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

THIS AIN'T CAPESIDE

... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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. 



CASTING NEWS


... 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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Mar 11, 2014
Felicity Huffman's face looks different in that photo. What happened?

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Mar 11, 2014
Oliver surprised me when he hosted the Daily Show. He's very good at news parody; should be a great show.
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Mar 09, 2014
Nooooooo No more Joey :)
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Mar 09, 2014
i like the True Blood news on Ginger. Go Ginger! :)
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Mar 09, 2014
Nothing for me here.
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Mar 09, 2014
That's a whole lot of comedies... to be axed halfway through season one.
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Mar 08, 2014
No wonder Denis Leary is not on Sirens, he is doing Sex&Drugs&Rock&Rollbut I think its a bad idea for a series. A TV movie but a series ? He might had been better on Sirens.
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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.





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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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Mar 08, 2014
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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.
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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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Mar 08, 2014
I think I threw up a little in my mouth reading both the ridiculous title and synopsis of iZombie.
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Mar 08, 2014
Wait, Red Band Society is a Spanish series!! (and a very successful one, btw) I guess the world has officially run out of ideas.
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Mar 08, 2014
where do I know rufus sewell from? I know his name but not from the pillars of the earth.

either amazon has taste opposite my own (likely based on the pilots they ordered to series) or netflix has taste similar to my own (doubtful as I've yet to care for one of their original series.) all three of amazon's exclusives you've mentioned reek of overrated to me and don't make my decision to subscribe to netflix exclusively any more difficult. justified being exclusive to amazon does irk me but there's other ways to get the show and the bastards behind the show have plans to end it anyway.

happy for timothy hutton that he has work, doesn't sound like a show that is of any interest to me though, more like something fro all of you primetime soap viewers out there.

oncology be cancer, no? yeah I hate the stuff and would like to avoid shows dealing with the subject matter as much I would like to avoid the real thing.

I like denis leary but he himself is not much of a draw for me. fx is far from a sure bet in my opinion as well. john corbett however is a wise decision if interested in my viewership. I wonder if this means he'll be done narrating walgreens commercials for a while.

the rob, rob and rebecca comedy - multi cam?

Bojana Novakovic is quite the looker. I might give a show she's on a shot if it doesn't look like law and order or ironside or something.

I really hope Ellen More or Less is laugh-track-less. seeing gomez in that episode of castle was excellent and really he and casey were carrying the majority of my viewership when it came to chuck, they and big mike and asian chick and lester and whats his face -- damnit, help me out here.


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Mar 08, 2014
You could know Rufus Sewell from many, many things, including CBS' remake of Eleventh Hour several years back or as the titular Italian detective from BBC's short-lived Zen. To me, he'll always be John Murdoch from the great film Dark City.
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Mar 08, 2014
yeah I caved and looked him up and came to the conclusion it was likely for The Tourist, The Illusionist, Tristan + Isolde and The Legend of Zorro, perhaps more.
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Mar 08, 2014
I hate these 'exclusive' streaming deals. Yeah I know it's a business but why does only one streaming company get all rights to certain shows? Why should it have to be sporadic and inconvenient for the consumer. They either have to then subscribe to all of the streaming services or miss out on some.
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Mar 08, 2014
I agree with you. x10. Why would a show like Orphan Black, that has not even aired its second season, limit itself to an exclusive deal anyway? I would want as many people to have the opportunity to watch it as possible since It could potentially increase your live viewing audience.
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Mar 08, 2014
one more thing I use to justify piracy.
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Mar 08, 2014
Maybe I'm just pessimistic, but all the comedy pilots that have been announced for the last several months almost all sound terrible. Has network TV lost touch with whats funny altogether? (This may or may not be a rhetorical question if you are even more pessimistic than me.)
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Mar 08, 2014
I think there's a growing divide when it comes to comedies likely due to their being two main options; shows with a laugh track and shows without. I for one have given up on laugh track shows altogether as I find it distracting to hear laughter after something I don't find funny, and on a regular basis no less. networks themselves are divided too I think as I would imagine each one still offers comedies of both flavors.
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Mar 08, 2014
I semi-proof-read this numerous times and still didn't catch and correct that "their"
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Mar 08, 2014
...that their...what? :P
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Mar 08, 2014
The Rake actress is a character they could could easily write out, I hope Rake gets renewed, its actually pretty good
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Mar 09, 2014
One of the only times that Australia has made a better version of a show then America, Go Australia
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Mar 08, 2014
I liked Rake too !
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Mar 08, 2014
I like the show well enough but after they skipped an episode (eff them so hard!!!) and to a lesser extent moved the show, I am not optimistic.
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Mar 08, 2014
That's the second time I've seen you refer to a skipped episode of Rake, yet I've watched it every week since its debut. The air dates in the episode list at Wikipedia shows no gaps in its broadcast schedule, which jibes perfectly with my own memory. Was it the previous week's episode (with guest star Michelle Forbes) that you think didn't air? I assure you it did.
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Mar 08, 2014
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Mar 08, 2014
the one just prior. the episode that apparently revealed that the son was having an affair with his teacher to his mom and revealed to mr. protagonist that his favorite hooker had a relationship with his enemy tax attorney. also apparently there was a child who stole a smoking pipe from the office 'he' (blanking on names) was currently occupying. all of these scenes were shown in "previously on" yet were from an episode that apparently had to do with a threesome involving beastiality (hopefully the only reason it was skipped.)

there's a thread on it over in the imdb forums that I came across when dumbfounded by apparently missing the episode being recapped in the 'previously on's last week.
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Mar 08, 2014
Ah, okay, I see what you mean now. I think when "Jury Tamperer" aired, I tuned in a few seconds late and therefore missed the opening recap. I should check the file copy I think I still have.

Thinking back on it, I do now realize that the son's affair with the teacher did seem to come out of left field (plus the far more minor pipe thing) but I didn't chalk it up to an omitted episode, just my own bad brain.

Fox has really become notorious for tinkering with episode orders in harmful ways. Nothing will ever top their moving the two-hour pilot of Firefly, in which all the characters were introduced, to the end of its run. And "The Train Job" was certainly not the best episode with which to start instead, but that's a separate rant.
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Mar 08, 2014
iZombie sounds like a pretty dark premise for the CW. But it DOES seem like they're trying to push the envelope a bit. Especially with Reign.
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Mar 08, 2014
Hopefully it'll tap much of the fan base from Being Human and maintain a somewhat similar feel to it.
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Mar 08, 2014
A zombie who WORKS at a coroner's office in order to eat brains sounds very dark yes
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Mar 08, 2014
That Katie Holmes show sounds like another trashy drama aimed at the female viewership.
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Mar 08, 2014
Joey ended up with Pacey?! Thanks for the spoiler alert! Well, at least Jen will live happily ever after with Dawson.
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Mar 09, 2014
Lol. Poor Dawson!


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Mar 08, 2014
you should check that last part
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Mar 09, 2014
Hahahaha.
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Mar 08, 2014
HAHAHAHAHA @ Ginger bumping up to Series Regular for True Blood' s final season!!! Good for her.
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Mar 08, 2014
She's such a scream, she is. lol
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Mar 08, 2014
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Mar 08, 2014
I'm not sure whats more surprising, the fact she's still alive after all this time, or that they've managed enough material for her to be a regular?
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Mar 08, 2014
I wanna see Ginger scream while she is doing some hella twerkin'. So they have plenty of places they can go with that character. As long as there's screaming involved! lol
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Mar 08, 2014
Oh...and for those who can't remember what all this is about and wants their memories come screaming back to them:

lol!
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