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Candice Bergen will topline ABC’s comedy pilot “Pearl” as the titular character, a larger-than-life family matriarch, Variety has learned.
When Pearl finds out she has cancer, she becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.
“Pearl” was one of the first comedy pilots ordered at ABC this season. The single-cam laffer hails from writer Andrew Reich (“Friends”), who will exec produce the pilot. Jim Field Smith (“She’s Out of My League,” “Episodes”) will direct the pilot. ABC Studios will produce.
Bergen’s casting is a “get” for ABC, bringing the “Boston Legal” and “Murphy Brown” alum back to television in a major role. Her other most notable credits include “Gandhi,” “Miss Congeniality” and “Sex and the City.” She recently had guest roles on “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Battle Creek.”
Bergen is repped by ICM.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a Behind the Scenes look at the much-anticipated adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which you can check out below.
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, »
- Kellvin Chavez
When Agatha Christie’s murder mystery play The Mousetrap opened in London in 1952, the actor Sheila Sim, who has died aged 93, had doubts about its ability to last for six months. But the fact that she could wait until just before its 50th anniversary before publicly confessing those doubts, at a lunch at the Savoy hotel with 300 other actors who had appeared in the play, showed them to be unfounded. By then it had long passed its 20,000th performance, and it is still going strong, as the world’s longest initial run of a play.
Through starring as Mollie Ralston, owner of the snowed-in Monkswell Manor, Sim set the seal on her growing reputation as an actor. Her husband, Richard Attenborough, co-starred in the play as Detective Sergeant Trotter, who arrives on a pair of skis, »
- Dennis Barker
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