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Colombian production powerhouse Teleset, which is 50% owned by Spt, will produce the skein, renamed “Metastasis.”
The mainly Colombian cast includes Diego Trujillo (“El Capo” and “A Corazan Abierto”) as the lead character, Walter Blanco; Roberto Urbina (“Che: Part 1″ and “Correo de Inocentes”) as Walter’s partner, Jose Miguel Rosas; Sandra Reyes (“El Cartel” and “Pedro el Escamoso”) as Walter’s wife, Cielo; and Julian Arango (“El Cartel” and “Betty la Fea”) as Walter’s brother-in-law and Colombian narcotics agent, Henry Navarro.
Based on the multiple Emmy-winning drama now entering its fifth and final season in July in the U.S., “Metastasis” tracks a mild chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and ventures into the netherworld of drugs »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Then Remini's mother weighed in.
"As opposed to me," Remini said, wryly. "He's real, he does drama."
Remini has made her career largely in comedy but her mom still can brag on her. Besides the 1998-2007 run opposite Kevin James in CBS' "King of Queens," Remini has worked steadily in a string of sitcoms including "Cheers" and "In the Motherhood." She was a co-host on "The Talk" for »
The blueprint: Assemble familiar character actors into an on-screen family, then nail it to one of the last new series of the television season.
Premiering Wednesday, May 1, the ABC sitcom "Family Tools" revolves around a passing of the torch as a heart attack forces veteran handyman Tony (J.K. Simmons, "The Closer") to turn his business over to his ne'er-do-well son Jack (Kyle Bornheimer, "She's Out of My League"). Though his aunt Terry (Leah Remini, "The King of Queens") offers Jack encouragement, he has much to prove as he sets out to move the family trade forward.
"Family Tools" is based on the British show "White Van Man." Writer-producer Bobby Bowman ("Raising Hope") did the Americanization and defines that title term as a "sort of fix-it guy. The direct translation would be 'jack-of-all-trades'; that's why I named (the central character) Jack. The British version was Ollie. I don't know any Ollies. »
Chicago – ABC continues to try to use Emmy-winning comedy juggernaut “Modern Family” to create a hit as a lead-in or a lead-out: “The Neighbors,” “Suburgatory,” “Happy Endings,” “How to Live with Your Parents,” and, starting tonight, “Family Tools,” a show with a strong enough comedy pedigree to produce a few laughs but writing that isn’t quite strong enough to warrant comparison with the best of the ABC comedy wannabes. (For the record, “Happy Endings” is great and “Suburgatory” is real good. The rest range from mediocre to awful.)
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
“Family Tools” has a pretty generic set-up — a wandering screw-up of a son comes home to run the family business even though he has no experience in doing so and no real connection to the other branches on his family tree. He has a distant dad, an acerbic aunt, a bizarre cousin, and an annoying neighbor. It seems like »
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A comedian and writer known for his TV role on The King of Queens and in films including Young Adult and Ratatouille, Patton Oswalt got serious alongside most of those reacting to the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. He refused to limit himself to just 140 characters on Twitter, where he quoted Mister Rogers on what he was told to do when bad things happen. The hopeful message has inspired thousands of retweets and favorites. "Look for the helpers. You'll always find people who are helping. -- Fred Rogers, on what to do when scary things are on the news, »
- Kristin Boehm
Actress and producer Leah Remini has signed with Apa in all areas. Remini is best known for starring opposite Kevin James in the long-running CBS comedy The King of Queens and will star opposite J.K. Simmons in ABC’s mid-season sitcom Family Tools. Queens remains a giant syndication hit and airs nationally off-network and in 33 countries. Remini also recently served as co-host for The Talk during its 2010-2011 season. Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2013 “Jim Gosnell and I speak an East Coast, no Bs, heartfelt language that, at this point my
- Borys Kit
Patton Oswalt will guest star on "Parks and Recreation" as a man who believes the Pawnee, Ind., town charter is perfect and should never be changed. The comedian, who portrayed Spence Olchin in "The King of Queens" for nine seasons, will play a concerned citizen outraged by Leslie Knope's efforts to change the horribly outdated charter. He thinks life was better when the show's fictional town was founded in 1817, and regards the original authors of the town charter as geniuses whose writings should never be altered. Co-creator Mike Schur announced the »
- Greg Gilman
Chicago – There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there are the movies that are just strangely non-existent. The Kevin James comedy “Here Comes the Boom,” recently released on DVD and Blu-ray, falls into that gap in-between. The movie has a good heart but it’s so predictable that its complete lack of real humor leaves it just bland. There’s nothing horribly wrong with “Boom” but there’s nothing to praise either. It is mediocre in every way and will appeal to only hardcore fans of James or Mma.
I’d actually call myself one of the former. I saw every episode of “The King of Queens” and keep waiting for Kevin James to find his breakout role. He needs to leave the Happy Madison people behind because they keep wasting his talents. Sadly, that seems impossible for James. He must have signed a contract. And »
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NBC is trying to keep at least some of "The Office" family in the fold after the show ends.
Craig Robinson, who plays warehouse manager Darryl Philbin on the show, is teaming up with "Office" executive producer Greg Daniels and writer Owen Ellickson for a comedy pilot. Robinson will play a musician who gets a job teaching music at a middle school (Robinson himself is a proficient piano player).
Ellickson, who's also worked on "The King of Queens" and "Friends With Benefits," is writing the pilot and executive producing with Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein and Mark Schulman. Robinson will have a producer credit.
Other pilot pickups and castings:
- CBS has greenlit a comedy pilot based on the movie "Bad Teacher." Hillary Winston ("Community," "Happy Endings") is writing it, and the movie's writers, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, are among the executive producers.
- Also at CBS, drama pilot »
"The Facts of Life" star Charlotte Rae really learned that you take the good and take the bad in life -- she is revealing that her 25 year marriage ended because her husband was gay.The 86-year-old is currently shopping a memoir entitled "The Facts of My Life," in which she talks about her time as school headmistress Mrs. Garrett on "The Facts of Life" from 1979-1986. She also drops the bomb about learning that her husband, composer John Strauss, was gay and had cheated on her.“First came the shock of what he had done behind my back, then the sting of being deceived for years,” she writes, according to an excerpt posted by the NY Post. “All I could feel was the betrayal and, worse than that, my shame.” The couple had two children during their marriage, and had just moved to Los Angeles when Strauss broke the news »
- tooFab Staff
Merrin Dungey — who played super spy Sydney Bristow’s ill-fated best friend-turned-body-snatched baddie on the cult hit — will guest-star in a February episode of the CW soap, TVLine has learned exclusively.
She’ll play a sympathetic therapist assigned to counsel Liam, who’ll be held at a courthouse after suffering some legal woes.
90210 resumes its fifth season on Monday, Jan. 21 in its new 9/8c time slot, »
- Megan Masters
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