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Networks Fine Tune Second Half of Season

3 December 2008 4:09 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As November sweeps end and the holiday lull sets in, the networks have begun modifying their line-ups for the second half of the season.


Nathan Fillion’s Castle will arrive on March 9 with his crime novelist character coming to the aid of Manhattan’s finest when a copycat uses his novels as inspiration. It’ll lead into the spring season of Dancing with the Stars meaning it will be heavily promoted and sampled.

The revamp of Rob ThomasCupid arrives March 24 with Bobby Cannavale and The Spirit’s Sarah Paulson in the leads.

Meantime, Life on Mars takes over the Wednesday at 10 spot as previously reported but when its season ends; it will be replaced with The Unusuals as of April 8. The crime series stars Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) as a cop in the homicide division.


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- Robert Greenberger

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ABC Cuts Orders of Two Midseason Shows

6 November 2008 9:21 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

ABC has cut orders on two midseason drama series, The Castle and The Unusuals.

Castle, which centers around a horror novelist who helps solve crimes with NYPD, has now gone from a 13 episode order to 10. The show stars Desperate Housewives' Nathan Fillion.

Meanwhile, ABC's partner studio Sony has asked for the same cutbacks for The Unusuals, which is an NYPD ensemble dramedy starring Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The bad news keeps on coming for the Alphabet network: The episode reductions came »

- Erin Fox

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ABC reduces orders for two series

6 November 2008 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC is looking to reduce the order on two of its midseason drama series, "Castle" and "The Unusuals."

The network has cut the order for "Castle," which hails from its sister studio, from 13 to 10.

It also has approached Sony TV, producer of "The Unusuals," for the same type of episode cutback.

"Castle" stars Nathan Fillion as a horror novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes.

"The Unusuals" is an ensemble dramedy set in a New York police precinct co-starring Amber Tamblyn.

The order reductions came the same day ABC pulled the plug on midseason comedy series "Single With Parents."

Sources close to the network stress that the cutbacks are not for creative but for inventory reasons, as ABC has "Lost" as well as six new scripted series launching in midseason, "Castle," "Unusuals," hourlong "Cupid" and comedies "In the Motherhood," "Better Off Ted" and "The Goode Family." They could be joined »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Harold Perrineau to Produce 'Case 219'

24 October 2008 7:53 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Harold Perrineau is safely off the island and away from Lost so has signed to executive produce and star in a drama Case 219. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the independent production will be based on Walter Dean Myers’ Shooter. The trade says the 2005 novel “centers on the aftermath of a high school shooting from the perspective of three misfit teens.”

The cast will include Evan Ross, Leven Rambin and Taylor Nichols, and most likely Leslie Hope.

Since completing his role on the ABC hit series, he has completed similar duties on The Killing Jar, costarring with Michael Madsen.  As an actor, he will next be seen in ABC;’s forthcoming The Unusuals.

Myers is a well regarded young adult author of fiction and on-fiction titles.  His Fallen Angels made the American Library Association's list of frequently challenged books, due to rough language and its depiction of the Vietnam War. He released a sequel, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Harold Perrineau is on the 'Case'

23 October 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Former "Lost" castaway Harold Perrineau is coming aboard to executive produce and star in the indie drama "Case 219."

The film is based on the novel "Shooter" by award-winning children's book author Walter Dean Myers and centers on the aftermath of a high school shooting from the perspective of three misfit teens.

Christian Faber is producing.

Perrineau joins a supporting cast that includes Evan Ross, Leven Rambin and Taylor Nichols. Leslie Hope is in negotiations.

He recently wrapped up starring in and executive producing the indie film "The Killing Jar" with Michael Madsen and next appears in the upcoming ABC drama "The Unusuals."

Perrineau is repped by Apa. Ross and Hope are repped by Icm. Rambin is repped by Endeavor and Talent Works reps Nichols. »

- By Leslie Simmons

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On the Verge

23 October 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Noah Emmerich makes a terrific sidekick. He has played Jim Carrey's devious cohort (The Truman Show), Jim Caviezel's understanding best friend (Frequency), and Kurt Russell's kindhearted assistant (Miracle). But in Pride and Glory, opening next week, Emmerich is nobody's buddy. In the film's tight-knit family of New York City cops — with the patriarch played by Oscar winner Jon Voight, his son-in-law by Colin Farrell, and his youngest son by Edward Norton — Emmerich is Francis Jr., the eldest son, caught in a web of police corruption. It's a plum role, and even Emmerich couldn't believe it when writer-director Gavin O'Connor offered it to him, despite his having appeared in both of the filmmaker's previous movies, Tumbleweeds and Miracle. "I read the script and was like, 'Oh my God, this is a starring role,'" Emmerich recalls. "I asked him, 'Are you sure you want me for this?' »

- Jenelle Riley

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'Unusuals' books a showrunner

8 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bob DeLaurentis has joined ABC's new series "The Unusuals" as showrunner alongside creator Noah Hawley.

The duo will serve as showrunner/exec producers on the series from Sony Pictures TV. The ensemble dramedy, set in a New York police precinct, co-stars Amber Tamblyn, Jeremy Renner, Terry Kinney, Harold Perrineau and Adam Goldberg.

"Unusuals," which was given a series pickup last month, marks Hawley's first show as a creator.

DeLaurentis' credits include serving as exec producer on Fox's "The O.C." and executive producer/showrunner on NBC's "Providence." He is repped by Endeavor. »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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Harold Perrineau bottles up 'Jar'

8 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Harold Perrineau is being held hostage for his next big-screen role.

The former "Lost" star has joined the cast of the indie thriller "Killing Jar," with Michael Madsen and Danny Trejo.

Perrineau also is executive producing the Morningstar Films project, with the indie company's John Sachar producing. Filming started during the weekend in North Carolina.

Mark Young ("Tooth and Nail") is directing a script he penned about a stranger armed with a shotgun who takes seven patrons hostage at a remote roadside diner. As the body count rises, the survivors discover that one of the hostages might be more dangerous than their captor.

Perrineau, who is repped by Apa, plays one of the hostages, a traveling salesman named John.

The actor recently appeared in the one-hour ABC drama "The Unusuals," which was picked up by the network for midseason. His film credits include "The Matrix," "28 Weeks Later" and "Romeo + Juliet. »

- By Leslie Simmons

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Q&A: Peter Tolan

8 July 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Peter Tolan has applied his sardonic touch to "The Job" and "Rescue Me," the darkly comic TV shows he co-created with Denis Leary. Now, Tolan has a trio of new projects brewing: the ABC pilot "The Unusuals," which he is executive producing; the Showtime pilot "The End of Steve," which he is co-writing with Matthew Perry; and his semi-autobiographical directorial debut, "Finding Amanda," which hit theaters last Friday.

The Hollywood Reporter: "Finding Amanda" is a movie about a former alcoholic and drug dabbler who burns much of the money he earns as a television writer-producer on the races -- would it be misleading if they re-titled it "The Peter Tolan Story?"

Peter Tolan: [laughs] The original character name was Taylor Peters, and I ended up changing it to Taylor Mendon because I thought, 'I'm being a little obvious here.' I have been known to gamble in my day. I'm not a drinker, and I've never really taken drugs, but I wanted to make myself appear a little sexier.

Thr: What about the nature of the niece character, Amanda, who is making a living in Vegas as a 20-year-old prostitute? Is that pulled from your actual experience?

Tolan: My wife did get a call a couple of years ago from a family friend who had a child who was in trouble in Vegas. And in that moment of my wife saying, "Maybe Peter can go to Vegas and try to help out," I thought, 'Hey great, I get to go to Vegas.' In that moment, I thought, 'You are just a complete sick bastard.' That's how far into my own head I was with the gambling. In the next instant I thought, 'Well, that's a movie -- a guy who's that messed up.'

Thr: In what ways was finally directing your own material a more pleasurable Hollywood experience after all of the hired-hand rewrite jobs you've done?

Tolan: You don't control your studio work. You get rewritten, and you're not there saying, "Boy, I would do it this way... ." Nobody really wants to hear that. As a result, things go out with your name on it, and I think after a while people go, "Oh, he writes that." So I felt like I really had to make a movie and re-establish -- as the kids would say today -- my street cred, in terms of who I was in features. And I was completely energized by it like I hadn't been in years.

Thr: Does it feel as if you're at a turning point in your career?

Tolan: I would like there to be a new stage. I'm actually doing well writing these days. I'm going through a fertile period. And I feel good about my writing -- where I get into situations and I go, 'I know how to fix that.' As a result, I'm five seasons in on "Rescue Me," and this fifth season we're just on fire. The first six episodes are some of the best stuff we've ever done.

Thr: Do you feel like it's trending upward or downward in terms of the mechanics of getting good shows on the air and having control?

Tolan: Well, if you work in cable, it's fantastic. But the networks have gotten a lot more restrictive. And there are much fewer hours available for scripted programming. So the odds of getting on the air and staying there are much worse than they used to be. It's a real battleground.

Thr: Do you think it ultimately balances out?

Tolan: Yeah, cable has taken the mantle of that, especially in drama. Or drama of note. And I guess this is what the networks were meant to be -- they're meant to be all things to all men. Which was a great model that worked when there were three networks. Now it's just not possible anymore, and they're clinging to that idea. So you get very accessible programming that doesn't challenge too much. If you want to be challenged as a writer or as a viewer, you go to cable. »

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Threesome enroll for 'Norman' drama

23 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Emily VanCamp, Dan Byrd and Adam Goldberg are starring in the indie coming-of-age drama Norman.

Byrd plays the title character, a darkly comic teen who deals with his problems by pretending to be dying of cancer. The lie complicates relationships between him and his new high school girlfriend (VanCamp) and between him and his teacher (Goldberg).

Jonathan Segal is directing the feature, which is shooting in Spokane, Wash. Dan Keston and Segal are producing.

VanCamp (ABC's Brothers and Sisters) will star opposite Chris Pine in the upcoming thriller Carriers. She is repped by ICM and Thruline Entertainment. Byrd, star of the CW's Aliens in America, is repped by Innovative and Artistry Entertainment. Goldberg, soon to be seen in the ABC series The Unusuals, is repped by ICM and Luber/Roklin Management.

Gregg Goldstein reported from New York; Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles. »

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Sarah Paulson cast in 'Cupid'

11 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sarah Paulson has been tapped as the female lead in ABC's one-hour pilot Cupid, Jeremy Renner will play the lead on ABC's one-hour pilot The Unusuals, while Sharon Lawrence has joined another ABC drama pilot, The Prince of Motor City.

The ABC Studios-produced Cupid is an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy for ABC. It centers on the manic Trevor Hale (Bobby Cannavale), who thinks he is the Roman god of love, Cupid.

Paulson will play Claire Allen, a psychiatrist specializing in affairs of the heart. Paula Marshall played the role in the original.

On the feature side, Paulson next appears opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit. She is repped by ICM and manager Judy Hofflund.

Unusuals, from Sony, is a dramedy set at a New York police precinct. Renner (28 Weeks Later) will play Det. Joe Walsh, who sets out to solve the murder of his ex-partner with the help of his partner (Amber Tamblyn).

Also cast in the pilot are Terry Kinney (Canterbury's Law) as Sgt. »

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Amber Tamblyn joins 'Unusuals'

9 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Amber Tamblyn has signed on as the female lead in ABC's drama presentation "The Unusuals".

In addition, Morris Chestnut has been cast in ABC's drama pilot "The Prince of Motor City", Stacy Keibler has joined ABC Family's "Samurai Girl", Jane Lynch and Kathleen Rose Perkins have come aboard ABC's comedy pilot "Never Better", and Joy Bryant, Sienna Guillory, Nelson Lee, Omar Metwally and Richie Coster have joined the cast of Fox's two-hour backdoor pilot "Virtuality".

"Unusuals", from Sony, is a dramedy set at a New York police precinct. Tamblyn will play Detective Casey Shraeger, a smart cop who also is the black sheep of her wealthy family. Tamblyn's most recent starring role on the small screen was in CBS' "Joan of Arcadia", also for Sony.

"Motor City", from ABC Studios, is a gothic family soap inspired by "Hamlet" that centers on Billy (Warren Christie), a young Harvard philosophy professor forced to return to Detroit to take over the family's auto company and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, Meg (Piper Perabo). »

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Kelly Preston among latest TV castings

16 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kelly Preston has signed to star in HBO's pilot Suburban Shootout, while Adam Goldberg has come aboard ABC's drama presentation The Unusuals.

Meanwhile, Danielle Nicolet has been cast opposite Debra Messing in USA Network's series The Starter Wife, Nick Thune has joined ABC's comedy presentation Roman's Empire, and Michael Landes will star opposite Alfred Molina in Fox's drama pilot Courtroom K.

Based on the British series, the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed Suburban is a dark comedy about a woman who escapes the city for suburban bliss only to find herself caught between two rival gangs of homicidal housewives vying for control of the town. Preston will play Camilla, the formidable leader of one of the gangs. She joins the previously cast Kerri Kenney and Rachael Harris.

Unusuals, from Sony, is a dramedy set at a New York police precinct. Goldberg will play Delahoy, a detective who has a brain tumor that no one else knows about.

In Wife, a follow-up to the high-rated miniseries, Nicolet will play a new friend of Molly's (Messing) who is a parent and the wife of a Los Angeles pro athlete. »

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