For ER Alum Maria Bello and HBO, Crime (Hopefully) Pays

Maria Bello

Watch your backs, Nancy Botwin and Walter White. There's another parent-turned-felon coming to town.

HBO has signed ER alum turned indie queen Maria Bello to develop and star in a new series from scribe Gary Lennon (The Shield, The Unusuals).

The as-yet-untitled drama will star Bello as a mother of three teenage boys who turns to a life of crime ... read more

Werewolf? There, Wolf! — in New Fox Pilot

Michael Dougherty is Fox's wolf man.

What if Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte didn't frequent their estheticians quite as often? You might end up with Bitches, the dramedy project now in development at Fox.

Bitches, says the Reporter, revolves around four female friends in New York City whose bad time of the month ... read more

Bruckheimer, Bay Saddle Up for HBO's Cocaine Cowboys

Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer

The Hollywood pyrotechnics industry just got the best Christmas gift ever.

Big-screen heavyweights Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are teaming with HBO to executive produce drama pilot Cocaine Cowboys, to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, inspired by Billy Corben's 2006 documentary, chronicles the early days of cocaine trafficking in Miami ... read more

From Girl to Guru: Lauren Graham Lands ABC Comedy

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham could soon be showing us the funny again.

ABC has made a production commitment to a new comedy starring the former Gilmore gal as a self-help guru who advises women on how to live a stress-free life, only to have her calm center unsettled when ... read more

Lost's Penny Turns Up on ABC's New Sci-Fi Series

Sonya Walger

Sonya Walger, better known as Desmond's soul mate Penny on the hit series Lost, has nabbed the female lead role in ABC's new drama pilot Flash Forward, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel Flash, the project chronicles the turmoil that occurs after everyone on the planet passes out for two minutes and 17 seconds and has visions of the future. The central character, Mark Banford (Joseph Fiennes), is a newly sober FBI agent struggling to patch up his life and marriage.

Walger joins the cast as ... read more

Exclusive: Diahann Carroll Collars Role on USA Pilot

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll has been added to the cast of White Collar, the USA Network pilot starring Tim DeKay and Matthew Bomer, TVGuide.com has learned. DeKay  (Carnivale) plays an FBI agent, and Bomer (Traveler) is a top-shelf con man recruited by the feds to help bust similarly crafty criminals. 

Carroll will play June, a classy ... read more

Vance, Davenport Flash Forward in New ABC Thriller

Jack Davenport, Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent ) and Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Swingtown) have joined the cast of Flash Forward, an ABC pilot based on  Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel and fancied as a possible "companion show" to Lost.

Exec-produced by David S. Goyer (Blade) and Brannon Braga (Threshold), Flash Forward depicts the events that follow when everyone in the world ... read more

Sci Fi Greenlights Battlestar Prequel Caprica to Series

Esai Morales and Eric Stoltz, Caprica

Twitchy Battlestar Galactica fans can rest a little easier.

The Sci Fi channel has given the green light to Caprica, the buzzed-about prequel to Battlestar, according to Variety. The cable channel has already produced a two-hour TV movie/backdoor pilot, which was set to debut in December, but will now launch the series in early 2010.

The series, starring Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker, is set 50 years before the Cylon attack ... read more

Frank Spotnitz, Gabrielle Union Developing NBC Procedural

Gabrielle Union and Frank Spotnitz

Gabrielle Union and X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz are reteaming to develop a new series for NBC.

The duo, which worked together on ABC's short-lived Night Stalker during the 2005-2006 TV season, is developing a procedural for the Peacock, according to Variety. Spontitz will write the show and Union, best known for her role in Bring It On, will star as a detective who must ... read more

Barry Sonnenfeld Developing Man-ly Comedy for CBS

Barry Sonnenfeld

Executive producer/director Barry Sonnenfeld has some Man-ly pursuits in mind for CBS, or more like Man-ly rules.

The Emmy winner, in conjunction with Tannenbaum Co. and Sony Pictures TV, is developing a comedy series for the Eye called Things a Man Should Never Do Past 30, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Shot single-camera style, the show will ...
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