News Briefs: Katie Holmes Might Be Returning to TV in a New ABC Pilot

By Kaitlin Thomas

Mar 08, 2014


... Katie Holmes has signed on to star in an as-yet-untitled ABC drama pilot about New York's high society, from Behind the Candelabra writer Richard LaGravenese. Holmes will play Ann, a well-educated woman who runs a philanthropic foundation with her husband. Rufus Sewell (The Pillars of the Earth) stars as Phillip, who along with his wife Margot, makes a bet to destroy Ann's perfect marriage. Kinda rude, but okay. Should ABC order the project to series, it will mark Holmes' first regular TV role since Joey ended up with Pacey in the 2003 finale of Dawson's Creek. [EW]


... Depending on your personal preferences, it's time to either make plans or clear your schedules for July 31, because that's the day when Sharknado 2: The Second One hits your television sets (and your Twitter feed). In case you still haven't made up your mind, maybe this little tidbit will help to sway your decision in one direction: Perez Hilton will make a cameo. [THR]

... Amazon is getting serious about taking on Netflix. The company has now secured the exclusive online streaming rights to BBC America's Orphan Black, joining the likes of several other critically acclaimed dramas like Hannibal and The Americans. [Amazon via press release]

... Here's your first trailer for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which premieres Sunday, April 27. 


... Desperate Housewives and Sports Night star Felicity Huffman has joined the cast of ABC's American Crime pilot. The drama from 12 Years a Slave's John Ridley follows the trial and aftermath of a racially charged murder of a veteran. Huffman will play Barb Skokie, the ex-wife of Timothy Hutton's Russ and the mother of the victim. [Deadline]

... Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) has been cast in Fox's Red Band Society pilot, which focuses on a group of teenagers who bond during their medical treatment in the children's wing of a hospital. Annable will play Dr. William McAndrew, which sounds about as snooty-faluty as you can get, but is described as being "a rock star pediatric oncologist and surgeon who is compassionate and dedicated to his job." [EW]

... John Corbett (Parenthood) is returning to FX to star opposite Denis Leary in Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The comedy follows musician Johnny Rock (Leary), who missed his chance at stardom in the '90s because he was partying too hard and is now trying to get the band back together after 25 years. Corbett plays his ex-BFF and bandmate Flash, who's found moderate success as a session player and occasional guitarist for Lady Gaga. [Deadline]

... Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty) will star opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle in NBC's comedy pilot The Pro. She'll play Margot, a wealthy board member at the prestigious country club where Lowe and Riggle's characters—former doubles champions in tennis who had a public feud and falling-out—now work as tennis instructors. Margot is a widow who's taking tennis lessons from Lowe's Ben Bertram. [THR]

... Former One Tree Hill star Robert Buckley has landed a "major" role in The CW's iZombie pilot from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. The drama is based on the comic book series of the same name and centers on Liv, a med-student-turned-zombie who works in the coroner's office in order to get the brains she needs to consume to retain her humanity. Buckley, who recently appeared as a guest star on the network's dramedy Hart of Dixie, will play Major, an environmental engineer and Liv's former fiancé. [E! Online]

... Spencer Grammer (Greek) has signed on to star opposite Michael Imperioli in Fox's comedy pilot Saint Francis. She'll play Heather, the free-spirited sister of Imperioli's cop who gets pregnant out of wedlock. [TV Line]

... Now that Fox has bumped Rake to Fridays ahead of its probably cancellation, Bojana Novakovic has joined the cast of ABC's new drama pilot Agatha. She'll play the titular character, a former convict-turned-criminologist who helps consult on cases for the local police. [Deadline]

... Chuck's Joshua Gomez has joined Jason Katims and J.J. Philbin's new comedy pilot at NBC. Ellen More or Less follows Stacey McGunnigle's Ellen, a woman who reinvents her life after significant weight loss. Gomez will play Craig, Ellen's neurotic co-worker. Newcomer Tate Ellington has also joined the comedy as Brian, Ellen's oldest friend who may or may not harbor feelings for her. [THR]

... True Blood has upped Tara Buck to a series regular for the show's seventh and final season after playing Ginger, the barmaid at Fangtasia, since the second half of Season 1. [Deadline]

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  • mrjimmyjames Mar 11, 2014

    Felicity Huffman's face looks different in that photo. What happened?

  • mrjimmyjames Mar 11, 2014

    Oliver surprised me when he hosted the Daily Show. He's very good at news parody; should be a great show.

  • totomomo182 Mar 09, 2014

    Nooooooo No more Joey :)

  • randomjean Mar 09, 2014

    i like the True Blood news on Ginger. Go Ginger! :)

  • Kerkesh Mar 09, 2014

    Nothing for me here.

  • J_Pip Mar 09, 2014

    That's a whole lot of comedies... to be axed halfway through season one.

  • MarlboroMagpi Mar 08, 2014

    No wonder Denis Leary is not on Sirens, he is doing Sex&Drugs;&Rock;&Roll;but I think its a bad idea for a series. A TV movie but a series ? He might had been better on Sirens.

  • current Mar 08, 2014

    Rufus Sewell is a fine and often underemployed actor (great in the sadly cut short Zen), so I may endure the Holmster hamster.
    Felicity Huffman does my head in Jnr., remind me to slap yer mom when we get in. And I can't imagine the show being that great a sticks with Hutton. I wonder how many more things from the writer will emerge - assuming he did more than racially motived this or that.
    Red Band Society sounds like I may need to ask Jnr. to remind me to hit his mom ,this time, for having a kid.
    Someone needs to tell Leary his live song and band show needed to die young, like this new venture. Like real new.
    Has anyone noticed how Rebecca Romijn's speech accentuates the 's' to an almost lispy degree when acting but is normalised in talk shows? Perhaps I'll send her copy of The King's Speech to look at the pictures.
    Rob Thomas shame on you, you settled with the name Liv as the iZombie lead? Even Leary would've stole and renamed her.
    Bojana Novakovic as a titular character again - who can forget her titular role in Satisfaction?
    Ellen More or Less sounds like I may be induced to eat more or less if forced to watch it.
    I look forward to more of Tara Buck's ear piercing screams.

  • DrXabregas Mar 08, 2014

    i actually liked very much ZEN, specially the first episode. They should have done more. As the tv show along katie holmes could be boring from what they brief us about the main plot, but we will have to see...

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  • TrevPlatt Mar 08, 2014

    AAARRRHHH! Dawson's Creek spoilers! (J/K)

    "Brian, Ellen's oldest friend who may or may not harbor feelings for her." So he loves her then. I like Gomez, but this sounds like more generic crap from "NBC: The Home of Generic Crap!"

    I like Spencer Grammer. (There's not enough blurb to form even a cursory opinion about the show, so I'll leave it at that.)

    I'm looking forward to The Pro, Lowe has been great on Parks and Recreation and Rebecca Romijn makes almost anything watchable.

  • Svanehjerte Mar 08, 2014

    Behind the Candelabra sounds like it could be fun drama.

    I like John Corbett, but this show's premise doesn't sound fun to me.

    The Pro sounds like it could be fun, like Back in the Game, but what is it with NBC and all these sitcoms?

    iZombie sounds ridiculous, but could be fun.

    Saint Francis, Ellen More or Less & Agatha sound awful. Agatha is like nothing new at all.

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