The line between the big screen and small screen continues to thin out, as more film actors are giving television a shot (hint: $$$!!!). Case in point: The latest scuttlebutt from Hollywood has Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus!!) as the number-one choice to lead CBS's ratings smash CSI.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is dangling buckets of cash in front of The Matrix star in hopes he'll fill the spot that will be vacated by William Petersen, who plans to leave the show after this season. Fishburne is in discussions to play "a doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit" that apparently has the same genetic makeup as a serial killer but hasn't acted on any murderous impulses...yet!
Sources also tell the trade that John Malkovich and Kurt Russell were also being looked at for the role.
Brit singer Joss Stone has landed her first major acting gig, joining the cast of Showtime's The Tudors for its third season. In the period drama, Stone is set to play Anne of Cleves, says the Reporter, wife number four for Henry VIII (Jonathon Rhys-Meyers). If the show stays true to history, Stone will keep her head, but get rejected by Henry based on her looks.
Also cast in the third season of The Tudors is Swedish actor and Oscar nominee Max Von Sydow, who will don the robes of Cardinal Von Waldburg and try to undermine Henry, says Variety.
Jay Mohr has found his therapist and foil in Ed Begley Jr., who has been cast in the Mohr-led Gary Unmarried (formerly Project Gary) for CBS. In the show, Mohr plays a recently divorced dad who sees his ex-wife run off with their therapist (Begley Jr.).
Next, for all you Supernatural fans, Ruby has found a new home. Katie Cassidy, who played the fickle-yet-friendly demon on the CW show, will now wear white as the bride-to-be in the horror-thriller Harper's Island on CBS, reports TVGuide.com.
The show follows a wedding on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest that is interrupted by...murder. Cassidy's character was allegedly cut from Supernatural for budgetary reasons.
And finally, Mark Wahlberg tells the Associated Press that he'll be making a cameo in the show he produces, HBO's hit Entourage. In the episode, he'll go toe-to-toe with smarmy agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven).