1-800-Missing (2003) - News Poster

(2003–2006)

News

Elisha Cuthbert returns to TV

Elisha Cuthbert returns to TV
Elisha Cuthbert is returning to television as the female lead in CBS' one-hour pilot Ny-Lon.

Also cast in the ABC Studios-produced adaptation of the British series are Caterina Scorsone and Johnny Whitworth.

Additionally, Rachel Boston has landed a role on another CBS drama pilot, Mythological Ex.

Ny-Lon centers on Edie (Cuthbert), a New York literacy teacher/record store clerk, and Michael, a London stock broker, who embark on a cross-continental romance.

Scorsone (1-800-Missing) will play Edie's roommate, a slutty, bohemian rocker. Whitworth (CSI: Miami) will play Edie's rocker ex-boyfriend.

After her breakthrough role on Fox's "24," Cuthbert had focused on movies. Her upcoming features include My Sassy Girl and The Six Lives of Henry Lefay. Cuthbert is repped by Gersh and manager John Carrabino.

Scorsone is repped by Innovative and Open Entertainment. Whitworth is repped by TalentWorks and Artistry Entertainment.

The 20th Century Fox TV-produced Mythological is based on the Israeli series about a woman who, after learning from a psychic that she already has dated the man she's supposed to marry, revisits all her past relationships.

Lifetime won't pick up 'Missing'

Lifetime won't pick up 'Missing'
Lifetime Television has decided not to pick up its one-hour drama series Missing for a fourth season. In a statement, Lifetime praised the cast and crew, including executive producer Debra Martin Chase. "While this series ran its course, we look forward to new programs rolling out on the network over the next couple of months," Lifetime said. Upcoming programming includes drama series Angela's Eyes, from NBC Universal Television Studio, and improvisational comedy Lovespring International, from Missing producer Lionsgate. In its third season, Missing averaged a 1.9 rating in households, a 1.3 in women 18-49 and a 1.0 in women 18-34. The show stars Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone and Mark Consuelos as a special FBI team who locate missing victims using unorthodox methods.

Bolten handed Kabel 1 reins

COLOGNE, Germany -- German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 might be in the midst of takeover turmoil, but at channel subsidiary Kabel 1 it's business as usual. On Tuesday, the Munich-based network named Guido Bolten its new managing director, replacing Andreas Bartl, who left in December to head flagship channel Pro7 (HR 12/9). Bolten is currently head of information and magazine programming at Pro7. He takes over at Kabel 1 at a time when the cable channel is enjoying an unprecedented ratings boom. Last year, thanks to crime shows like Cold Case, Without A Trace and Missing, Kabel 1's market share reached a record 5.5%.

Touchstone, Whitley ink talent deal

Touchstone, Whitley ink talent deal
Actress Kym Whitley has signed a one-year talent holding deal with Touchstone Television. Whitley worked with Touchstone on The Catch, a pilot for ABC from J.J. Abrams. She also is shooting an episode of Touchstone's Grey's Anatomy, which airs on ABC. Whitley, who also is a stand-up comic, appeared as a hooker in an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her TV credits include Disney Channel's That's So Raven, Lifetime's Missing and UPN's Girlfriends.

Lifetime finds more 'Missing'

Lifetime finds more 'Missing'
Lifetime Television has ordered an additional six episodes of its Sunday night drama series Missing, which stars Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone, Mark Consuelos and Justin Louis as FBI agents. This brings the full-season order to 19 episodes for the series, which is in its third season. Lifetime said it made the decision based on viewership gains, including a 20% increase in total viewers compared with Season 2 (2.4 million vs. 2 million). Missing, which airs at 10 p.m. Sundays, is produced by Lions Gate Television Corp. and Maple Pictures in association with CHUM Television.

Lifetime exec vp Fisher plans exit

Lifetime exec vp Fisher plans exit
Barbara Fisher is poised to exit her post at Lifetime Entertainment after two years as executive vp and head of programming. Lifetime officials confirmed Thursday that Fisher will depart the female-targeted cable network in June after her current contract expires this month. No immediate successor was named for Fisher, who reported to Lifetime president Carole Black. "We thank Barbara for all her contributions and wish her the very best," a Lifetime spokesman said. Fisher joined Lifetime in June 2002 after a 15-year run at Universal Television, where she served a long stint as head of the studio's movies and miniseries department. Lifetime ranks among basic cable's most popular channels, but the network has not had much traction with original series fielded during Fisher's tenure, including dramas I-800-MISSING and Wild Card. "I have enjoyed working with this group of outstanding professionals, and I look forward to the next chapter in my career," Fisher said.

Fox inks pact at Lions Gate, goes 'MISSING'

Fox inks pact at Lions Gate, goes 'MISSING'
Vivica A. Fox has inked a TV and feature film deal with Lions Gate Entertainment. Under the pact, Fox will be the new star of the company's Lifetime series 1-800-MISSING and will develop, produce and star in low-budget movies. With Fox on board, Lifetime has renewed 1-800-MISSING for a second season. The show, based on the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU novels, centers on a FBI investigator who has enlisted a young woman (Caterina Scorsone) with telepathic abilities to help her locate missing persons. Fox will play a new hard-nosed FBI agent who teams up with the psychic girl.

Lifetime plays 'Card' hand

Lifetime will deal a second season of Wild Card, one of two drama series in the femme-targeted network's primetime Saturday block. Starring Joely Fisher, Card will return to its 9 p.m. time slot this summer, where it averaged over 2.1 million total viewers--on par with the two-hour movie block it replaced. Lifetime ordered 18 episodes. "We are extremely excited to bring back 'Wild Card' as part of our Saturday night line-up," said Barbara Fisher, executive VP, entertainment. "Our viewers have told us that they connect and respond to these very identifiable characters by coming back each and every Saturday." Still to be determined is the fate of 10 p.m. drama 1-800-Missing, which debuted alongside Card last year. Card is a produced by Busiek Prods. with Fireworks Entertainment. Doug Steinberg (Boston Public) is executive producer and Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick (That's Life) are co-creators.

Lions Gate TV pilots 4 series to b'cast nets

Lions Gate TV pilots 4 series to b'cast nets
Lions Gate Television is looking to make inroads into the broadcast network business as it continues its expansion into cable. The production company announced at a press conference Wednesday four new hourlong pilots for Fox, WB and UPN, in addition to several new projects set to go into production at Lifetime, ABC Family and Sci Fi Channel. Successes with returning series, including Lifetime's 1-800 Missing and USA's The Dead Zone, have emboldened Lions Gate to try its hand at broadcast primetime, but only to pursue low-cost projects on par with its cable deals.

Lifetime looks to be wild card on Saturdays

Lifetime looks to be wild card on Saturdays
NEW YORK -- Before it began its second life as a syndicated strip on Lifetime, NBC's Golden Girls earned a distinction only a select group of TV series can claim: It survived a Saturday primetime slot, a daypart that strikes fear in the hearts of programmers everywhere. Now Lifetime is hoping lightning will strike again on Saturday for its new original dramas beginning this weekend, Wild Card and 1-800-MISSING. Citing Saturday-bred hits like The Love Boat and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Lifetime senior vp research Tim Brooks believes the accursed night is not a wasteland but a fallow field awaiting another Golden opportunity. "There's a kind of lore in the business that Saturday is not a good time to put programming on," he said. "That's exactly why it's such an attractive night -- because so many other networks stay away from it."

See also

External Sites