Today's News: Our Take


COLD CASTING

Actor Danny Pino, best known for his portrayal of Desi Arnaz in CBS's recent Lucy telepic, has joined the cast of CBS's upcoming homicide drama Cold Case. Pino will play the partner of series star Kathryn Morris. He'll debut in the show's sixth episode. read more

THE EYES HAVE IT

Former Fastlane scribe John McNamara has inked a deal with ABC to produce a drama pilot that revolves around a 21st century detective agency. Titled Eyes, the potential series is being described by Variety as a corporate thriller about a risk management firm that operates along the fringes of the law in order to affect the outcome of a host of civil and criminal matters. I'm lost already. read more

TRIAL AND ERRORS

William H. Macy and Tom Selleck have signed on to headline a four-hour CBS miniseries based on Scott Turow's best-selling legal thriller Reversible Errors. Production is slated to begin in October in Canada. read more

NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY...

The Parents Television Council — a TV watchdog group which frowns on sex and violence — is lambasting CSI for its racy plotlines about cannibalism, sex clubs and snuff films. PTC's new list of TV's 10 worst shows also includes CBS's Big Brother 3 and NBC's Friends and Will &#038 Grace. So what shows do they like? CBS's recently axed Touched by an Angel tops that list. read more

GET OUT!

Here's some "TV News" scoop from next week's issue of TV Guide magazine: It's not the Seinfeld reunion we were hoping for, but it'll do. Jerry Seinfeld is set to guest-star on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the HBO series starring Seinfeld cocreator Larry David. Jerry will play himself in the fourth-season finale (to air in 2004), which features Larry making his Broadway debut. "[Seinfeld] stopped by the set to visit," says an HBO spokeswoman, "and they decided to put him in the audience." Wise move indeed. read more

NEW PATIENT

Bob Newhart's career is about to take a serious turn. The comedy legend has nabbed a recurring role on ER, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He'll play an architect suffering from macular degeneration who develops an attachment to Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield). His three-episode arc begins Oct. 30. read more

Jake Robo-Nerd Suffers for His Part


Tackling the lead in UPN's Jake 2.0 (airing Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET beginning Sept. 10) would make most actors wish they possessed the title character's technologically enhanced super-brains and brawn. But former Popular pushover Christopher Gorham needs only his own adrenaline to keep up with the physically demanding role of a government drone who, through a freak accident, is transformed into a top-secret agent.

"I really thrive in this environment," the wannabe action hero says happily. "I don't feel like there's a lot of pressure on me [to carry the series], because I have this great team behind me that's creating this show, [so] I just kind of have to show up and do my job."

Gorham sure makes it sound easy. But in fact, despite his status as an almost-famous Hollywood climber, he was hesitant to accept the steady gig. The hold-up? The makers of Jake initially wanted to shoot in Toronto, where their chosen one had jus read more

SAD DAY FOR RICKI

Talk show vet Ricki Lake and hubby Rob Sussman have filed for legal separation. Married for nine years, the couple has two kids aged 2 and 6. Just this year, the family moved from New York to L.A., where they purchased Courteney Cox and David Arquette's old pad for about $6.5 million. read more

Veronica's Closet Stud Back on TV


In the upcoming UPN sitcom Rock Me Baby (airing Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET beginning Sept. 16), MTV mainstay Dan Cortese plays, in essence, the king of all media. But sshh! Don't tell him that he's been crowned the new Fartman. "I'm not modeling my [shock-jock character] on anybody," he insists. "I mean, I'm up at 5:30 in the morning with my [2-year-old] son, but we're not listening to Howard Stern!

"I've listened to Kevin and Bean quite a bit here on KROQ in Los Angeles," he continues, "so obviously I've heard these types of [radio personalities], but I don't really want to pattern myself after anyone. I want to make this guy my own."

Whatever. If the Veronica's Closet alum believes it, who are we to tell him that he's kidding himself? Besides, aside from that little case of life-swapping, the part of a young-at-heart dad seems tailor-made for the handsome lug, who clearly prefers hip-hop to An Evening at the Pops read more

PONY IT UP, SUNDANCE

The two ex-honchos of Robert Redford's production company, Crystal Film Works, are suing the 66-year-old actor. Former employees Jeff Kleeman and Eric Greenfeld say Redford is very late in making installment payments on an agreed-upon $750,000 legal settlement. Their lawsuit asks a judge to make Redford honor his debt, plus pay them interest, legal fees and unspecified relief. read more

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