News Briefs: Terry O'Quinn Will Fight Gangsters for Fox

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... The great Terry O'Quinn has successfully found new digs after the demolishing of 666 Park Avenue. The Lost star is joining Fox's drama pilot Gang Related. He replaces the recently departed Tom Berenger as the San Francisco police chief whose department gets infiltrated by an undercover gang member. I was pretty high on Berenger in this role, but O'Quinn is more than just a consolation prize. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Christina Ricci is no longer NBC's Girlfriend in a Coma. The Pan Am actress was set to star in the comedy pilot, about a woman who wakes up after almost two decades in a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter, but left after the table read. Miranda Cosgrove was cast as the daughter, presumably partly because of her somewhat similar look to Ricci. Well now what is the show going to do? [Zap2It]

... Showtime's new series Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schrieber as the titular Hollywood "fixer" (a.k.a. a guy who gets rid of dead tranny hookers), is adding some star power. Venerable acting legend James Woods–yes, he of the famous high school–will join the series as Patrick Sullivan, a man with a history with the Donovan family. [Showtime via press release]

... Former Greek star Spencer Grammer (Kelsey's daughter) is going big-time, nabbing the female lead opposite Blair Underwood in the NBC drama pilot Ironside. The cop show is a remake of the 1967 series and stars Underwood as a witty, wheelchair-bound detective who doesn't need functioning legs to clean up the streets. Grammer will play a fellow detective who gets too close to the criminals she grew up with and now I just pictured Spencer Grammer growing up around criminals and I'm like, "Whaaaaa?" [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E's Bates Motel debuted well for the network last night, grabbing three million viewers. More importantly (sorry, very young and somewhat old people), the 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic represent the network's best tally in that demo. I'm pretty lukewarm on the series so far, and Noel's review of the premiere pretty much matches my thoughts. [A&E via press release]

... Hey, fair maidens of Westeros! Richard Madden, better known as Robb Stark from HBO's Game of Thrones, is headed North of The Wall! In this case, The Wall is Canada. Madden will star in Discovery's scripted series Klondike, about a bunch of gold diggers who head to Canada in the 1890s. Tim Blake Nelson (Chaos) will also star. [TV Line]

BUSINESS TIME

... People who got talents: NBC has announced that the eighth season of America's Got Talent will premiere on Tuesday, June 4 at 9pm with a two-hour episode. The reality show's Wednesday airings will begin July 10. This season, Heidi Klum and Spice Girl Mel B. join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel at the judges' table. [NBC via press release]


SAD NEWS

... A solemn farewell to producer/writer Henry Bromell, who passed away of a heart attack at the age of 65. Bromell's credits include Homicide: Life on the StreetRubicon (where he served as showrunner), and Homeland, where his writing credits include the outstanding episode "Q&A." [HitFix]


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