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As November sweeps end and the holiday lull sets in, the networks have begun modifying their line-ups for the second half of the season.
Nathan Fillion’s Castle will arrive on March 9 with his crime novelist character coming to the aid of Manhattan’s finest when a copycat uses his novels as inspiration. It’ll lead into the spring season of Dancing with the Stars meaning it will be heavily promoted and sampled.
Meantime, Life on Mars takes over the Wednesday at 10 spot as previously reported but when its season ends; it will be replaced with The Unusuals as of April 8. The crime series stars Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) as a cop in the homicide division.
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- Robert Greenberger
In 1998, ABC aired Cupid, a romantic-comedy starring Paula Marshall and Jeremy Piven. The series tells the tale of a man who believes that he's the mythological Cupid and the female psychologist who's assigned to his case. Cupid, created by Rob Thomas, wasn't a big success but became a cult favorite with a devout group of fans. It was cancelled after just 15 episodes and the network didn't even air the finale.
Last October, with the potential of a writers strike looming, ABC told Thomas that they were interested in revisiting the series. Thomas was shocked and said, "I'm getting a chance to do what writers never get the chance to do, which is to go back and try [to improve my work]." Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace) and Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) were ultimately hired to play the lead roles and a new pilot was filmed.
The network execs apparently liked what »
This morning Arrow in the Head you can check out brand new exclusive stills from Eric Red's latest directing effort, 100 Feet, which stars Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Ed Westwick and Michael Pare. A young woman, Marnie Watson, is granted early release from her prison sentence for manslaughter (killing her husband a violent NYC cop in self defense) on condition she wear an electronic ankle bracelet and remain within her home, effectively under house arrest, for the remainder of her sentence. Her late husbands partner keeps tabs on her from a patrol car parked across the street, hoping shell violate probation and he can send her back to prison. »
Sarah Paulson has been tapped as the female lead in ABC's one-hour pilot Cupid, Jeremy Renner will play the lead on ABC's one-hour pilot The Unusuals, while Sharon Lawrence has joined another ABC drama pilot, The Prince of Motor City.
The ABC Studios-produced Cupid is an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy for ABC. It centers on the manic Trevor Hale (Bobby Cannavale), who thinks he is the Roman god of love, Cupid.
Paulson will play Claire Allen, a psychiatrist specializing in affairs of the heart. Paula Marshall played the role in the original.
Unusuals, from Sony, is a dramedy set at a New York police precinct. Renner (28 Weeks Later) will play Det. Joe Walsh, who sets out to solve the murder of his ex-partner with the help of his partner (Amber Tamblyn).
Rick Gomez has been tapped to co-star in ABC's dramedy pilot Cupid, Gail O'Grady has been tapped for a lead role on the untitled Dave Hemingson drama pilot and Sarah Lafleur has been tapped to co-star in the untitled David Kohan/Max Mutchnick comedy pilot.
Gomez (What About Brian) will play Felix, the owner of a struggling Manhattan dive bar who rents a room to Trevor despite his odd personality.
Gomez, who will next be seen in Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, is repped by APA and the Collective.
The Dave Hemingson project, from 20th TV, is an ensemble centered on a law school grad (Matt Long) from a blue-collar background who joins a Los Angeles boutique law firm. O?Grady will play Susan Oppenheim, a competitive, cutthroat attorney at the firm who is married to the managing partner. »
Meanwhile, Bob Odenkirk, Rachel Blanchard and Phil Hendrie have joined CBS' comedy pilot Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal, while Ken Marino and Brook Bloom have booked the leads in Fox's comedy pilot Outnumbered.
In other pilot casting news, Alexandra Breckenridge and Adam Rothenberg have been added to the CBS drama Mythological Ex, and Rick Peters and Brooke D'Orsay have come aboard the CBS comedy Single White Millionaire.
The ABC Studios-produced Cupid is an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy for ABC. Cannavale will play the charming and manic Trevor Hale, who thinks he is the Roman god of love, Cupid, banished to Earth until he can match 100 couples. Jeremy Piven played the role on the original series. Cannavale, an Emmy winner for his recurring role as Vince D'Angelo on "Will & Grace," starred in the NBC drama pilot M.O.N.Y. last season.
Journal, from CBS Par, stars Birbiglia as himself, a stand-up comedian who lives with his girlfriend in Brooklyn and struggles in his efforts to be a grown-up. »
The comedy, which in February had its North American rights picked up by IFC Entertainment, was directed by Terry Kinney and also stars Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen. It's one of the seven features and seven short films that comprise what's designed to be one of the year's more intimate festivals, where young professional filmmakers take part in screening committees and consumers are encouraged to connect with the filmmakers.
"The slate represents a common theme: of overcoming adversity and finding inner peace in a complicated world through humor, action and exploration," said Jeff Abramson, film division vp at Gen Art. »
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Sundance Film Festival
PARK CITY -- In Diminished Capacity, actor-turned-first-time director Terry Kinney has a solid premise and two intriguing characters but only the lamest story to tell. Consequently, the film plays like diminished comedy.
The extremely talented Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda play a respective nephew and uncle, each struggling with memory loss, thereby creating a team Broderick calls, in one of the movie's few witty lines, Slow and slower. But yielding to the story demands of a novel by Sherwood Kiraly (who co-authored the script), these two are thrust into the world of baseball cards and sports memorabilia shows, an arcane and, as it works out, mirthless arena for these potentially compelling characters.
The project from Steppenwolf Films, a division of the famed Chicago theater company, did attract a stellar cast including Virginia Madsen, Bobby Cannavale and the great Lois Smith. But from the start, the film fails to get any comic traction. Boxoffice appeal is limited to those eager to see Broderick and Alda in unusual roles -- and possibly Chicago Cubs fans whose long-suffering fate is the butt of many jokes.
A head trauma has short-circuited the brain of Chicago journalist Cooper (Broderick). He must write notes to himself to aid his memory, and his newspaper job is tenuous as best. One problem here is that the film lacks the courage to really deal with "dimcap" symptoms. The film's star still gets his share of funny lines, he remembers everything he needs to and this supposedly scrambled memory plays no real role here as it did in a film like Memento.
Cooper's mom (Smith) summons him to his small Missouri hometown to help her settle Uncle Rollie (Alda), who shows signs of senile dementia. Here, too, you get not the pain and misery of an ailing elder -- as with the mentally fogged father in The Savages -- but a comically pixilated oldster obsessed about drying socks and tying baited fishing lines to typewriter keys so the fish can write poetry.
One of Uncle Rollie's obsessions proves downright intelligent. He possesses a rare baseball card, dating back to the last Cubs' World Championship, that is worth a fortune. So Slow and Slower take off for a Chicago baseball memorabilia show to sell the card. Along for the ride are Cooper's high school sweetheart, Charlotte (Madsen), who is now divorced and available again, and her son, Dillon (Jimmy Bennett).
All the characters that converge on this convention center seemingly suffer from "dimcap." The town drunk (Jim True-Frost), who follows the card-sellers, Cooper's Chicago buddy (comic Louis C.K.), a rabid Cubs fan (Dylan Baker) and a crooked dealer (Cannavale) are nothing more than cartoons. The theft of the card, a duplicate card and a few badly staged chases and fights are slapstick at its worst.
Alda actually is kind of interesting as the mentally unstable uncle, but Broderick appears to be sleepwalking. Madsen has little to do, and everyone else plays things far too broadly.
Cubs fans deserve a better tribute than this, but then again they are long suffering.
Plum Picturse/Steppenwolf Films/Hanson Allen Films/-Hard-Lunsford/Benedek Film
Director: Terry Kinney
Screenwriters: Sherwood Kiraly, Doug Bost
Based on the novel by: Sherwood Kiraly
Scott Hanson, John Allen, Ed Hart, Eric Warren Goldman
Director of photography: Vanja Cernjul
Production designer: Dan Davis
Music: Robert Burger
Costume designer: Sarah Holden
Editor: Tim Streeto
Cooper: Matthew Broderick
Rollie: Alan Alda
Charlotte: Virginia Madsen
Mad Dog McClure: Dylan Baker
Big Stan: Louis C.K.
Lee: Bobby Cannavale
Dillon: Jimmy Bennett
Donny: Jim True-Frost
Belle: Lois Smith
Running time -- 89 minutes
No MPAA rating
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