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Joanna Garcia Joins Justin Kirk’s NBC Comedy

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Joanna Garcia Joins Justin Kirk’s NBC Comedy
Joanna Garcia has joined the cast of Animal Practice, NBC's upcoming vet-set single-camera comedy that stars Justin Kirk and a monkey. You know, that one. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Garcia will replace Amy Huberman, one of NBC's many abrasive blonds of pilot season. Garcia's had a string of one-season shows — Welcome to the Captain, Privileged, Better With You — and her most recent pilot, Oh Fuck, It's You, didn't get picked up. Somewhere, Paula Marshall is passing a torch.
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CBS Greenlights Nick Stoller Comedy Pilot

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CBS has given the pilot green light to a comedy from feature writer-director Nick Stoller (The Muppets), Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. Stoller wrote and will direct the untitled project loosely based on his real-life experiences. It is a twenty-something ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her at an ad agency. Stoller, Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin are executive producing. This is a rare venturing into single-camera comedy for CBS, which has built its comedy success on multi-camera sitcoms. Its very few single-camera series, including Worst Week and Welcome To The Captain, have fizzled. UTA-repped Stoller, who started off on Undeclared, is a frequent collaborator with Jason Segel, star of CBS’ long-running comedy How I Met Your Mother. The two co-wrote The Muppets, and Stoller directed the Segel-penned Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This
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Exclusive: CSI: Miami Casts Iconic Sex Symbol Raquel Welch In a Mother of a Role

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Exclusive: CSI: Miami Casts Iconic Sex Symbol Raquel Welch In a Mother of a Role
CSI: Miami baddie Diego Navarro comes from very, very good stock — in that his mother is Raquel Welch.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress and 1960s/70s sex symbol will guest-star on CBS’ Sunday night crime drama as the matriarch of the very powerful Miami family from which Carlos Bernard’s character and thus his son Esteban (Kuno Becker) aka “The Miami Taunter” hail.

CSI Taps Elisabeth Shue to Replace Marg Helgenberger

Welch’s episode is set to air in early 2012, following a guest appearance by another iconic bombshell, 10‘s Bo Derek (playing the owner of a horse stable,
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'King of the Hill' writers for ABC sitcom

'King of the Hill' writers for ABC sitcom
ABC is reportedly developing a new comedy project with former King of the Hill writers Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May. New York Magazine reports that the pair are writing a half-hour sitcom for stand-up comic Al Madrigal. Madrigal previously played Dennis Lopez on CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried and also appeared in short-lived CBS comedy Welcome to the Captain. The as-yet-untitled show will focus (more)
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Fox Picks Up John Hamburg Comedy

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It will go down in the annals of TV Selling Season 2010 as the project that was pitched and sold over the phone. Fox has closed a deal for a single-camera comedy from Meet the Parents writer John Hamburg. The untitled project, which Hamburg co-created and will co-write with Ian Helfer, is about a father and son, both recently divorced, who become roommates and explore the dating world together. It hails from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment. It stems from a blind script deal Hamburg signed with the 20th TV in August. Hamburg, Helfer, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are all executive producing. Hamburg, who co-wrote all 3 films in the Meet the Parents franchise, has been so busy working on the upcoming third installment, Little Fockers, in New York that he couldn't fly in for pitch meetings with the networks. He ended up pitching the project over the
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John Hamburg In TV Development At 20th

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John Hamburg, who co-wrote all 3 films in the Meet the Parents franchise, has signed a blind script deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop a comedy series project targeted for the 2011-12 season. On the film side, Hamburg also wrote and directed I Love You, Man (co-penned with Larry Levin) and Along Came Polly. In TV, he previously created, executive produced and directed the short-lived CBS comedy series Welcome to the Captain and helmed 3 episodes for the cult Fox comedy Undeclared.
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Nets swing, miss in midseason

cripted TV hits are slowly coming back from their strike-imposed hiatuses. The return couldn't have come soon enough for the broadcast networks, which have struggled with the launch of 10 new comedies and dramas during the past three months.

From NBC's "quarterlife" to Fox's Canterbury's Law, the midseason battleground this year is strewn with programming casualties.

Midseason often is reserved for rolling out questionable shows that didn't make the networks' cut for fall. (though Fox has regularly held off promising new entries to launch around midseason heavyweights American Idol and "24"). Yet at least a couple of shows typically find an audience. ABC's Grey's Anatomy and CBS' Rules of Engagement, The Unit, Numbers and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" are examples of successful midseason debuts from yesteryear.

But with the networks' scripted mainstays sidelined by the strike, often replaced by reality fare, midseaosn 2008 was far from typical.

"You want to launch midseason shows from other scripted shows," ABC exec vp scheduling Jeff Bader said. " 'Eli Stone' had 'Lost' as a lead-in and has done better than most, but other than that, shows were launching out of reality. That said, I don't know if this year is any worse than other years."

This season, the midseason scripted batting average has been modest: CBS took one bite at the apple with the February comedy Welcome to the Captain. Airing amid repeats of its Monday night comedy block, Captain was sunk after five episodes.

Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' gets more cast

Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' gets more cast
"Battlestar Galactica" co-star Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz ("Welcome to the Captain"), Australian Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj have moved into Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse".

The four join Eliza Dushku on the 20th Century Fox TV-produced drama, which received a seven-episode order shortly before the strike.

"Dollhouse" revolves around a group of young men and women, aka "Dolls",   who are imprinted with different personalities for different assignments. They have no memories of their previous lives, until Echo (Dushku) begins to try to find out who she was.

Penikett will play Paul Smith, an FBI field agent obsessed with the urban myth of Dollhouse and a twisted romantic foil for Echo.

Kranz will play Topher Brink, a twentysomething genius programmer responsible for imprinting the dolls.

Lachman will play Sierra, a doll like Echo and her friend, who has every personality in the world but her own.

Gjokaj will play Victor, also a doll and a friend of Echo's, who is childlike when he's inactive, and everything from Errol Flynn to young DeNiro when he's active.

CBS picks up 'Captain' comedy

CBS has picked up single-camera comedy pilot The Captain to series with a six-episode midseason order.

Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen have come on board the series as executive producers alongside creator John Hamburg.

The project, from CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on a young writer (Fran Kranz) whose life changes when he moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment building.

Co-starring on the show are Jeffrey Tambor, Raquel Welch, Chris Klein, Joanna Garcia, Al Madrigal and Valerie Azlynn.

CBS fall sked includes five series freshmen

NEW YORK -- CBS is rolling the dice on a casino-based musical and several other unconventional series the network unveiled Wednesday, with the intent to shake up the network's stodgy sensibility.

Viva Laughlin, a drama that features gamblers belting out pop tunes, is just one example of how CBS wants to draw outside the chalk lines of a schedule already stocked with crime procedurals, albeit shows comprising the industry's most stable lineup. Other edgy dramas come in the form of Cane, a Scarface-esque epic starring Jimmy Smits, and Moonlight, a Joel Silver production featuring a lovelorn vampire detective.

"Our strong, solid schedule allows us to push the envelope next fall," CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves said at the opening of the network's upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall.

The entire presentation was a relatively slim 75 minutes, with none of the elaborately pretaped skits Madison Avenue has come to expect from CBS.

Some comic relief came from customized video snippets featuring the melodramatic line readings of CSI: Miami star David Caruso. He set up scheduling announcements with howlers like, "Monday's so bright you gotta wear shades," before walking out onstage, joining CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.

Five new series -- four dramas and one comedy -- will join CBS' schedule in the fall, with at least two more slated for midseason.

Like NBC, CBS opted not to open a second comedy night, adding its sole new half-hour series, The Big Bang Theory, to the network's established comedy block at 8:30 p.m. Monday, sandwiched between How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. However, the network is still considering single-camera pilots I'm in Hell and The Captain for midseason.

The most-talked-about CBS program next season might come on the unscripted side: Kid Nation, a new franchise in which 40 children spend 40 days without their parents trying to organize their own society in an abandoned ghost town. The series is being slotted in the 8 p.m. Wednesday slot left open by Jericho, a first-year drama CBS has opted not to bring back.

An even more provocative series is being held over for midseason: Swingtown, a 1970s-era drama originally intended for cable that will depict swinging couples.

CBS making some noise

CBS is swinging for the fences on the drama side and staying close to tradition on the comedy side.

On Monday, the network picked up four drama pilots to series: the musical mystery Viva Laughlin, the partner-swapping period drama Swingtown, the vampire crime drama Moonlight and the Latin family drama Cane.

On the comedy side, the network gave the green light to The Big Bang Theory, a multicamera comedy from Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre.

Additionally, CBS ordered to series Power of 10, a game show pilot from producer Michael Davies.

CBS also is close to picking up to series two single-camera comedy pilots: I'm in Hell, starring Jason Biggs, and ensemble The Captain.

On the returning front, CBS is close to bringing back the freshman comedy Rules of Engagement and the sophomore sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Christine, which saw its ratings soften when it was moved from 9:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, is rumored to get a 13-episode midseason order.

Also in negotiations to return for a third season is military drama The Unit. The renewal of CBS' other two sophomore dramas, Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds, is considered a sure thing.

'CSI' actress nabs ABC pilot lead

'CSI' actress nabs ABC pilot lead
Louise Lombard has landed the title role in ABC's drama pilot "Judy's Got a Gun".

Additionally, Sarah Clarke has been cast in NBC's untitled Shore/Blake drama pilot, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras has been added to ABC's drama pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", Lucy Lawless has been tapped for one of the leads in ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives", Miriam Shor has joined CBS' drama pilot "Swingtown", and Fran Kranz has landed the lead in CBS' ensemble comedy pilot "The Captain".

"Judy", from Touchstone TV, centers on Judy (Lombard), a suburban woman who balances being a single mother with being a detective investigating bizarre suburban crimes. Lombard, who co-stars on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", is repped by Paradigm and Nine Yards Entertainment.

The untitled Shore/Blake project, from NBC Universal TV Studio, is a light ensemble drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop (Famke Janssen). Clarke will play her younger sister and best friend who sometimes gives her advice about cases. Clarke (Gersh, Levine Management) is best known for her role as Nina Myers on Fox's "24."

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