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Scoop: Covert Affairs Adds CSI: NY's Hill Harper as Series Regular

Scoop: Covert Affairs Adds CSI: NY's Hill Harper as Series Regular
Exiting CSI: NY original cast member Hill Harper is spying a new gig — as an ambitious CIA honcho on Covert Affairs.

TVLine has learned that Harper is joining the USA Network drama for Season 4 in the series regular role of an intelligent, charismatic and slightly cocky CIA station chief based in Latin America who plots his way into a bigger position in D.C.

In his quest for greater power, Harper’s character will attempt to make Annie and Auggie his allies, though his actions will cause the pair to question his intentions.

Update: Per our sister site Deadline, Harper
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Hill Harper Meets Challenges on Screen and in Print

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The third time was the charm for Hill Harper. After appearing in two short-lived CBS series, "City of Angels" and "The Handler," he landed the role of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the network's popular "CSI: NY." In addition to returning for his eighth season of forensics, Harper is looking forward to the release of his fourth book, "The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place."His journey to an acting career wasn't a straight path, but Harper believes in learning and expanding one's knowledge, so he values all his education. "I studied theater in college, and I absolutely knew that I loved acting and I knew that I loved theater," he says. But he didn't know anyone in the entertainment industry, so he didn't know how to turn that love into a career. He loved education as well, so he continued his studies, eventually earning his law degree from Harvard and.
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Review – NCIS: Los Angeles, The First Season

It’s a spinoff of a spinoff! NCIS: Los Angeles, the spinoff of the ever-popular NCIS, which is in itself a spinoff of the long-running Jag, hit DVD at the end of August. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, we have the breakdown for you here!

The Show

I’m sort of a probie to the Jag/NCIS universe. I only watched Jag when Steven Culp was making appearances as CIA agent Clayton Webb, and while I’ve seen my fair share of NCIS thanks to a crush on Mark Harmon, I’m not a truly regular viewer. When I heard that there was an NCIS spinoff, I went, “Really?” (I think I would’ve been even less impressed if it had debuted after we’d heard of Dick Wolf’s plans for Law & Order: Los Angeles.) However, I’ve liked Chris O’Donnell’s work since Batman Forever,
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Canadian dramas get Hollywood leg-up

Canadian dramas get Hollywood leg-up
Toronto -- Credit Los Angeles agents and distributors with the heavy lifting behind recent U.S. network deals for Canadian series like CBS' "Flashpoint" and NBC's "Howie Do It."

"All roads lead through Hollywood, whether it's for packaging, financing, distribution, and everyone needs an advocate physically based in Hollywood," says agent Charles Lenhoff at Lenhoff & Lenhoff, who has represented Canadian A-listers on his roster since the 1980s.

Much as last year's Hollywood writers strike opened a door into U.S. primetime for series from the Great White North, Canadian producers have relied on Los Angeles handlers to keep their foot in the door at the studios.

Sure, the creative for upcoming series like NBC's "The Listener" and CBS' "The Bridge" was spawned in Canada, and that's where the recognizably Canadian series get made with tax credits and other local incentives.

But it's local agents and distributors that have helped guide
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Banff gains steam with more deals

Banff gains steam with more deals
BANFF, Alberta -- Midway through the Banff World Television Festival, business is as brisk as the Rocky Mountain air as broadcasters and producers busily set about shifting what was once a low-key TV fest into a bustling business bazaar. Venice, Calif.-based TV distributor Program Partners Inc. inked a deal to acquire worldwide rights to Intelligence, a procedural crime drama from Vancouver-based producer Chris Haddock (The Handler). The deal with series producer Thunderbird Films will see Intelligence, already set to air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. early next year, distributed in the U.S. market. Earlier, Program Partners acquired the worldwide rights to Thunderbird dramas including Da Vinci's Inquest, Cold Squad and Stone Undercover.

Duo climbing the ranks at Viacom Prods.

Viacom Prods. has promoted Susan Edelist to senior vp business affairs and named Pamela Soper vp creative affairs. In her new position, Edelist will oversee business affairs activities for television series and movies. She will continue to report to Viacom Prods. president Perry Simon. Soper will oversee current series for the company, including Ed, The Handler Jake 2.0 and The Division, as well as work on select development projects. She will report to executive vp creative affairs Steve Gordon. "With these appointments, we are able to recognize Susan's and Pamela's outstanding achievements," Simon said. Edelist joined Viacom Prods. in April 2002 from sister company Big Ticket TV, where she was vp business affairs. Soper first joined Viacom Prods. as an intern and was hired full time upon graduation, working her way up to manager of creative affairs. After a four-year stint as director of development for Silver Pictures, Soper returned to Viacom Prods. in 1999 as a creative affairs consultant.

The Vine: Dawn of the dead on 'Sopranos'

The whacked may strike back in the upcoming season of The Sopranos. Sources said that some of the characters killed in the HBO mob drama's first four seasons will resurface in an episode of the series next year. Vincent Pastore (aka Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero), David Proval (Richie Aprile), John Heard (Detective Vin Makazian), Al Sapienza (Mikey Palmice), Dan Grimaldi (Philly "Spoons" Parisi) and Jason Cerbone (Jackie Aprile Jr.) are said to be on board for the episode. Sources said Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Cifaretto), who just earned an Emmy for his work on Sopranos, also is expected to appear as a deal is being worked out to accommodate the shooting schedule of Pantoliano's new CBS drama The Handler. It's unclear just how these characters will be brought back to life, but sources said the episode is believed to involve a dreamlike sequence. Reps for all the actors declined comment Tuesday. A spokeswoman for HBO said the network does not comment on upcoming story lines.

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