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New Celebrity Apprentice Cast Revealed

Cyndi Lauper and Bret Michaels

Two reality-TV veterans and a pop songstress make up part of this year's Celebrity Apprentice cast.

Bret Michaels, Sharon Osbourne and Cyndi Lauper may all get to hear the words "you're fired" from Donald Trump on the NBC program's new season.

Nine others are joining them, including...

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Pilot News: McCormack Plays Doctor, Prinze a Hero, and More

Eric McCormack, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Eric McCormack may get a chance to show us the funny again, with a starring role in an untitled ABC comedy pilot from Tad Quill (Scrubs). McCormack would play a heart surgeon and new dad, while Reno Wilson (Blind Justice) is his best bud, a contractor.

Cast as their wives are Jolie Jenkins (Shasta McNasty) and Constance Zimmer (Entourage), respectively.

Theoretically, this new comedy is a "second position" situation for McCormack, meaning ... read more

Ed's Tom Cavanagh Is Desperate, More Casting News

Sharon Lawrence courtesy Lifetime Entertainment

Tom Cavanagh (Love Monkey, if you will) has been cast as Sheriff David Reichert, the lead investigator on the trail of the worst serial slayer America has seen, in Desperate: The Search for the Green River Killer, a Lifetime mini based on Reichert's true-crime book Chasing the Devil. Also on board are Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules) and Sharon Lawrence.... Lifetime has also greenlit Matters of Life & Dating, a TV-movie starring Ricki Lake as a woman who resumes dating after surviving breast cancer. Holly Robinson Peete also stars. The pic bows Oct. 22, during Breast Cancer Awareness month.For truly Desperate (as in Housewives) casting news, see the Ausiello Report. read more

Fall 2007: 24's Prez Is in a Laughlin Mood

The newest pilot news, from Variety/the Reporter:• D.B. Woodside (24) has been cast as Marcus in CBS' Hugh Jackman-produced musical drama Viva Laughlin.• Marisa Tomei will topline CBS' The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud, the Oscar winner's first network series since appearing on A Different World 20 years ago.• Kate Burton (Grey's Anatomy) and Camille Gauty (Prison Break) have joined Fox's Supreme Courtships, playing a justice and her ambitious clerk, respectively.• Real-life football wife Holly Robinson Peete is the mom of a star wide receiver in ABC's Football Wives.• Mae Whitman (Thief) is The Bionic Woman's younger sister. Just think of the cool hand-me-downs!• Heroes' Tawny Cypress has joined Fox's K-Ville, as has John Carroll Lynch (Close to Home).• Fox has ordered a half-hour sudser about blue-collar families, from Idol creator Simon Fuller.• Kurt Fuller (Desperate Housewives) is the title femme's boss in ABC's See Jayne Run.• T... read more

Holly Robinson Peete Does Love Football

Holly Robinson Peete

Do not call Holly Robinson Peete on a Sunday during football season. She will hang up on you. The actress and wife of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete is passionate about the sport. To share the love, she's written a new book, Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game! A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football. And in her "spare time," Robinson Peete, best known from her stints on 21 Jump Street and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, is costarring in Love, Inc., a new UPN sitcom (premiering Sept. 22) in which she plays the founder of a romance-consulting firm. It seems like whether she's on screen or on the page, Robinson Peete has all the answers. But we wanted a few more. TV Guide: Per your book title, what read more

Press Tour Day 3 (UPN): Everybody Loves Rock

Everybody Hates Chris

Executive Session 9:09 "We’re thrilled to see everyone except Michael Ausiello today," UPN’s top PR gal, Joanna Massey, announces to the room. She might just as well have said the middle part ‘cause I know she was thinking it. As one insider recently confided to me, "You’re on UPN’s [poopy] list ever since you did that interview with [Veronica Mars creator] Rob Thomas." That probably explains why they didn’t deliver Snapple to my room like they did last year. I suppose I should be grateful I got the press binder. 9:11 Network chief Dawn Ostroff, in bragging about UPN’s impressive year, cites a 13 percent surge in viewership among the women 18-34 demo. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure read more

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