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Chyler Leigh and David Harewood Suit Up for 'Supergirl'

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The CBS "Supergirl" pilot continues to build up its star-studded roster, with the addition of Chyler Leigh and David Harewood to the ensemble.

Leigh and Harewood will be featured as series regulars. Here's a breakdown of their characters, per TheWrap:

Harewood ("Homeland," "Selfie") will play Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent who heads up the Department of Extra-Normal Operations and tracks extraterrestrial threats. In DC Comics lore, he eventually becomes Cyborg Superman. Leigh, meanwhile, ("Grey's Anatomy," "That '80s Show") plays Kara's/Supergirl's (Melissa Benoist) foster sister Alexandra "Alex" Danvers, described as a confident doctor who became fascinated by her sibling's powers at a young age.

Those two are just the latest to sign up for "Supergirl," with Calista Flockhart also joining the cast this week. Laura Benanti and Mehcad Brooks also star.

TheWrap also reports that Andrew Kreisberg, who worked on fellow DC Comics properties "Arrow" and "The Flash" for The CW,
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Pilot casting: Chyler Leigh and Anthony Lapaglia land starring roles

Casting irony alert: Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Chyler Leigh is set to play a survivor of a plane crash in an NBC comedy.

Leigh is joining the ensemble of "Holding Patterns," a show about a group of friends whose lives change after they survive a plane crash. Her "Grey's" character died at the end of last season -- as the result of a plane crash.

"The Office" writer-producer Justin Spitzer created "Holding Patterns." It will be the first comedy series role for Leigh since she starred in the short-lived "That '80s Show" in 2002.

Lots more pilot casting news:

- "Without a Trace" star Anthony Lapaglia is close to a deal to star opposite Felicity Huffman in Fox's drama "Boomerang." The show is about a family business, which just happens to be contract killing. Lapaglia and Huffman would play husband and wife, who have trained their two sons (Patrick Heusinger and
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TV Espresso: News Items for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve's Day (or, whatever you want to call it)! Today, we have news briefs about a bunch of classic sitcoms coming to Hulu, what you won't be seeing on Desperate Housewives (photo at right), a Mission: Impossible partnership, what to watch this weekend, and Facebook's new phone. Plus, a few notable premieres in TV history.

Hulu Plus

The TV video website has struck a deal with Carsey Werner TV Distribution to license 11 of their vintage sitcoms. They are The Cosby Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Grounded for Life, Men Behaving Badly, That '80s Show, The Tracy Morgan Show, Whoopi, Damon, Game Over, Davis Rules, and Normal, Ohio. The 580 episodes are available for viewing via Hulu's subscription service, Hulu Plus. Some of Carsey Werner's biggest titles -- Roseanne, That '70s Show, and Grace Under Fire -- weren't included in the deal.
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Hulu Plus Adds ‘Cosby Show’, ’3rd Rock from the Sun’, and More

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Hulu Plus Adds ‘Cosby Show’, ’3rd Rock from the Sun’, and More
[1] Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to get everyone together and remember just how crazy and messed-up your family can be. But if you're a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can spend this holiday ignoring your wacky relatives and hanging out with someone else's instead. Sort of. The streaming service has just acquired the rights to 11 sitcoms from Casey Werner TV Distribution including The Cosby Show, should you want to see what a warm, loving family is supposed to look like, and 3rd Rock From the Sun, should you want reassurance that no matter how bizarre your clan gets, they could be worse. More details after the jump. The Casey Werner deal adds a total of 580 episodes to the Hulu Plus catalog, which already counts over 42,000 full-length episodes according to a blog entry [2] posted by Hulu's Svp of Content & Distribution Andy Forssell last month. In addition to The Cosby Show and 3rd Rock From the Sun,
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Cinematical Originals: From Beastly Rangos to Molly Ringwald and Epic School Parties

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Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

Zip out for the weekend before our great Friday night content? Miss a day of movie coverage? Check here every Friday afternoon for all the great original content Cinematical published over the last week and play catch up!

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'Rango' Review: Must Be Something in the Water

Eric Snider reviews 'Rango' and reveals that it's more than meets the eye: "The whole thing feels like the Coen brothers made a Tex Avery cartoon set in the Old West, ran it through a Pixar filter, and then dipped it in LSD."

'The Adjustment Bureau' Review: Defying Expectations

Getting a little Matt Damon, Emily Blunt adjustment, Peter Hall attempts to review "a movie so defiant of the Hollywood norms we're used to that it's impossible to market it accurately." He concludes: "even if 'The Adjustment Bureau' does have a few permanent bruises from running the Hollywood gauntlet,
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Cinematical Originals: From Beastly Rangos to Molly Ringwald and Epic School Parties

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Cinematical Originals: From Beastly Rangos to Molly Ringwald and Epic School Parties
Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

Zip out for the weekend before our great Friday night content? Miss a day of movie coverage? Check here every Friday afternoon for all the great original content Cinematical published over the last week and play catch up!

Reviews

'Rango' Review: Must Be Something in the Water

Eric Snider reviews 'Rango' and reveals that it's more than meets the eye: "The whole thing feels like the Coen brothers made a Tex Avery cartoon set in the Old West, ran it through a Pixar filter, and then dipped it in LSD."

'The Adjustment Bureau' Review: Defying Expectations

Getting a little Matt Damon, Emily Blunt adjustment, Peter Hall attempts to review "a movie so defiant of the Hollywood norms we're used to that it's impossible to market it accurately." He concludes: "even if 'The Adjustment Bureau' does have a few permanent bruises from running the Hollywood gauntlet,
See full article at Cinematical »

Debbie Gibson & Tiffany Bring Back Pop Rivalry for Syfy Movie

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Debbie Gibson & Tiffany Bring Back Pop Rivalry for Syfy Movie
Back in the '80s, there were two teen girls battling for pop supremacy. One, Debbie Gibson, took the tween fashion world by storm with cut-off shorts, jean vests, and funky hats. The other, Tiffany, hit malls everywhere singing Beatles tunes. As time went on, Debbie continued releasing music that never earned the same fame, but she also changed her name to Deborah and hit Broadway, playing everyone from Sally Bowles to Fanny Brice. Tiffany, meanwhile, faded through the nineties, even flirting with country to continue her career, before making a momentary comeback dropping trou for Playboy and appearing in the very short-lived That '80s Show. In recent years, she popped up in a Meat Loaf commercial, and her fans found documentary fame with I Think We're Alone Now.

And now, the pair are coming together for a science fiction feature over at Syfy.

Filed under: Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting,
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'Grey's Anatomy''s Chyler Leigh Talks Baby News

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Our own Lara Spencer catches up with the sexy TV doc on "The Insider" stage, where Leigh dishes on the show's story lines and her upcoming pregnancy.  The 26-year-old actress, who portrays Dr. Lexie Grey, says that despite the much-publicized drama that occurred in the past on "Grey's," the set is now a "peaceful" place. She also talks about her excitement at being pregnant with her third child -- a girl -- due next month just as the show goes on hiatus. She reveals the baby's name and also talks about how now is the first time she's been pregnant and on camera at the same time. Leigh -- who previously starred in the short-lived series "Reunion" and had appeared on "That '80s Show" and "The Practice"-- jokes that she used to call herself a show-killer because she couldn't get a long-term gig. Watch the video to also hear
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'Grey's Anatomy''s Star Chyler Leigh Pregnant

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"Grey's Anatomy" star Chyler Leigh is reportedly expecting her third child. A rep for the 26-year-old actress, who plays Dr. Lexie Grey on the hit ABC medical drama, tells People magazine that she and her husband Nathan West couldn't be happier. "They are absolutely thrilled and looking forward to the new addition to their young family," the rep said. Before "Grey's Anatomy," Leigh starred in the short-lived series "Reunion" and in the past also appeared on "That '80s Show" and "The Practice." Photo: Russ Einhorn / Splash News

[Read full story on The Insider]
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Perry in Showtime Pilot

Martha Plimpton, Kiele Sanchez, Eddie Shin, Nate Torrence and Dreama Walker have joined Matthew Perry on his dark comedy Showtime pilot "The End of Steve."

The Sony TV project, penned and executive produced by Peter Tolan and Perry, stars Perry as Steve, an egomaniacal local talk show host who is on a reluctant path to redemption.

Plimpton will play he show's producer. Sanchez will play his pretty co-host, by whom he is completely entranced.

Shin ("That '80s Show") will play Bob Hu, Steve's boss. Torrence, who co-starred with Perry on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," will play Nathan, Steve's assistant. Walker ("Gossip Girl") will play the hot teen daughter of the manager of the apartment complex where Steve lives.

Tony-nomineted Plimpton next stars on stage opposite Stockard Channing in the revival of "Pal Joey." She is repped by Innovative and manager Jill Littman.

Sanchez, who recurred on "Samantha Who?
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Quintet booked for Showtime pilot

Quintet booked for Showtime pilot
Martha Plimpton, Kiele Sanchez, Eddie Shin, Nate Torrence and Dreama Walker have joined Matthew Perry on his dark comedy Showtime pilot "The End of Steve."

The Sony TV project, penned and executive produced by Peter Tolan and Perry, stars Perry as Steve, an egomaniacal local talk show host who is on a reluctant path to redemption.

Plimpton will play he show's producer. Sanchez will play his pretty co-host, by whom he is completely entranced.

Shin ("That '80s Show") will play Bob Hu, Steve's boss. Torrence, who co-starred with Perry on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," will play Nathan, Steve's assistant. Walker ("Gossip Girl") will play the hot teen daughter of the manager of the apartment complex where Steve lives.

Tony-nomineted Plimpton next stars on stage opposite Stockard Channing in the revival of "Pal Joey." She is repped by Innovative and manager Jill Littman.

Sanchez, who recurred on "Samantha Who?
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Sasha Alexander to star in 'Karenskys'

Sasha Alexander to star in 'Karenskys'
Sasha Alexander is returning to CBS.

The "NCIS" alumna has been tapped as the star of the network's multicamera comedy pilot "The Karenskys."

The project, from "Malcolm in the Middle" creator Linwood Boomer, BermanBraun and Universal Media Studios, centers on Emily Atwood (Alexander), who returns to her hometown when her husband's job relocates them and is reunited with her large, eccentric family.

Although she is comfortable with her family's intrusiveness, constant arguing and impulsive behavior, Emily is aware that her husband is far less so.

Also cast in the pilot is Tinsley Grimes as Anne-Marie Karensky, the wife of Emily's brother "Little Max" Karensky, who has given birth to seven children in six years.

Alexander played Caitlin "Kate" Todd for two years on CBS' hit crime drama "NCIS." The actress, whose upcoming features include "Yes Man," "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Play Dead," is repped by Wma and D/F Management.
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Visibility Matters: The Disappearing Lesbian on Primetime Broadcast TV

Visibility Matters is a monthly column by AfterEllen.com Founder Sarah Warn about larger trends affecting lesbian/bi women in entertainment and the media.

This weekend at the annual Women's Event fundraiser for New York's gay and lesbian center, L Word creator Ilene Chaiken said that when she launched her series six years ago, she assumed there would be plenty of other shows with prominent lesbian leads on mainstream TV by the time it ended.

But The L Word's final season begins in a few months, and not only are there no lesbian cop shows, comedies, or medical dramas on broadcast TV, there are no lesbian characters, period. At least, not on primetime broadcast television, home to America's most-watched shows.

At the turn of the century, there were several lesbian series regulars on primetime broadcast TV. In the 2004-2005 season, there were four or five. By 2006-2007, it was down to one.
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Fox inks Leigh, Polaha, Righetti to holding deals

Fox inks Leigh, Polaha, Righetti to holding deals
Fox Broadcasting Co. has inked talent holding deals with Chyler Leigh, star of the network's short-lived series That '80s Show and girls club, and with two of the stars of its 2003 crop of pilots -- Kristoffer Polaha and Amanda Righetti. The pact with Polaha, who did the network's untitled Kohn/Silverstein drama pilot from 20th Century Fox TV, is shared with the studio. It calls for Polaha, best known for playing the title role in the TBS telefilm America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, to be cast in a drama project for Fox and 20th TV targeted for fall 2004. The deals for Leigh and Righetti, star of this year's Fox drama pilot No Place Like Home, are said to be open to both comedy and drama series eyed for fall 2004. Leigh most recently co-starred on the ABC legal drama The Practice last season. Her credits also include the feature Not Another Teen Movie. Polaha is repped by the Gersh Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment. Righetti is repped by the Gersh Agency, MBST Entertainment and Colden/McKuin & Frankel.

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