Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore sells a Western

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Business in the Front
... Battlestar Galactica (the new one) creator Ronald D. Moore has sold a Western to ABC as cowboys are a hot trend among networks. Hangtown adds procedural elements to the genre and follows a tough Marshal, a science-first doctor, and a female crime author in a developing town in the Wild West. Moore's had several projects go far in the development phase, but nothing has stuck since Caprica went off the air. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has bought two comedies, one a typical tale about a recently-divorced dad and the other about a newspaper journalist who is laid off and takes a job at the mall. ABC is moving forward on a project from Detroit 1-8-7 creator Jason Richman about a family of witches that's locked in a battle between good and evil, but must also deal with their recent move to the suburbs. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime is sick and tired of listening to all of you talk about HBO likes it's so great. The premium cable network is going for it with an adaptation of Stephen King's novel Under the Dome backed by DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg. The plot follows a small town in Maine that becomes cut off from the rest of the world when a force field encloses it. It's like Bio-Dome: The Reckoning. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) has a new project at Fox. He's adapting the works of Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson and his detective character Evert Backstrom. Described as Dr. House if he were a detective, Backstrom is constantly grumpy unless he has a bloody murder to solve. [Deadline Hollywood]

Lots of Casting News!
... Courtney Thorne-Smith, the babe from the volleyball movie Sideout (okay you probably know her from According to Jim or Melrose Place), is reprising her role in CBS' Two and a Half Men. She'll be back as an old flame of Jon Cryer's character. [EW]

... Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) has joined the cast of A&E;'s Bag of Bones, based on the Stephen King book about a writer who stays in a haunted house. [EW]

... History's miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys is getting heavy with stars of yesteryear. Joining the already announced Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton are Tom Berenger and Powers Boothe, making this one of the best 1990s movies ever! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember Urkel? He's coming to House this season as a prisoner. [TV Line]

... Jordana Spiro (My Boys) is joining Dexter! [TV Line]

... Mekhi Phifer (Torchwood: Miracle Day) and Cheech Marin (lots of pot) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Psych. Phifer will play an old college buddy and fellow a cappella group member Gus, and Marin will play Phifer's mentor. [TV Guide]

Not as Important, But Worth Noting
... Spike has decided to stop developing scripted programming, because when it did, it came up with Blue Mountain State. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Not so fast, NBC Sports! Dick Ebersol is rejoining the outfit he helped put on the map and take off the map as a senior adviser. He'll help plan coverage of Sunday night football and the Olympics. [NY Times]


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