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The project, tentatively titled "The Verdict", centers on the "crime of the century" trial of a female celebrity who has been accused of having her lover murdered. It's being produced by Lionsgate.
"Verdict" is set to start shooting in November in Philadelphia.
Maas also is executive producing Lifetime's upcoming original movie "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet" and wrote the teleplay for the TBS movie "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story."
In other cable pilot castings, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge have come aboard TNT's drama Leverage, while Anthony Carrigan and Amber Benson have landed roles in Lifetime's drama Long Island Confidential.
In Samurai Girl, Chung will play Heaven, a teenage girl who straddles the worlds of her life as the adoptive daughter of a wealthy family and the ancient Samurai traditions of her blood ancestors. The drama, from ABC Studios and Alloy Entertainment, is based on the first novel in the young-adult series of the same name.
Chung is repped by Gersh and Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins Entertainment.
Leverage centers on Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton), a former investigator for big insurance companies who -- with the help of a team of the world's best thieves and experts in Internet and computer fraud, item retrieval and other nefarious skills -- stands up for the little guy and goes after the richest and greediest. »
The two put the adaptation of the hit Australian comedy on the fast track shortly after they joined NBC in June as co-chairman and executive vp, respectively.
They commissioned a new script by Michelle Nader in July, which got a thumbs-up and now will be filmed.
Kath centers on a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. Shannon will play the mother; the role of the daughter is yet to be cast.
Casting the title characters has been considered crucial to the success of the show. When the project was first picked up to pilot by NBC in January, it was pushed to summer because of difficulties casting the leads.
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