Spike TV Goes Pirate Hunting with New Series

Richard Phillips

Talk about perfect timing: A day after the rescue of a U.S. sea captain from Somali pirates, Spike TV has ordered a docu-series detailing the Navy's anti-pirate operations.

Pirate Hunters: USN will focus on the anti-piracy forces in the ...
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NCIS Spin-off: Official Details, a "Tiva" Teaser and More

Chris O'Donnell and Mark Harmon

CBS has issued its official press release and first photos for the two-part NCIS episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

Titled "Legend," the episode kicks off April 28 and concludes May 5. In one of the photos, Mark Harmon's Gibbs is seen walking-and-talking with O'Donnell's Special Agent G. Callen.

The setup: When the discovery of a Marine's corpse becomes a matter of national security, Gibbs' team must ... read more

The Doctor Is In! Thomas Calabro Signs On for New Melrose

Thomas Calabro

It appears that Sydney's checkered romantic past with former brother-in-law Michael Mancini might not necessarily be in the past.

On the heels of Laura Leighton becoming the first original Melrose Place resident to join the CW's reboot, sources tell TVGuide.com that Thomas Calabro also has signed on for the pilot.

Calabro will reprise his role of Dr. Michael Mancini. As for how exactly the morally gray Michael will ... read more

Leighton 'Lords over New Melrose Pilot! Plus: Meet Jake's Son

Laura Leighton, Shaun Sipos

Heather Locklear may have passed on the chance to be a part of the CW's Melrose Place reboot, but Laura Leighton — who played sassy schemer Sydney Andrews on the original Fox prime-time sudser — has said yes.

Leighton will reprise her role in the pilot and then continue on as a recurring player, "if" the new Melrose gets ordered to series, says the Hollywood Reporter. Sources tell the trade that Sydney will serve as the landlord of the titular apartment complex/den of iniquity.

For those not familiar with Leighton's character, I — as someone who used to "blog" recaps for Melrose in another age of man, before this Internet thing met its promise — can sum up Sydney as ... read more

CBS Pilot News: Steenburgen Finds Happiness, and More

Mary Steenburgen, James D'Arcy

Mary Steenburgen has been tapped to play wife to Richard Dreyfuss — and thus mom to Jason Biggs — in the CBS comedy pilot Happiness Isn't Everything. Steenburgen's character is described by the Hollywood Reporter as "unbelievably sensitive," whereas Dreyfuss' is ... not.

In other CBS pilot news, British actor James D'Arcy has ... read more

Pilot News: FNL Cutie Tackles New Role, and More

Scott Porter, Nora Zehetner

Fresh off his recently wrapped run on NBC/DirecTV's just-renewed Friday Night Lights, Scott Porter has joined the cast of Masterwork, a Fox drama pilot about an FBI agent (Aussie actor Matt Passmore) who tracks down stolen antiquities. (Think Indiana Jones with a badge.)

Porter will play ... read more

Pilot News: Which Vampire Brother Gets Your Blood Pumping?

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

Casting of the three leads is now complete on the CW pilot Vampire Diaries, and not a moment too soon. I was just about out of puns.

Paul Wesley, who played an angel on ABC Family's Fallen, this time has a bit of the devil inside him, having been cast as Stefan, one of two vampire brothers fighting over the central heroine, Elena.

Wesley's character, says the Hollywood Reporter, is a "gloriously, amazingly, especially beautiful young man." He is also ... read more

Pilot News: Sutherland's in the Money Again, and More

Donald Sutherland, Josh Charles

Donald Sutherland has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot The Eastmans, playing — wait for it — the wealthy and wily patriarch of a large family. Of doctors. Ergo, Sutherland's character is a distinguished cardiologist, whereas Dirty Sexy Money's Tripp Darling gave people heart attacks.

He'a also the husband of Jacqueline Bisset, who became an Eastman earlier this week.

In other CBS pilot news, Josh Charles (Sports Night) will play ... read more

Pilot News: "Boone" Is a Vampire, Trachtenberg Has Mercy Date

Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Trachtenberg

Well, at least this time he won't be the first to die. Ian Somerhalder, who as an original cast member of Lost played ill-fated Boone, has joined the cast of Vampire Diaries, the CW pilot based on a series of young adult novels.

Somerhalder will play one of two vampire brothers ... read more

Pilot News: Caan Plays Cop, Woodard Mentors Maggie

Alfre Woodard, Scott Caan

Scott Caan of Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen has landed the lead in Cop House, Fox's dramedy pilot about a halfway house for lawmen. Caan will play an expert marksman who suffers a nervous breakdown when his wife leaves him for his (guffaw) sister, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Also entering this House is ... read more

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