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Six Feet Under Vet Teams with J.J. Abrams, Grey's

Writer-producer Jill Soloway, who since Six Feet Under's demise has been working on features, has inked deals to develop a one-hour comedy project with J.J. Abrams and join Grey's Anatomy as a consulting producer. Per the Reporter, should the Abrams project go to pilot, Soloway will focus on it full-time; if not, she will continue on at Grey's as a co-executive producer. "I feel like the luckiest person in the world," Soloway tells the trade. "I've loved [Abrams] since Felicity" — this even though she was rumored to be Team Noel. read more

J.J.'s Anatomy: Cast Revealed for Abrams' Latest

The cast for The Anatomy of Hope, an HBO medical-drama pilot from J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) that explores cancer battles from the patients' point of view, includes Chris Messina (Six Feet Under) and Simon Callow (The Phantom of the Opera) as oncologists, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Also on board, playing cancer patients past, present and potential, are John Ortiz (Miami Vice), Valerie Pettiford (Half & Half), Matt Craven (Disturbia) and Daryl Edwards (Rent). read more

Heroes' Greg Grunberg Proves to Be a Real Superman

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg, who stars as telepathic Matt Parkman on NBC's Heroes, is using his real-life powers for good, not evil, by chairing the upcoming Epilepsy Foundation walk and working on an art auction to support the worthy cause. TVGuide.com caught up with Grunberg, whose son Jake suffers from the condition, to find out more about his charitable efforts, his celebrity band and, of course, what's coming up on Heroes. TVGuide.com: Tell me a little bit more about the auction. How did you convince the artists and the show to donate art to the Epilepsy Foundation?Greg Grunberg: That would have been the greatest feat of salesmanship for me, but it wasn't. They're just incredibly generous and they know how important it is to me. Also, I've been working for NBC for a long time, so [NBC Entertainment honchos] Kevin Riley a read more

The Plan to Make ABC's Six Degrees Hotter Than Ever

Bridget Moynahan and Campbell Scott, Six Degrees

It was a long six months ago that Six Degrees debuted on ABC. Spinning the separate-yet-sometimes-intertwined stories of a half dozen New Yorkers — played by Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Erika Christensen, Dorian Missick, Campbell Scott and Hope Davis — the J.J. Abrams-produced drama opened strong in its cushy post-Grey's Anatomy ti read more

Terry O'Quinn Teases a "Spectacular" Lost Reveal!

Terry O'Quinn, Lost

The origin of Jack's tattoos? Puh-lease. On this Wednesday's Lost (10 pm/ET, on ABC), longtime fans will get the answer to a far more provocative mystery: What paralyzed John Locke and landed him in a wheelchair in the first place? Terry O'Quinn shared with TVGuide.com a sneak peek. Plus, the original cast member's thoughts on airing next season without a break. TVGuide.com: According to the ABC summary for this episode, "Ben tries to persuade a determined Locke to call off his destructive plan by offering him some of the secrets of the island." What can you tease about Locke's plan?Terry O'Quinn: Nothing. [Laughs] I don't know how to do teases. There are no revelations I can give you because I'm not careful enough. I don't know what's safe to say or what's not safe to say. TVGuide.com: Which read more

At the Movies: Abrams' Trek Is a Christmas Present

Per Variety, a Christmas Day 2008 release date has been set aside for the new Star Trek feature to be helmed by J.J. Abrams, produced by Lost cohort Damon Lindelof, and penned by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Mission: Impossible III).... Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III) will direct a remake of David Cronenberg's Scanners.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, Alan Arkin will reunite with Little Miss Sunshine costar Steve Carell when he plays "Chief" in the big-screen Get Smart.... M:I:III's Michelle "Don't I look like Kate Holmes?" Monaghan will star opposite Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, a romantic comedy about longtime friends who come to want something more just as Monaghan's character is about to wed.... Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel will star in Tropic Thunder, a Ben Stiller-directed comedy about the making of an epic war film. Downey plays "the greatest actor of his generation," while Baruchel is a newbie. read more

It's Official: J.J. Abrams to Direct New Star Trek

Though news of the project first broke back in April 2006, J.J. Abrams only this past Friday officially signed on to take the com as director of a new Star Trek feature film, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. The man who gave us M:i:III (oh, and Lost), Abrams has been developing Star Trek XI — which reportedly concerns Kirk and Spock's early years at Starfleet Academy, and which I have to believe is very tentatively titled — for months, as a producer and writer. read more

February 22, 2007: Cocktails

Office fans, unite. It's Kate Flannery with the latest on-set dirt and such. First of all, many thanks to all the fans of Dwight, Meredith and the bat from last week's episode, "Business School." I got so many bat calls and bat e-mails that I have to answer a few Frequently Asked Bat Questions:• Yes, it was a real bat in the room. • No, it wasn't a real bat in the bag with my head. There were bat wranglers and puppeteers, and our director, Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, keeping us all in the right place. I loved working with Joss. He was really fun and very comfortable around bats! Rainn [Wilson] named the bat "Gary," since the bat came in nameless.Rainn and I had a lot of fun doing this scene with a bag over my head. There was a lot of screaming, which doesn't really bother me. I screamed a lot on stage in The Valley of the Dolls in NYC, and really learned how to scream often and not mess up my voice. I was a little sore the next day. Not bad. Rainn and I h... read more

At the Movies: J.J. Abrams to Climb Dark Tower?

Many Dark Tower fans have deemed it a Mission: Impossible, so.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, Lost boss J.J. Abrams and Stephen King are in talks to bring the Dark Tower novels to the screen. Thus far, it is unclear whether the project would definitely be theatrical, given the sprawling breadth of the seven-book saga, or a TV mini.... The Departed's Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg will reunite in The Fighter, a boxing film based on the life of "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and his brother/trainer (Damon).... Per Variety, Mark Ruffalo is Adrien Brody's big bro and fellow con in The Brothers Bloom. read more

December 18, 2006: Jumbo Jets, Funnel Cakes and Karma

Well, the players may have changed, but the Brian group is still commencing for group dinners, watching sports and small talk in the kitchen. Sure, Heather may be no Marjorie, and Ivy puts a twist in the normal girl gab, but I like the changes and how this group is constantly mutating and conforming to the present situation. And presently, we've got an uncomfortable mother-to-be with "full-on Sydney Bristow kicks" — I wonder if co-producer J.J. Abrams (creator of Alias) snuck that in there — and lots of other uncomfortable non-pregnant problems, like the latest sad Dave-and-Deena moment when they verbally recognized the fact that they both aren't wearing their rings anymore. But I'm not going to dwell on the separated couple this week. I finally feel bad for Brian. Up until now, I've been telling myself that he puts himself in tough situations and hangs out there just to torture himself. But now, I think he's just finding unfortunate holes that suck him in like quicksand... read more

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