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Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)

Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)
After spending untold amounts of cash on hundreds of dramas and comedies — most of which will never make it to your living rooms — the five broadcast networks will begin announcing in New York next week which projects are good enough to earn a coveted fall pickup. (NBC and Fox will present their fall schedule to advertisers on Monday, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and the CW on Thursday).

Buzz is already strong for several projects (for more on the hot ones, click here). But every year, we always wonder what diamond-in-the-rough was left on the cutting room
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Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?

Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?
And they’re off! Casting is all but completed and production has already begun on scores of pilots for the five broadcast networks. But not every comedy and drama will go the distance. Which project has the right stuff? What pilot already has you feeling like you popped a Lunesta? Check out the mammoth slate for fall consideration. (And remember, all projects are whittled down in late April/early May before the nets present their fall slates to advertisers in New York):

CBS

The Doctor (Rina Mimoun, David Nutter). A mother (Christine Lahti) reconnects with her adult children when
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' 'NCIS,' 'Smallville,' 'House,' and more!

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Okay, so in order for me to make it till Thursday, I need some Grey’s Anatomy scoop—specifically on Mer-Der. —Olivia

Ausiello: By the time Meredith tells Derek about her pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage in next week’s episode, she will have kept both secrets for a grand total of three months. Why wait so long? “The man was shot, and he’s already feeling for getting a bunch of people killed,
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Actors Casting Directors Love: Part 2

Actors Casting Directors Love: Part 2
Robin Lippin on Gerard Butler: I was casting "Attila," the miniseries, and it was an extremely hard role. We had to find someone who could carry the mini and have charisma and yet be able to exude leadership and a barbaric quality. He also had to have an amazing body and good looks (it is TV, after all). Gerry had been referred by the CD in London, and I brought him in. I felt he had it all, but the executive at the time wasn't convinced. He wanted me to keep looking and told me to go to Crunch, the gym where all the hotties worked out. I wanted to die. I mean, this was a powerful role and needed an amazing actor. I think the exec was worried about his accent.I fought really hard for him, and luckily the director and producers were behind him. I even offered to
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Dermot Mulroney finalizes 'Love' cast

Dermot Mulroney finalizes 'Love' cast
Dermot Mulroney is moving forward with his directorial debut, "Love, Wedding, Marriage," lining up Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, James Brolin and Jane Seymour to star in the romantic comedy.

The movie has seen financing come and go and return again, and the cast has gone through Tetris-style combinations with names including Jessica Alba, Christopher Walken and Blythe Danner circling.

Financing is being finalized, but the movie produced by Michelle Chydzik is slated to go before cameras April 19 in Louisiana. Nathalie Marciano is executive producing the picture, whose title might change to "Keep It Together."

The story centers on a newlywed marriage counselor (Moore) who is thrown for a loop when she learns that her parents, whose marriage she's always idealized, are headed for divorce. She sets out on a disastrous path to save their marriage at the expense of her own, manipulating loved ones to achieve her objectives.

Lutz will
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'Harvest Moon' rises for Hollywood fest

Greg W. Swartz's "Another Harvest Moon," a drama about senior citizens starring Ernest Borgnine, Piper Laurie, Anne Meara, Doris Roberts, Richard Schiff and Cybill Shepherd, will open the 13th annual Hollywood Film Festival on Oct. 23 at the ArcLight Cinemas.

The three-day fest will feature 80 features, shorts and music videos, including Steve Morris' "The Assistants," about Hollywood assistants, Kim Tae-kyun's "Crossing," Adam Kane's "Formosa Betrayed," Jeff Stephenson's "Not Since You" and Vlad Yudin's "Last Day of Summer."

The fest also announced nominees for its Hollywood Movie Awards, which will be decided by public voting at the Yahoo! Movies Web site. They are "(500) Days of Summer," "District 9," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "The Hangover," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Up."
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'Girls' Power

Casting director Jami Rudofsky has one word of advice for the auditioning actor: relax. "Don't be nervous," she says with a laugh. "I'm a totally regular person. I'm there to help you get the job." Rudofsky can also empathize with the jittery performers sitting across from her: She was once an aspiring actor, studying theatre at UCLA. "About halfway through, I realized that it wasn't the path I wanted to take," she says. "I didn't like auditioning. I knew I wasn't going to be successful as an actress, but I really loved acting, so I wanted to find something that was like it." An internship with CD Vicki Rosenberg (Bones, Joan of Arcadia) set Rudofsky on a new career track. She fell in love with the casting process, started working in the industry the day after graduation, and hasn't looked back. These days she has nearly a decade and a half of casting experience,
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