay's drug-trade drama is taking a new turn. I have learned that the project, which was picked up to pilot by TNT last fall, will be redeveloped by the cable network. While the current pilot is not going forward, I hear TNT brass liked the setting — the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s — and want to take another stab at it. Michelle Ashford, who wrote the pilot script before her… Read

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William Petersen Joins WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ For TV Return

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Former CSI star William Petersen is returning to television with a series regular role on the second season of the WGN America drama series Manhattan. Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos. Petersen will play Col. Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at… Read

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IFC Developing Father-Son Comedy From Ben Stiller, Jake Fogelnest, Legendary TV

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Following their collaboration on the comedy variety series The Birthday Boys, IFC is reteaming with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour on a new project — comedy Start Making Sense (working title), from creator and writer Jake Fogelnest (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, Billy On The Street). The network has ordered multiple scripts from the project, now in development, which is being produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart… Read

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James Lesure To Co-Star In ABC’s ‘Uncle Buck'; NBC’s ‘Heart Matters’ Adds Doctor

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James Lesure (Men At Work) is set to co-star opposite Mike Epps in Uncle Buck, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy. Like the movie, the series adaptation, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, centers on Buck Russell (Epps), a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of the kids of his younger yet more accomplished brother Will (Lesure) in a very childish way. Nia Long plays Will's wife in the… Read