Vince Curatola Returns To ‘Law & Order: Svu’; Arlen Escarpeta Joins ‘The Magicians’

We’ll be seeing more of Vince Curatola in the new season of Law & Order: Svu. The Sopranos alum is returning for the upcoming 18th season of NBC’s veteran drama series in his recurring role of Judge Al Bertuccio. Curatola recently wrapped feature Patriot’s Day, in which he plays the mayor of Boston. He played Johnny Saks on The Sopranos and also appeared recently on The Good Wife. Curatola is repped by Stone Manners Salners and Bob McGowan. Arlen Escarpeta (American Dreams
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‘Mistresses’ Casts Micky Shiloah; Amanda Brugel Joins ‘Eyewitness’

Micky Shiloah has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of ABC's summer drama series Mistresses. He will play Reza, the privileged nephew of Jonathan (Navid Negahban). Based on the UK series, Mistresses is executive-produced by Rina Mimoun, Kj Steinberg, Robert Sertner and Douglas Rae. Shiloah most recently scored guest roles on HBO’s Westworld and CBS’ Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He’s repped by Defining Artists and manager Bob McGowan. Amanda Bru…
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Californication Season 7 Bringing On New Male Yoga Teacher,New Spoiler

Californication season 7 bringing on new male Yoga teacher,new spoiler. According to a new report from Deadline, Showtime's hit show "Californication" season 7 peeps are bringing on a new male yoga teacher,and he'll be played by actor, Roger Howarth. Currently, the role is for a multi-episode arc,and they describe him as being a yoga teacher "in the class of Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank’s (David Duchovny) longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend and mother of his daughter." Roger Howarth's acting resume includes roles in soaps, "General Hospital" and "One Life To Live." So, it sounds like he's moving on up a bit. He's repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McCowan Management. Californication season 7 is set to premiere sometime in January 2014.
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Miguel Gomez Joins FX Pilot ‘The Strain’, Roger Howarth To Recur On ‘Californication’

Exclusive: Miguel Gomez (Bless Me, Ultima) has landed a regular role in FX‘s high-profile drama project The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. The Strain, an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, formally has a pilot order but is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup. It is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Gomez, repped by Greene & Associates and attorney Jeff Bernstein, will play Augustin “Gus” Elizalde, a badass gangbanger whose one redeeming trait is his love for his mother. Fresh out of juvenile hall after serving 18 months for manslaughter, he becomes one of humanity’s most effective warriors in the struggle against the vampires.
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S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeffrey Ross, Melinda McGraw Among Pilot Guest Castings

In the last wave of pilot castings, the pilots are booking actors for guest starring roles, most of them with potential to recur if the pilots go to series. Here are several notable guest signings: Law & Order veteran S. Epatha Merkerson and Comedy Central roast master Jeff Ross, host of The Burn With Jeff Ross, will guest star in Fox’s Boomerang. Merkerson plays a mysterious agency bureaucrat; Ross, repped by Thruline and Wme, plays an agency handler of operatives. Merkerson, repped by ICM Partners and manager Bob McGowan, recurs on NBC’s Deception and just signed on to co-star in the Marvin Gaye biopic. Melinda McGraw (Men Of A Certain Age) has joined Fox’s drama Delirium after recently recurring on the network’s comedy Ben & Kate. Repped by Domain and McKeon/Myones, she will play Lydia, the image-conscious wife of Thomas Fineman. Former Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
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New York -- It's not quite a "Law & Order" reunion, but S. Epatha Merkerson will be teaming up again with former co-star Jesse L. Martin.

Merkerson says she's been cast to play Martin's mother in the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing." Her manager Bob McGowan says production begins in Luxembourg in late March.

Merkerson played Lt. Anita Van Buren on "Law & Order" from 1991 until it ended in 2010. Martin played Detective Ed Green from 1999 to 2008.

The film focuses on Gaye in the 1980s when he battled drug abuse and depression.

Merkerson spoke Monday while promoting NBC's drama "Deception," in which she plays the mother of show's lead character Johanna. She's also in the Tyler Perry-produced film comedy "We The Peeples" due out in May.
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Roger Howarth To Reprise His Role On ‘One Life To Live’ While Keeping ‘Gh’ Gig

One of One Life To Live‘s most popular characters, Todd Manning, will be back, at least for a while. I’ve learned that Roger Howarth, who portrayed the character on the ABC soap, has signed to reprise his role on the series’ revival for Prospect Park‘s Online Network. But that doesn’t mean Howarth will be departing ABC’s General Hospital, where his character migrated after the end of Oltl. I hear Howarth has signed on to film Oltl for four weeks starting in late March. He then is expected to go back to General Hospital and continue as Manning. Howarth is one of three Oltl actors who segued to Gh after the show ended in January 2012, along with Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson. The three had been the subject of legal wrangling between Prospect Park and ABC as Prospect Park made it clear it wanted the actors back on Oltl,
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S. Epatha Merkerson To Recur On ‘Deception’, Jere Burns On ‘Bates Motel’

S. Epatha Merkerson To Recur On ‘Deception’, Jere Burns On ‘Bates Motel’
Exclusive: Law & Order alumna S. Epatha Merkerson is returning to NBC with a recurring role on the network’s upcoming drama series Deception. The show, from writer Liz Heldens, Universal TV and BermanBraun, is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Padget (Meagan Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Bower family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress Vivian Bower who was once her closest friend. Emmy winner Merkerson, repped by ICM Partners and Bob McGowan, will play Joanna’s mom Beverly Padget, who worked for the Bowers family when Joanna was a young girl. Jere Burns (AMC’s Breaking Bad) is set for a recurring role A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel. A prequel to Psycho, the series examines the twisted relationship between serial-killer-to-be Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Varmiga). Burns
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Tony Sirico To Recur On ‘Family Guy’, Bess Armstrong On ‘House Of Lies’

Exclusive: Tony Sirico has been tapped for a recurring role on the Fox animated series Family Guy. He will voice Vinnie the Dog, a pooch with attitude and possible criminal ties that the Griffins buy from a pet shop. I hear Sirico also sings the theme song for next season with Family Guy creator/lead actor Seth MacFarlane and the rest of the series’ voice cast. Additionally, Sirico is set to voice Tony “Peanuts” Sirico in the Adult Swim animated pilot Colonel Wallace, about an eccentric Southern fried-chicken magnate. Sirico, repped by Bob McGowan, recently wrapped the feature Zarra’s Law and Nickelodeon movie Nicky Deuce. My So-Called Life alumna Bess Armstrong has landed a recurring role on the second season of Showtime’s dark comedy series House Of Lies, about a group of ruthless management consultants. In a 6- to 7-episode arc, Armstrong will play Julianne Hotschragar, a Meg Whitman-type character.
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Ioncinephile of the Month: Sean Baker’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This November, we feature Sean Baker, an independent filmmaker whose fourth film, Starlet premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, then continued onwards to Locarno, BFI London and most recently AFI Film Fest before being released theatrically via Music Box Films on Friday November 9th. Below is our follow-up interview where we learn more about Baker’s process and about the films that have influenced the filmmaker. Here’s Sean Baker’s personal Top Ten films of all time.

Eric Lavallee: During your childhood…what films were important to you?

Sean Baker: When I was in first grade, my mother brought me to the local library where they were screening selected scenes from the Universal monster films on 16mm. I remember watching the burning windmill sequence from James Whale’s
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Jesse L. Martin To Star In NBC’s ‘Secret Lives Of Husbands & Wives’ Pilot

Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin is set to star opposite Martin Henderson in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NBC drama pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. It is described as thriller-dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three suburban couples and their families exposed in its aftermath. Martin will play half of one of the couples, Greg Cooke, a perpetual frat boy and former hedge fund manager whose faltering finances force him into partnering with an unsavory business associate. Also starring in the pilot are Perrey Reeves and Nicole Ari Parker. Martin, repped by ICM Partners and manager Bob McGowan, is recurring on NBC’s Smash this season, and he signed on do the pilot after the schedules for the two NBC projects could be worked out. Helping the matter is the fact that both Smash and
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Teri Polo & Sherri Saum To Star In Jennifer Lopez’s ABC Family Pilot ‘The Fosters’

Teri Polo (Meet The Parents) and Sherri Saum (In Treatment) will topline ABC Family‘s drama pilot The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The project tells the story of Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum) Foster, a mixed-race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. When Lena decides to take in Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past, Callie’s disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters’ lives upside down. Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige wrote the pilot, from Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods. In addition to Lopez, executive producers include Simon Fields, Bredeweg, Paige, and Greg Gugliotta. Polo, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, is filming indie A Bit Of Bad Luck.
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Jesse L. Martin Joins ‘Smash’ As Recurring

Jesse L. Martin Joins ‘Smash’ As Recurring
Exclusive: Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin is returning to NBC with a recurring role on the network’s musical drama Smash. He will play Scott Welker, an Artistic Director of a theater company who has history with a couple of our characters and I hear may get involved with Debra Messing’s Julia. Martin, repped by ICM Partners and manager Bob McGowan, is one of several high-profile recurring guest stars on the upcoming second season of Smash, along with Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes. He was most recently seen in the feature Joyful Noise.
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TV Movie News: Lifetime Greenlights Kidnapping Saga With Teri Polo & Esai Morales, TNT's 'Innocent' Casts Bill Pullman

Exclusive: Lifetime has greenlighted We Have Your Husband, an original movie starring Teri Polo and Esai Morales based on the true story of American Jayne Valseca (Polo) and her fight to free her husband Eduardo (Morales) who spent 7 and a half months at the hands of brutal kidnappers in Mexico. Eduardo, a Mexican businessman, was kidnapped at gunpoint close to the ranch where he lived with his wife Jayne and their kids, launching a race for Jayne to raise ransom money while Eduardo clings to life as he is starved, tortured and shot several times. We Have Your Husband, based on the book of the same name by Jayne Valseca and Mark Ebner, is produced by Johnson Production Group and Sc Pictures and executive produced by Tim Johnson and Jean AbounaderEric Bross will direct from a script by Jb White. Polo, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, just
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S. Epatha Merkerson Joins CBS' Medical Drama Pilot Directed by Jonathan Demme

S. Epatha Merkerson Joins CBS' Medical Drama Pilot Directed by Jonathan Demme
Law & Order veteran S. Epatha Merkerson has joined CBS' untitled Susannah Grant supernatural medical drama pilot. Jonathan Demme is directing the pilot, from CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly, which centers on Michael (Patrick Wilson), an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle), a doctor running a free clinic, dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the hereafter. Merkerson will play Michael's assistant Rita. Without her help, he probably wouldn’t make it through the day as she is really the person running the office. Sassy and strong willed, Rita is not someone you should cross. Merkerson joins another late addition to the cast of the medical drama pilot, Julie Benz. Merkerson was approached for several projects in her first pilot season following her 16-year stint on Law & Order. The Emmy-winning actress, repped by Icm and Bob McGowan plays the lead
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Jesse Martin To Star In Marc Cherry's Pilot

Former Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin is returning to series TV with a lead role in Marc Cherry's drama pilot for ABC Hallelujah. Martin is the irst actor cast in the project, which features musical elements. Hallelujah is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., which is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil and whose fortunes change when a stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith. Martin will play a mysterious, charming drifter who crosses paths with the newcomer. The actor, repped by Icm and manager Bob McGowan, fielded interest from several pilots this season. He recently wrapped The Merchant of Venice opposite Al Pacino on Broadway and is filming the feature Joyful Noise opposite Queen Latifah, in which he plays her husband.
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"Little Fockers" Star Teri Polo Owes Government More Than 0,000 Tax

"Little Fockers" star Teri Polo owes Uncle Sam more than 8,000 in taxes. The 41-year-old actress has been slapped with the IRS tax liens for unpaid income taxes from the last four years.

The IRS has placed a number of tax liens against the actress in recent months, including one filed for 6,620 in January 2010 in Los Angeles, 4,844 in August 2009 in Kent County, Delaware, ,748 lien in April 2008 again in L.A., and 7,144 in February 2008 in Kent County.

Her manager, Bob McGowan, told the Detroit Free-Press, via, that Polo's expensive divorce and her time off from making films contributed to the financial mess. She has already come to an agreement with the IRS officials, and is working on repaying her debt.

Polo, who plays Ben Stiller's wife in the comedy "Meet the Parents" and its sequels, is just one of the celebrities who have been cited by the tax agency,
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CBS Sets FBI Drama Starring Dylan Walsh

Exclusive: Former Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh is reuniting with CBS and producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly for another procedural about  an agent at a Washington D.C.-based government agency. CBS has ordered a script for an untitled FBI drama project set in D.C. from veteran drama writer Julie Hebert, with Walsh attached to star. Timberman/Beverly Prods. and CBS Television Studios, where the company is now based, are producing. Hebert, Timberman and Beverly are executive producing, with Walsh and Kerry Schmidt serving as producers. Last development season, Walsh played the lead in The Line,  a CBS drama pilot from writer-director Michael Dinner, Timberman/Beverly and Sony TV, which centered an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent and a father. Walsh, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, recently co-starred in Secretariat. CAA-repped Hebert serves as a consulting producer on the CBS/CBS Studios freshman cop family drama Blue Bloods.
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Teri Polo Joins 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

Teri Polo has been added to the cast of NBC's upcoming Law & Order: Los Angeles. In a major recurring role, she will play Casey Winters, the wife of Det. Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and a former hard-nosed cop who retired to start a family. Polo, who next reprises her Meet the Parents role in Little Fockers, is repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan.
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Regina Hall & Wanda De Jesus Join 'Law & Order: La'; Cast Locked In For Monday Start

Update: NBC's new series Los & Order: Los Angeles has locked in its cast, with one day to spare. CSI: Miami alumna Wanda De Jesus and former Ally McBeal co-star Regina Hall have landed the last regular roles on the crime procedural, which starts production on Monday. De Jesus will play Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales, the cool and authoritative captain of the Lapd Robbery Homicide Division. Hall will play Dda Eva Price, a gorgeous and brainy bombshell with a strong sense of moral rectitude. The two join previously cast Skeet Ulrich, Alfred Molina, Terrence Howard, Corey Stoll. De Jesus, repped by Diverse Talent and manager Bob McGowan, appears on All My Children. One of Hall’s first acting gigs was a guest spot on New York Undercover co-created by Dick Wolf. The actress, repped by Icm and Principato Young, went on to work mostly in features (Scary Movie, Death At A Funeral
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