Morgan Freeman is stepping up his TV producing game.
CBS has ordered a drama pilot from the Oscar-winning actor, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Film toughie Chazz Palminteri has been cast in the ABC drama pilot Drift, in which he will play the boss of an insomniac NYPD detective.... Lena Headey (Imagine Me & You) will play a single-girl superhero in Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall's Ultra, for CBS.... Balthazar Getty is the latest actor to be added to ABC's family sudser Brothers & Sisters.... Aldis Hodge, Coby Bell, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Hosea Sanchez have been cast in CW's Girlfriends spin-off. (Not a one of those names rings a bell for me, either. I just get giddy reporting on the UPN-WB mutation.)
Per the Hollywood Reporter, film cutie Minnie Driver will star opposite Eddie Izzard in the FX drama Lowlife, in which they will play traveling husband-and-wife con artists who decide to settle down in suburbia with their three kids.... Current How I Met Your Mother guest star Ashley Williams will play an over-the-hill rock star's manager's assistant in the ABC comedy Him and Us.... Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin is developing a "Jack Benny-style" variety show for TBS, says Variety.... Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall has earned the green light from CBS for the comic-book adaptation Ultra, about a single-gal superhero.
When you're master and commander of your own hit series, you can do anything you like: make a cameo appearance, name a character after yourself, give a job to your daughter, Tori... The sky's the limit! Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall knows this very well. So, she tells TV Guide Online, she refused to play God with the songs she writes and records with partner Michael Guidry as the Enablers.
"A lot of different people pick the music for the show, and what I do is make [our material] available to them, because, for me, it doesn't count unless they choose it," Hall explains. "Otherwise," she adds with a laugh, "it's just me putting my music on my own show, which is not hard to do!"
Finally, after almost a full year, Hall's team of taste-makers has selected one of her tunes, the perkily ponderous "Mystery," for use in Friday's season finale (8 pm/ET on CBS). We can't accuse the staff of kissing up to the boss lady, eithe