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Daniel Sharman To Star In CBS Pilot ‘LFE'; Joe Spano In Fox’s ‘48 Hours Til Monday’

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Teen Wolf star Daniel Sharman has been cast as a lead in the CBS medical drama pilot LFE, from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, LFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural revolving around second-year residents at New York City's top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Sharman will play Joe, a good-hearted, expertly talented surgical resident. In addition to his starring… Read

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Chuck Lorre Remembers Leonard Nimoy In ‘Big Bang Theory’ Vanity Card

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Leonard Nimoy, who died last week, made a voice-over appearance on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory three years ago this week. That night, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) bought Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) a pair of Star Trek keepsake collectibles. Sheldon, of course, breaks his while playing with it and clandestinely tries to switch his toy with Leonard’s. Then Sheldon’s conscience — Nimoy’s voice — starts to get to nag at him. Tonight, series creator Chuck Lorre used… Read

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‘True Blood’s Rutina Wesley To Star In ‘Broad Squad’, More ABC Pilots Add Cast

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Rutina Wesley, coming off playing Sookie’s best friend Tara on True Blood for seven seasons, has been cast as one of the four leads in ABC's period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc. A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first female patrol officers in 1978, the project centers on four newly minted cops — Eileen, Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Wesley) &mdash… Read

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Harrison Ford “OK” After L.A. Plane Crash, Says Son

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UPDATE, 5:21 PM: Harrison Ford is “battered but OK” according to his son Ben. The younger Ford just sent out a tweet from the hospital with the Star Wars star. In a follow up Ben Ford said,  “Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad.” The Force is strong with this one. At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man. — Chef Ben Ford (@ChefBenFord) March 6, 2015 Ford’s agency… Read

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Johnny Galecki Brings In Andrew Haas To Join His Production Shingle Alcide Bava

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EXCLUSIVE: Looking to ramp up his output as producer of TV series and feature films, The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki has hired Andrew Haas to be vice president and his producing partner at Galecki's Warner Bros-based Alcide Bava Productions. The label is currently producing the Bobby Miller-directed The Master Cleanse, which stars Galecki, Anna Friel, Angelica Houston and Oliver Platt. Haas has a strong background in comedy. He was president of De Line Pictures… Read

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TV Land Hit By Layoffs As Viacom Consolidates And Looks To Cut Costs

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Not a happy day at TV Land: It was just hit by an undisclosed number of layoffs largely in PR and marketing as part of parent Viacom’s broad effort to cut costs. The entertainment giant “is making changes in three of our domestic network groups, creating two new organizations,” it said today in confirming the TV Land cuts. “Today's changes are part of the process of realigning our resources to meet the new needs of these organizations." Viacom has consolidated its… Read

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TriStar Wins English-Language Debut By ‘Wild Tales’ Helmer Damian Szifron

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EXCLUSIVE: TriStar has made a deal for the first English-language film from Damian Szifron. He is the acclaimed director of Wild Tales, which premiered in Cannes and then opened in South America last August and became the biggest indigenous hit in his native Argentina. It also was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The project is a mysterious thriller that he will write, produce and direct, and the logline is being kept under wraps. Szifron made his debut… Read

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Paramount Pacts With Lotte; Distrib Will Handle ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ In Korea

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Paramount Pictures is entering a a long-term agreement with Lotte, the Korean distribution and marketing company, which will include a number of the studio’s releases in Korea.  The studio also announced today that Lotte will open Mission: Impossible 5 in Korea on July 30. In addition, Terminator Genisys will be distributed by Lotte on July 2.  Last weekend Lotte opened Project Almanac.   Said Paramount's Co-President of International Theatrical Marketing & Distribution… Read

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Alec Baldwin Plots TV Return As NYC Mayor In HBO Series

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EXCLUSIVE: In his first major episodic TV project since his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin will star in and executive produce an untitled series for Universal Television and HBO. The series will be scripted by Wells Tower, and Baldwin will play Joe Byrne, a billionaire real estate developer philanthropist, and celebrated socialite/tabloid fixture, who is unexpectedly rocketed into NYC politics when tragedy strikes the incumbent mayor and he is drafted to… Read

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Harve Bennett Dies: Producer Of ‘Star Trek’ Movies & TV Classics Was 84

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Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramount’s Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoy’s death February 27. After executive stints at ABC and CBS and co-creating Mod Squad, Bennett had a hand in creating or producing some of the most iconic sci-fi… Read

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NBC Picks Up Sniper Miniseries ‘The Reaper’ From Weinstein Co.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Reaper has landed at NBC. I’ve learned that the network has given a production order to a six-hour miniseries from the Weinstein Co. based on the recently released book The Reaper: Autobiography Of One Of The Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving, the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper. I hear NBC went aggressively after the project, announced by the Weinstein Co. a month ago, and bought it preemptively. A writer for the mini is… Read

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Worldview Entertainment Shutters New York Office

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EXCLUSIVE: Worldview Entertainment, one of the investors behind four-time Oscar winner Birdman, has closed its offices in New York and has moved to New Jersey. Despite rumors that the company has disbanded its operations, a company spokeswoman said it’s not true. They are said to have six projects still within the company’s coffers, but dealmakers in town who have been in business with them “have written them off already” as a going concern. One person close to the… Read