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High school students in a familiar zip code. A spy with a split personality. A woman with a year to find her soul mate. These are just some of the colorful characters dotting the landscape when the new TV season kicks off this fall. Back Stage takes a look at some of the most promising shows the networks will offer and talks with the people behind the scenes to find out what to expect in casting opportunities.90210The CWClass is back in session at West Beverly Hills High, but just as in real life, it's not the same as it was when you were last here. Sure, the place looks pretty much the same (it's being shot at the same Torrance High School location), but the faces are new. Well, not entirely. Nat (Joe E. Tata) is still discharging his duties as proprietor-avuncular figure at the Peach Pit, and hey, »
25 August 2008 9:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In a slew of other casting news, Michael Cudlitz has come aboard and Benjamin McKenzie has officially joined the cast of NBC's drama pilot "Lapd," Lorna Scott has joined the CW's "Surviving Suburbia," Josh Stamberg has been cast in Lifetime's drama pilot "Drop Dead Diva," Charlie Saxton has come aboard HBO's hourlong pilot "Hung," Whitney Cummings has joined MyNetworkTV's new sketch-comedy series "The Tony Rock Project," and Bella Thorne has been added to NBC's drama series "My Own Worst Enemy."
- By Kimberly Nordyke
My Own Worst Enemy is about a man. Actually two men–well, one man, two personalities, er, well, you’ll see.
Christian Slater plays a man plagued by an interesting problem: by day he’s Henry Spivey, an efficiency expert who lives in the suburbs with a wife (Yara Martinez) and the obligatory 2 children and a dog. His other personality is that of Edward Albright, a super-spy operative of the Janus Headquarters who speaks 9 languages, can run a 4 minute mile and is a trained killer.
The division between the two alter egos starts to break down when a chip implant in his brain malfunctions. The two different personalities start finding themselves fighting for control of the one body they inhabit.
I like Christian Slater. He brings an energy to the roles he plays that just agrees with me. He’s got the perfect steely glare that cuts to the chase as an operative. »
- Bruce Simmons
14 August 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Christian Slater has found a new wife.
"Enemy," from Ums, centers on Henry (Slater), a mild-mannered suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a suave spy.
Amick will play Henry's wife, who has no idea about his double life. She replaces Yara Martinez who was originally cast in the role.
This is the second major change on "Enemy" in the past 10 days.
"Enemy," which just wrapped production on its David Semel-directed pilot, is set to air in the plum post-"Heroes" Monday 10 p.m. slot. It originally was scheduled to launch Sept. 29, but the premiere was pushed to Oct. 13 to showcase the sophomore drama "Life" behind "Heroes" for two weeks and to help "Enemy" stay in originals through December.
- By Nellie Andreeva
"Enemy", from Universal Media Studios, centers on Henry (Slater), a mild-mannered suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a suave spy.
Woodard will play Mavis Heller, Edward's tough and astute boss at Janus HQ. She also has an alter ego, Helen, who gets to interact with Henry.
The project, created by Jason Smilovic, was picked up straight to series and is slated to air in the fall at Mondays 10 p.m.
She is repped by ICM and manager Steve Dontanville. »
Andre Braugher has been tapped to star opposite Ray Romano in TNT's drama pilot Men of a Certain Age.
Age, from Romano and Mike Royce, explores the bonds of male friendship through the eyes of three college buddies who are in their 40s. Braugher plays one of Joe's (Romano) two best friends, Owen, an overstressed husband and father who works as a car salesman at his dad's dealership.
He is repped by Endeavor and Principato-Young.
Virtuality is set aboard Earth's first starship, which is equipped with advanced virtual reality modules. Simpson, repped by WMA and ROAR, will play a mysterious man who enters the virtual-reality world with a hostile agenda.
Enemy centers on Henry (Christian Slater), a suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a spy. Martinez, repped by APA and Allman/Rae Management, will play Henry's loving wife who has no idea about his double life. »
In the latest round of pilot castings, Will Kemp has been tapped as the male lead in CBS' drama pilot Ny-Lon, Olivia Williams is set to co-star on Fox's Dollhouse and Matthew Lillard has signed on to co-star opposite Geena Davis in CBS' drama presentation Exit 19.
Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, from 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around a group of young men and women, aka Dolls, who are imprinted with different personalities. Williams (X-Men: The Last Stand) will play the ruthless and protective Adelle, who runs the Dollhouse. She is repped by ICM and Independent Talent Group.
Exit 19, from CBS Par and ABC Studios, stars Davis as Gloria, a quirky Manhattan homicide detective who also is a single mom. »
7 items from 2008
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