(2007 TV Movie)


Wersching facing off with Bauer

Wersching facing off with Bauer
After a lengthy search, General Hospital star Annie Wersching has landed the major new female lead opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the next season of Fox's 24.

Additionally, Bob Gunton is in negotiations to join the show as a regular next season when the action in the real-life thriller moves to Washington.

On "24," from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television, Wersching will play an FBI agent who is in an adversarial relationship with Jack Bauer (Sutherland).

Gunton, who guest-starred on three episodes of "24" last season as Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin, will reprise his role, now chief of staff for the new president (Cherry Jones).

In addition to Wersching and Gunton, the upcoming seventh season of "24," which begins production Tuesday, will feature several other major new additions: previously cast Jones, Janeane Garofalo, Colm Feore and Jeffrey Nordling.

Wersching, who co-starred on the Fox/20th TV drama pilot Company Man this past development season, is repped by SMS Talent.

Gunton, who recurred on ABC's Desperate Housewives and FX's Nip/Tuck, is filming a World War II miniseries for the BBC.

Moyer, HBO make 'Blood' pact

Moyer, HBO make 'Blood' pact
Stephen Moyer has landed the male lead opposite Anna Paquin in True Blood, Alan Ball's drama pilot for HBO.

Brook Kerr also has been cast in the project, which Ball wrote and is set to direct and executive produce.

Based on the Southern Vampire book series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood takes place in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. Their integration into a small Louisiana town causes quite a stir, and a love story ensues between Bull Comton (Moyer), a vampire, and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), an innocent waitress who can read people's minds.

Kerr will play a beautiful, smart, articulate young woman who takes a job in the bar with Sookie.

This pilot season, English-born Moyer was cast as the lead in Fox's drama pilot Company Man. The role was recast after the character was taken in a different direction.

Moyer, who recently wrapped the USA miniseries Starter Wife, is repped by Peter, Fraser and Dunlop in London and Roklin Management in Los Angeles.

Brown in good 'Company'

Brown in good 'Company'
Sarah Brown is set to co-star in Fox's drama pilot Company Man, Timm Sharp has been tapped to co-star opposite Jason Biggs in CBS' comedy pilot I'm in Hell, Ian Gomez has joined Fox's comedy pilot The Beast, and child actor Nathan Gamble has landed the lead in Fox's untitled Victor Fresco comedy pilot.

Man, from 20th TV and Real Time Prods., centers on a family man (Jason Behr) who winds up recruited by the NSA as a spy within the defense contracting company he works for. Brown will play the man's co-worker.

Brown, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner for her role on General Hospital, had a recurring role on CBS' Cold Case. She is repped by the Gersh Agency and McKeon Myones Management.

Hell, from CBS Par TV, centers on a dead Wall Street player (Biggs) who is reassigned to hell on Earth. Sharp will play his "roommate from hell," a slovenly, disreputable guy.

Sharp (UTA, Robert Stein Management) recently did a two-episode arc on Fox's 'Til Death.

Beast, from CBS Par TV and FremantleMedia, centers on a womanizing veterinarian (Steve Howey).

Lee among helmer recruits

NBC has tapped Spike Lee to direct its drama pilot M.O.N.Y. and Gary Winick to helm another one-hour pilot, the dramedy Lipstick Jungle.

Meanwhile, ABC has signed Peyton Reed to direct Cashmere Mafia, and Fox has recruited P.J. Hogan for Philadelphia General.

Other notable directors who have come aboard pilots include Emmy winner Todd Holland on the CBS comedy Fugly, Emmy winner Jon Cassar on the Fox drama NSA Innocent, Alex Graves on the NBC drama Journeyman and Ian Toynton on Fox's comedic drama Supreme Courtships.

M.O.N.Y., from NBC Universal TV Studio and writer-producers Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, centers on an unlikely everyman who becomes the mayor of New York. The project, set and to be filmed in New York, is considered a great fit for Lee, one of the quintessential New York directors. His attachment to the project stems from his development deal with NBC earlier this year. He is repped by WMA.

Winick, who has directed such movies as 13 Going on 30 and last year's Charlotte's Web, will tackle NBC Universal TV Studio's Lipstick, about a trio of power-hungry New York women.

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