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The pilot, from "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner John Ridley, is about a racially charged murder trial in California's Central Valley and its effect on those involved. Hutton, formerly of TNT's "Leverage," will play the father of the murder victim. His character is a gambling addict who has managed to turn his life around.
Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") is in talks to play Hutton's wife, and Penelope Ann Miller has signed on to play the mother of the victim's wife, who was badly beaten when her husband was killed. The cast also includes Benito Martinez ("The Shield"), W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood"), Caitlin Gerard, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral.
Other pilot casting:
Rufus Sewell is set as the male lead in ABC’s Richard Lagravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites — Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole — who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. UK-born Sewell, repped by Wme, previously headlined CBS’ drama series Eleventh Hour and recently co-starred in HBO’s Paradise’s End. He’ll next be seen in Hercules. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It isn’t news to most of us that some cable networks have a target audience, whether or not we agree that their programming actually serves that target. A case in point is Lifetime, which calls itself “female-focused” though my remote hasn’t landed on the channel in years. I’ve heard good things about Witches of East End but honestly haven’t checked it out just because it’s on that Army Wives network.
That may change, now that Lifetime is testing the waters of dystopia with its pickup of the series The Lottery. I can see how it would be considered female-skewed, given that the premise is a lottery to determine who will serve as surrogates for the 100 embryos still in existence, but I’m intrigued that they’re calling it a “conspiracy thriller.” Okay, Lifetime, you have my attention.
Lifetime Greenlights Conspiracy Thriller The Lottery Project is »
- Erin Willard
We have a Nauseatingly long time to wait until the next season of Doctor Who. Rumours say they’re starting filming this week, and we even have photographic evidence to prove it, but that’s all we know. We know a few guest stars, and a few hinted guest stars. And we know Capaldi–which puts us way ahead of where we were the last time I wrote an article like this, so bravo!
We’ve got lots of time, and nothing to do but speculate. And we’re Whovians, who are facing roughly 11 months where we get less than 3 hours of footage. So we’re going to speculate like mad. We’re going to yell at each other. We’re going to come up with convoluted theories, and then when our ideas fail to turn up on screen »
- Rebecca Kulik
Following a fraught bidding war, Fox TV ended up with the opportunity to bring Batman TV spin-off Gotham to the small screen. The Mentalist's Bruno Heller is developing and overseeing the series, and we're now approaching the point where the the pilot episode is heading into production. Danny Cannon is now set to be the man rolling the cameras.Cannon is no stranger to comic book properties, having been the man behind the Stallone version of Judge Dredd in 1995. He's rather reinvented himself since, however, dusting himself off from that disappointment, and from the ignominy of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer four years later, and emerging as a force in television.Most significantly, he's maintained a long association with the various CSI series, acting as executive producer across CSI, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, and as director of several episodes, including the original pilot back in »
5 items from 2014
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