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With Cable and Digital Entering the Fray, Pilot Season Hits a Casting Crunch

John Goodman

Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.

The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).

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Church, Forlani Exit Matt LeBlanc's Showtime Series

Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church and Claire Forlani have dropped out of Showtime's new comedy, Episodes.

Thomas Haden Church joins LeBlanc in Episodes

Church's exit is due to a scheduling conflict, but no reason has been ...
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Thomas Haden Church Joins LeBlanc in Episodes

Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church has been cast alongside Matt LeBlanc in Showtime's new comedy Episodes, according to Variety.

Matt LeBlanc to star in Showtime and BBC's Episodes

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Thomas Haden Church Has Big Eyes

Thomas Haden Church by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage.com

Having previously had brushes with Spider-Man and some enchanting merlots Thomas Haden Church next will have a brush with paint on it playing 1950s60s artist Walter Keane in the biopic Big Eyes The title of course refers to Keanes bread-and-butter a series of work depicting truly frightening large-peepered children Kate Hudson also stars in the film Matt Mitovich read more

Thomas Haden Church, Broken Trail (Supporting Actor/Mini or Movie)

Asked why the Western continues to resonate in the assorted entertainment media, Church says, "It's uniquely American. The English have Shakespeare, the Japanese have the great Samurai melodramatic romances. It's actually a very narrow sliver of American history that has been deservedly canonized. It's a unique period like no other."The "guiding light" lady asks, "Where do you get your inner strength?" Church goes, "Uh… fiber?" Room fills with laughter. Get what you ask for. Reflecting on his career beginnings, Church says, "The very first thing I did that had any significance was a guest appearance on Cheers. David Angel happened to be on the set and thought I might be right for the character of Lowell on Wings. He gave me some sound advice early on — don’t quit the show." read more

Live Emmy Blog

8:22: "Weeds, a great show, an amazing after-party," Seacrest jokes. Whatever, I think, till he adds, "Isn't that right, Paula?" And the camera cuts to a relatively lucid-looking Abdul.8:24: Jaime Pressly wins Best Supporting Actress, Comedy. Oh, nice backless number. Oh, on second thought, better from the back, which doesn't exist. She says My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia wrote her a speech, which she has now forgotten. 8:25: She'd better not cry. Wearing that much makeup, it isn't gonna be pretty.8:25:30: Katherine Heigl's name is pronounced HIGH-juhl? No. She just corrected the announcer. That's a riot!8:27: Thomas Haden Church just won Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie, while I was trying to figure out how to IM Mitovich. Stupid technology.8:28: Church gives props to Robert Duvall and Walter Hill, and says his Emmy will probably be his daughter's favorite toy next to SpongeBob.8:28:30: Oops. Church has overstayed his welcome. But the music is too wishy-washy to usher him... read more

Jonny Quest, a New Death Race and More Movie News

Jason Statham courtesy 20th Century Fox

The Hanna-Barbera adventure series Jonny Quest is being revived by Warner Bros. Pictures as a potential movie franchise.... Also per the Reporter, Joan Allen, Jason Statham, Ian McShane and Tyrese Gibson are all on board for Death Race, a remake of the Roger Corman classic. Statham will play "Frankenstein," while Allen, McShane and Gibson are the prison warden, a coach and sociopath Machine Gun Joe, respectively.... Thomas Haden Church is in final talks to play Eddie Murphy's workplace rival in NowhereLand.... Per Variety, Nicole Kidman will produce and star in a remake of Al Final del Espectro, a Colombian horror film about an agoraphobic who begins to see a ghost in her apartment. read more

Emmy Nominations: TV-Movies and Miniseries Races

August Schellenberg in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Annabel Reyes/HBO

Nominations for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast Sept. 16 on Fox, were announced Thursday morning. Here are the major races in the miniseries or TV-movie field.Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV-movie:Queen Latifah (Life Support)Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect: The Final Act)Mary-Louise Parker (The Robber Bride)Debra Messing (The Starter Wife)Gena Rowlands (What If God Were the Sun)Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV-movie:Robert Duvall (Broken Trail)Tom Selleck (Jesse Stone: Sea Change)Jim Broadbent (Longford)William H. Macy (Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King)Matthew Perry (The Ron Clark Story)Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV-movie:Greta Scacchi (Broken Trail)Anna Paquin (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee)Samantha Morton (Longford)Judy Davis (The Starter Wife)Toni Collette (Tsunami: The Aftermath)Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV-movie:Thomas Haden Church (Broken Trail)August Schellenberg (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) Aidan Qui... read more

Also at the Movies, Spider-Man Foe Attracts Bullock

Spider-Man 3 baddie Thomas Haden Church is in talks to star as the object of Sandra Bullock's affection in the kooky romcom All About Steve.... Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and rapper Ludacris will topline RocknRolla, a new caper from Mr. Madonna, Guy Ritchie. read more

Globes-Trotting: Following the Buzz

The best thing you can say about the Golden Globes nominations is that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association isn't afraid about welcoming new kids to the party, especially if they've made a little noise along the way.On the plus side, that means shining some love on deserving candidates like America Ferrera and Ugly Betty, a show and a performance that would seem tailor-made to the Foreign Press's presumed concerns about diversity in entertainment. Likewise Masi Oka, who gives one of the most endearing supporting performances in all of television as Hiro of Heroes (which also got a nod as best drama series).Other freshman acts in the nominee pool include: Michael C. Hall (yay!) of Showtime's Dexter, Alec Baldwin (yay!) of NBC's 30 Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (yay!) from The Old Adventures of New Christine, Bill Paxton and Big Love from HBO (beating out The Sopranos and The Wire, among other more deserving HBO dramas; and besides, where are Paxton's wives in the grabbag supporting ca... read more

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