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A Look at New Fall Shows

27 August 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

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, »

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New and returning series add character

25 August 2008 9:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Former "Sports Night" co-stars Teri Polo and Josh Charles will play a newly married couple in an upcoming episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Svu."

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."

In addition, Mei Melancon has landed a multiepisode arc on Showtime's "The L Word," and Krysten Ritter has joined AMC's "Breaking Bad" as a recurring.

On "Svu," Polo will play a newly remarried mother whose teenage son (Marshall Allman, "Prison Break") develops pedophilic feelings for his 5-year-old stepbrother. »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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NBC’s New Action Hope: My Own Worst Enemy

19 August 2008 6:29 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

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

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Madchen Amick cast in 'Enemy'

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.

Madchen Amick has been tapped to co-star opposite Slater on NBC's fall drama series "My Own Worst Enemy."

"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.

Show creator Jason Smilovic recently took a back seat in the day-to-day operations on the series, and co-exec producer John Eisendrath was elevated to executive producer/showrunner.

"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.

Amick, whose series credits include "ER" and "Twin Peaks," is repped by Gersh and Affirmative Entertainment. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Alfre Woodard joins 'Enemy'

23 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Emmy winner Alfre Woodard has been tapped to co-star opposite Christian Slater in NBC's new drama series "My Own Worst Enemy".

"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.

Woodard is the last major cast addition to "Enemy", joining Slater, Mike O'Malley, Yara Martinez and Saffron Burrows.

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.

Four-time Emmy winner Woodard most recently received two Emmy noms in 2006 for her yearlong stint on "Desperate Housewives" and for the miniseries "The Water Is Wide".

She is repped by ICM and manager Steve Dontanville. »

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Andre Braugher joins TNT pilot

4 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Andre Braugher has been tapped to star opposite Ray Romano in TNT's drama pilot Men of a Certain Age.

Meanwhile, Jimmi Simpson has joined Fox's two-hour backdoor pilot Virtuality and Yara Martinez has come aboard NBC's upcoming drama series My Own Worst Enemy.

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. »

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Will Kemp, Matthew Lillard in pilots

3 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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.

Additionally, Yara Martinez has joined Fox's comedy pilot Spaced and Eion Bailey has come onboard CBS' drama presentation Can Openers.

Ny-Lon, from ABC Studios, centers on a New York store clerk (Elisha Cuthbert) and a London stock broker (Kemp) who embark on a cross-continental romance.

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. »

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