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ABC Orders Pan Am, Edgar Allan Poe Pilots

Pan Am

ABC greenlit four pilots Tuesday, including one following Pan Am pilots in the '60s and another re-imagining writer Edgar Allen Poe as a detective.

Pan Am is described as a prime time soap chronicling the adventures of stewardesses and pilots during the Jet Age of the late '50s and early '60s. Jack Orman (ER) wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Nancy Hult Ganis and Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing). Schlamme will direct the pilot.

NBC developing drama set in Playboy clubs

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Side Order of Life's Caller ID'd

The real "Cell Phone Man" will be revealed on the first-season finale ofLifetime’s Side Order of Life."They said they were looking for a voice that could convey humanity, warmth and a sexy vulnerability — Gilbert Gottfried was unavailable so it fell to me," actor Steven Weber jokingly tells TV Guide.In the cable net’s Ally McBeal-esque hour-long dramedy, Marisa Coughlan plays Jenny, an ambitious magazine writer/photographer who’s examining life’s purpose with great intensity and a little bit of mysticism.Since the series’ start, she’s had ongoing philosophical conversations with an as-yet unseen guy on a cell phone. The series closer has Jenny even questioning her own sanity as she consults with a therapist (guest star Carrie Fisher).Weber describes Side Order as "unabashedly romantic. There are noexplosions and the characters have a vulnerability that is uncommon intelevision."The season finale of Side Order of Life, "Funeral for a Phone," premier... read more

Boston Legal Alum Hopes for a Picture-perfect Life

Marisa Coughlan, Side Order of Life

Can lightning strike twice for Lifetime, which just launched the highly successful — and already renewed for a second season — Army Wives? Fronting the cabler's latest effort, Side Order of Life (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET), is Marisa Coughlan, familiar to Boston Legal fans for her run as Alan Shore's brainy and beautiful assistant, as well as a cast member in such films as Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Gossip. In Lifetime's new series, Coughlan plays Jenny, a magazine photographer who, with her nuptials pending, is led to question i read more

In the Works: Showtime Peddles More Drugs

• Tim Robbins will write, exec-produce and direct Possible Side Effects for Showtime, a drama pilot about a dysfunctional family tied to the big-bucks pharmaceutical industry, says Variety.• Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that Star Jones, who just recently booked an SVU gig (detailed below), has inked a deal to host her own Court TV show later this year. UPDATE: Court TV announced Wednesday that Star will front a show about criminal justice issues that intersect with the pop culture world. • Filmmaker Curtis Hanson (8 Mile, L.A. Confidential) has inked a multiyear deal to create, develop and produce programming for CBS Paramount Network Television.• Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes of Side Order of Life, starring Marisa Coughlan as a photographer who rethinks her life after a pal gets cancer, with Jason Priestley playing her fiancé. A July premiere is slated.• Fox News is in talks to pick up 24 creator Joel Surnow's 1/2 Hour News Hour, which ... read more

FALL-TV UPDATE!

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Bree Turner (Bring It On Again) and Tamala Jones have joined the CW comedy pilot Flirt, starring Wayne Brady as the lone male employee at a women's magazine.... Marisa Coughlan (Pumpkin) and Kaley Cuoco (Charmed) play sisters in an untitled ABC comedy.... Nadia Dajani (Emily's Reasons Why Not) joins Teri Polo and Jennifer Aspen as new moms in ABC's Welcome to the Jungle Gym. read more

YOU'RE HIRED

On the big screen, John Malkovich has been tapped to play a 23rd-century Trump in the upcoming sci-fi thriller The Mutant Chronicles, the Hollywood Reporter informs us.... On the small screen, American Dreams' cutie-pie Sarah Ramos (she was prickly sis Patty) has been added to the cast of Runaway, CW's proposed drama about a family of fugitives.... Charmed head-turner Kaley Cuoco has been adopted as Marisa Coughlan's sib in ABC's untitled sisters pilot.... The Mountain man Oliver Hudson will yuk it up in The Weekend, a potential CBS laffer.... Marion Ross — that's Mrs. C to you — is doing Community Service for NBC. read more

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