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Carrie-Anne Moss To Star in Lifetime Pilot

14 December 2010 12:47 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss has been tapped as the lead in Lifetime's untitled Michael Sardo pilot. The project, from writer-executive producer Michael Sardo and Universal Cable Prods., centers on Ann Brown (Moss), New York's premiere celebrity psychologist. With her life and marriage in shambles, she leaves town to join her sister, the Dean at a teaching hospital, to become the chief of staff of the hospital's psych ward. There, she rediscovers her love for helping people while reconnecting with her sister, despite their volatile history. Gerard Bocaccio is executive producing the pilot with Sardo, while Timothy Busfield is set to direct. Moss, repped by Wme and manager Elizabeth Hodgson, is the latest feature actress to headline a cable pilot. Moss started off on TV, with roles on such series as Dark Justice, Models Inc. and F/X: The Series, before her big breakthrough in the 1999 feature The Matrix, »


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USA's "Facing Kate" Includes Gay Male Character

4 August 2010 9:14 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

After going an entire year without having a single gay or bisexual man appear in their lineup, USA Network will be adding a gay male character to their fall schedule. Assuming the show isn't quickly canceled (unlikely on USA) this should help the network to improve on the "F" grade GLAAD gave them for their current lack of Glbt representation. 

The show is called Facing Kate and stars Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed, a former attorney who becomes a "mediator" because she feels attorneys often aren't helping people.

Thirty-two-year old Ethan Embry will play Kate's gay brother, Spencer who will appear in five of the first twelve episodes.

Facing Kate's creator Michael Sardo (pictured right) spoke with about how the character came to be. Given that the show is set in San Francisco, Sardo felt "it would be a little disingenuous to do a show set in »

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'Facing Kate': No hate for lawyers in 'anti-law' law show

30 July 2010 3:34 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Hate your lawyer? You may love "Facing Kate."

USA latest dramedy stars Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed, a disgruntled lawyer who quits and becomes a mediator -- sort of the anti-lawyer.

"A mediator can be a lawyer who's resigned from the bar, which is what Kate's done," creator Michael Sardo tells the TCA members during the NBC networks press tour on Friday (July 30). "In a regular law show, you have all this artifice around and someone speaking for you or instead of you, whereas we just get right to the heart of it and do our little anti-law law show. Two people in a room in conflict, send in Kate, and things happen."

Kate is actually drawn to helping people, to the point of disregarding her own safety or perhaps regular social boundaries. This was a quality that the producers were looking for in their lead. Sardo gives an example »


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TCA Liveblog: "The Event," "Undercovers," "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "Facing Kate," Outlaw," and "Chase"

30 July 2010 2:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

3:30 p.m. Chase

In the new action show about U.S. Marshalls, Kelli Giddish plays Annie Frost, a Texan with a talent for chasing down the best of criminals. Giddish's co-star is someone we know well: Rose Rollins.

Rose said she plays "Daisy, aka Hurricane. I balance out the Chatterbox over here, which is Marco, because I am a woman of few words. I am the tactical specialist. I come from a tight knit family, second generation Nigerian."

And it's true — in the pilot, even when Rose is on screen, she's not saying much. But I feel like her role will grow as the show goes on and establishes itself. Also Executive Producer Jennifer Johnson says we'll see a friendship unfold between Annie and Lucy and "learn a secret" about Annie.

I asked Rose if she knows her character's romantic situation and she said there hasn't been any development »

- Trish Bendix

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USA Network Greenlights New Series 'Facing Kate'

15 March 2010 4:51 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

From a press release

Los Angeles, CA - March 15, 2010 - USA Network has announced today the pickup of its newest original series Facing Kate starring Sarah Shahi ("Life," "The L Word"), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Gallactica, One Tree Hill), Virginia Williams (The O.C., American Beauty) and Baron Vaughn (Invasion) in a first-ever co-production between Universal Cable Productions and Universal Networks International. Shooting on location in Vancouver, Facing Kate will debut with a 90-minute premiere followed by 11 one-hour episodes. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, president, original programming, USA Network, and co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions.

"The combination of Michael's and Sarah's unique talents gives this funny, energetic and iconoclastic law show a completely fresh voice," said Wachtel. "We see Facing Kate as the perfect complement to our character-based series line-up."

Facing Kate centers on Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), a top litigator who became frustrated with the endless »

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USA Gives Facing Kate a Series Order

15 March 2010 8:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The network orders 11 additional episodes on top of the pilot It seems the USA Network is a perfect 2-for-2 in pilot development this season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, USA has given a season order to Facing Kate.

The network has ordered 11 more episodes of the show, in addition to the 90-minute pilot, for the show, which stars Sarah Shahi. The story centers on Shahi's Kate Reed, a top lawyer who comes from a family of successful lawyers, but becomes fed up with the bureaucracy of the legal system and decides to become a mediator instead. Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams and Baron Vaughn round out the cast. The series was created by Michael Sardo, who will executive produce and serve as the showrunner.

USA picked up its other new series, Covert Affairs, in January, making it the second year in a row the network will launch two new series. In »

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USA Picks Up Anti-Lawyer Drama ‘Facing Kate’

15 March 2010 8:13 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In an attempt to expand their female-centered dramas, USA has committed to a full season order of the new legal drama, Facing Kate. Created by Caroline in the City mastermind Michael Sardo and starring former Life actress Sarah Shahi, Facing Kate will follow frustrated litigator, Kate Reed, who decides to quit her current profession to become a mediator – the anti-lawyer.

As with all USA series, Facing Kate will kick things off with a 90-minute premiere followed by eleven hour-long episodes.

For the past couple of years, USA has become known for steering away from your typical cookie-cutter series and Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming, believes that this trend will continue with Facing Kate as the show has something more to offer viewers than the typical legal drama.

“This is someone who lives in a world of a constant conflict. With traditional lawyers, it’s always one wins, one loses; in mediation, »

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USA Network 'Facing' Another Female-Fronted Drama

14 March 2010 8:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Josef Adalian

With TNT's "Saving Grace" about to end, USA Network has given thumbs up to "Facing Kate."

Basic cable's top-rated network Sunday announced its latest series pickup via the website of the Hollywood Reporter, with USA programming chief Jeff Wachtel telling the trade paper he's ordered 11 episodes of "Kate" on top of its 90-minute pilot.

The series, from Universal Cable Productions and Universal Networks International, is an hourlong drama series about a legal mediator. It stars Sarah Shahi and was created by Michael Sardo ("Caroline in the »

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USA gives series order to 'Facing Kate'

14 March 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's ladies' year at USA Network.

The top basic cable network has handed out its second series order to a female-centered drama this year, "Facing Kate."

"Kate," toplined by Sarah Shahi, has been picked up for 11 episodes in addition to its 90-minute pilot and is being co-produced by Universal Cable Prods. and Universal Networks International.

That makes it two-for-two for USA, which in January picked up to series the other pilot from its 2009 development cycle, the Piper Perabo starrer "Covert Affairs."

That means that USA will launch two new series for a second year in a row after unspooling "Royal Pains" and "White Collar," both featuring male leads, in 2009.

The launch plan for "Covert" and "Kate" is still being worked out but it is expected to follow the pattern of "Pains" and "Collar," which premiered in the summer and in the fourth quarter, respectively.

"Kate" centers on Kate Reed (Shahi), a top litigator who, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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