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Casting Bites: Maria Bello and Craig T. Nelson Join Company Men, Timothy Olyphant Lands FX Pilot + Comedian Cameo in Zombieland and More

Here are some of the latest cast additions in the world of film and TV:

Maria Bello and Craig T. Nelson have joined The Company Men.  The two join Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones in the John Wells-written/directed indepedently financed drama. [Variety] Pamela Adlon has been tapped by CBS to star […]

NBC Announces Cast of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

NBC officially unveiled the cast of the summer series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (John Salley, Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag, Sanjaya Malakar, Torrie Wilson, Stephen Baldwin and Janice Dickinson) but the real star of the Friday press conference was former Governor Rod Blagojevich who was denied to be on the show by […]

NBC’s Kings Moving to Summer

Well this sucks.  The history of NBC’s Kings should be well known by now.  NBC premiered the show on Sunday nights, but after just four poorly viewed episodes, NBC sent the show off to die on Saturdays, and now the network has pulled the show off the schedule until this Summer.

This past Saturday […]

Judge Denies Rod Blagojevich’s Request to Appear On NBC Reality Series

A U.S. District Court judge has denied former Illionis Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s request to modify the conditions of his bail to allow him to participate in the Costa Rica-based NBC reality series I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Judge James Zagel called Blagojevich’s attempt to join the show “a bad idea.”

Debra Messing Coming Back to NBC

NBC is in negotiations to pick up an untitled single-camera comedy from writers Josanne McGibbon and Sara Parriott starring Debra Messing.

The NBC pickup comes after a bidding war took place between the network and ABC.  The show will get a script commitment plus an episodic guarantee for Messing at NBC.

According to THR, […]

Casting Bites: Christian Bale Joining The Fighter, Zack Snyder Replaces Two For Sucker Punch!, Marlon Wayans Gets Biblical + more

christianbale-042109Here are some of the latest television and film casting bites:

  • Christan Bale is joining Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter.  The project also has a new director in David O. Russell (replacing Darren Aronofsky who was originally tapped to direct).  Here are how the two actors roles are described: “Wahlberg will play Ward, a fighter who was losing bouts and was ready to hang up the gloves when his brother came back into his life. Bale will play Eklund, whose drugs and robbery spree drew him a 10- to 15-year sentence in state prison. There, he kicked drugs, became a model prisoner and emerged as a changed man who helped his brother reach the glory that eluded him.” [Variety]
  • Jamie Chung and Jena Malone have been added to the cast of Zack Snyder’s all-female action fantasy flick Sucker Punch!.  Both actresses replace two others who had to drop out: Chung replacing Emma Stone will play Amber, a character described as a country girl with a big heart, while Malone will be taking over Evan Rachel Wood’s role playing the younger sister of fellow co-star Abbie Cornish. [THR]
  • Demetri Martin has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in Moneyball, a pro baseball drama from director Steven Soderbergh.  Martin is playing Paul DePodesta, a Harvard graduate who is into stats and probabilities and helps out Beane (Pitt) develop his system. [THR]

More after the jump. Continue reading Casting Bites: Christian Bale Joining The Fighter, Zack Snyder Replaces Two For Sucker Punch!, Marlon Wayans Gets Biblical + more

ABC’s Fast Forward, CBS’s NCIS Spinoff Among Pilots Generating Buzz

fastforward-042009The Hollywood Reporter has an article out about the pilots generating early buzz.  Chief among them is ABC’s sci-fi drama Flash Forward from Brannon Braga and David Goyer.  THR notes that the pilot, starring Joseph Fiennes, is a lock for a series order.

Other “hot” pilots over at ABC include Happy Town, Eastwick and Inside the Box, while Limelight, V, and the Dave Hemingson project also “looking good”.  ABC’s also looking at last year’s pilot Captain Cook’s Extraordinary Atlas again after the pilot missed the cut in August.

Other highlights that I took from the article follow after the fold. Continue reading ABC’s Fast Forward, CBS’s NCIS Spinoff Among Pilots Generating Buzz

Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, April 18, 2009

041809piechart-viewersComplete ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump. Continue reading Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, April 18, 2009

John Madden Retiring from NFL Broadcasting; Collinsworth Named as SNF Replacement

johnmadden-041609Veteran football broadcaster and former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, John Madden, is retiring:

“It’s time,” Madden said in a statement. “I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not.

“It’s been such a great ride. … the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion — it still is.”

Madden has been an NFL broadcast for 30 years, most recently joining NBC in 2006 to call games alongside Al Michaels for Sunday Night Football.  Before that, in 2002, Madden called games for Monday Night Football on ABC–also with Michaels.

NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol announced that Chris Collinsworth will replace Madden.

A statement from Al Michaels, and the full press release on Madden’s retirement, follows after the jump. Continue reading John Madden Retiring from NFL Broadcasting; Collinsworth Named as SNF Replacement

Casting Bites: Kristen Bell in You Again, Maggie Gyllenhaal Boards ‘Nanny McPhee’, Blagojevich to star in ‘Celebrity’ and more

Here are some of the latest cast additions in television and film:

Kristen Bell has been cast as the lead in Disney’s comedy You Again, from director Andy Fickman.  Bell will play a girl who’s horrified to find that her brother is marrying the very girl who made her life a living hell in […]

NBC Announces Renewal for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC has officially announced that they’ve closed a deal with Wolf Films to bring back the veteran crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for an 11th season (EW’s Michael Ausiello reported that the show was renewed a little more than a week ago).

As was also reported in that EW article, the […]

Casting Bites (TV): Diane Farr in NBC’s Parenthood, Joanna Garcia in Fox’s Cop House and more

Here are some casting bites from the world of TV pilots:

Diane Farr has joined NBC’s hour-long pilot Parenthood, starring opposite Peter Krause. [THR] Andrea Anders has been cast as the younger female lead on CBS’s comedy pilot Big D, but the role is labeled as a guest spot.  [THR] Joanna Garcia — from […]