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Paramount Pictures Hires John Glenn to Rewrite Untitled Sci-Fi Film

3 November 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Paramount Pictures has hired John Glenn (Eagle Eye, Identity) to rewrite an untitled sci-fi project, previously referred to as Abducted, that the studio had acquired from John Heffernan (Snakes on a Plane) back in June.

While no details on the story have been released, Variety says the project has been described as Die Hard on an alien spaceship. The film will be produced by Cale Boyter and Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment who we recently reported would be producing Hyperdrive for Paramount, which was described as “a cross between The Fifth Element and 48 Hrs.”

No production or release dates have been announced for the project. »

- Jason Moore

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Laid off TV stars: Who is out of job next season

20 May 2011 2:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Charlie Sheen isn’t the only high-profile actor who’s out of job next season.

Networks chased after a slew of stars during pilot season, then left a bunch out in the cold once they decided which series were making their schedule. Among the survivors are Tim Allen (Last Man Standing), James Van Der Beek (Apartment 23), Christina Applegate (Up All Night) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Ringer). But for every name that made the cut, there’s at least two that are back to pounding the pavement for work.

One of the biggest names left in the cold is Ethan Hawke, »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Pilots update! Latest buzz on Gellar, Sutherland, Allen projects

5 May 2011 8:40 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

We’re only a couple of weeks away from broadcasters unveiling their fall schedules and intriguing pilots are emerging as front-runners to land coveted series orders.

Of the two most high-profile super-girl-power pilots, ABC’s Charlie’s Angels has ridiculously strong odds; we’re told its screenings have gone very well. NBC’s Wonder Woman is considered less certain despite heavy online interest in the costume. Should the David E. Kelley project make the cut for fall, it will be interesting to see if the Peacock grants his request to to air the pilot commercial free (but with a sponsor, »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Primetime Pilot Panic: Network Screening Time

4 May 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

It's showtime for broadcast pilots as screenings at the networks are kicking off. Today was Day 1 of screenings at ABC, Fox and the CW and Day 4 for CBS, which started on Friday. NBC starts its viewing tomorrow. There were a couple of standouts today. At ABC, it seems to be the Mark Gordon-produced procedural Identity starring Angela Bassett as the head of a unit fighting identity-related crime, which exceeded expectations. Several other ABC pilots had solid showings: dramas Charlie's Angels, which is considered a lock, Poe, said to be a favorite of ABC chief Paul Lee (though some are concerned that it is essentially a 1840s Castle with a supernatural twist), and comedy Smothered, while reaction to Chris Moynihan's comedy Man Up and the Count of Monte Cristo-flavored drama Revenge were mixed. It was a ho-hum first screening day at Fox, with comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter doing Ok, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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ABC Studios Exec Nicholas Pepper Joins Mark Gordon Co. As Head Of Drama

3 May 2011 1:41 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After an extensive search, ABC Studios-based producer Mark Gordon ended up staying close to his TV home with his pick for successor to outgoing president of television Deborah Spera, who is leaving next month to become an independent producer. ABC Studios' VP drama Nicholas Pepper is joining the Mark Gordon Co. as head of drama TV. He will work alongside head of comedy Andrea Shay, reporting directly to Gordon. This represents a change in the executive structure at Mark Gordon Co., which started off exclusively in drama under Spera until recently expanding into comedy with the hire of Shay. As VP drama programming at ABC Studios, Pepper oversaw such series as Desperate Housewives, Lost and Brothers & Sisters. Before that, he spent six years at ABC overseeing Ugly Betty, Pushing Daisies and Commander in Chief, among others. Prior to that, Pepper, a former actor, was Director of Alternative Series and Specials for ABC. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Mark Gordon Renews Pact With ABC, Makes First-Look Deal With Disney

7 April 2011 7:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" executive producer Mark Gordon has renewed his agreement with ABC Studios and made a first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios. Gordon's new four-year dealat ABC calls for him to continue to executive produce ABC's "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Private Practice," CBS’ "Criminal Minds" and "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” as well as Lifetime’s ”Army Wives.” He is now producing the ABC drama pilot “Identity,” starring Angela Bassett. Gordon, whose most recent film project is the just-released "Source Code," has been with ABC for a decade. "I’m so incredibly fortunate to »

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Mark Gordon Signs New Deal With ABC Studios, Inks First Look Pact With Disney

7 April 2011 7:45 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mark Gordon has renewed his deal with ABC Studios where he has been for 10 years. Additionally, he has inked a first-look pact  with Walt Disney Studios. The four-year Disney deal covers overhead for Gordon's banner, Mark Gordon Company, on the film and TV side. “I’m so incredibly fortunate to have such a long and successful relationship with ABC Studios,” said Mark Gordon. “I’m especially pleased we were able to expand our partnership into film with a first look deal with Walt Disney Studios.” Despite Gordon's long tenure at ABC Studios, I hear he also fielded offers from other studios and it came down to the wire between ABC Studios and Sony Pictures TV. Gordon currently has 5 series on the air for ABC Studios: ABC's Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, as well as Lifetime’s Army Wives. Gordon is »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Colin O'Donoghue lands 'Identity' lead

14 March 2011 8:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Colin O'Donoghue has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot Identity. The project, a remake of the UK series, will follow an elite police unit who investigate cases of identity theft and related crimes. Deadline reports that O'Donoghue will play a former undercover FBI agent named John Bloom who joins his old colleague Martha Adams (Angela Bassett) in the fraud squad. The role was played by The Wire (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Pilot Castings: NBC's 'I Hate That I Love You' And ABC's 'Identity' Find Leads

11 March 2011 6:40 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Comedian Nick Thune has been cast as the male lead in NBC's comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You. The single-camera project, from writer/exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV, is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad (Thune) and Missy, introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad's Allie and Missy's Sarah (Anna Camp), to each other. Earlier this season, Thune was attached to another NBC comedy project, an ensemble show penned by Spike Feresten. Thune, repped by Wme and 3 Arts, has a Web series, Nick's Big Show. Colin O'Donoghue (The Rite) has landed the male lead in ABC's drama pilot Identity. The project, from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and writer John Glenn, is an action procedural based on a British format that centers on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. Irish-born O'Donoghue will play John Bloom, an intensely private, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Deborah Spera To Leave Mark Gordon Co.

4 March 2011 7:04 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Deborah Spera is leaving the Mark Gordon Co. where she has served as president of television for the past seven years. Spera will depart in June when her contract expires to become an independent producer. “I am proud of everything we accomplished at The Mark Gordon Co. during the last seven years," she said. "Mark is a trusted friend and colleague, and he more than anyone understands the entrepreneurial spirit. I am grateful for his support as I head into this exciting new chapter of my life and hope we can continue to find ways work together in the future.” Spera joined the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. in 2004 just as the company was getting its first hit series Grey's Anatomy off the ground. She helped Gordon build the company into one of the most prolific pods in TV with 5 series on the air. Spera serves as an »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Angela Bassett To Star In ABC Pilot 'Identity'

2 March 2011 6:20 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Angela Bassett is set as a lead in ABC's drama pilot Identity. The project, from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and writer John Glenn, is an action procedural based on a British  format, which centers on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. Bassett will play Martha, the Special Agent in charge of the FBI's new Identity Crimes Unit. Bronx-tough Vassar graduate from Greenwich, Martha is determined to make a go of this division, using sophisticated technology combined with good old fashioned investigative methods. The casting extends Bassett's relationship with ABC, ABC Studios and producer Mark Gordon. Earlier this pilot season, she was attached to ABC's drama project One Police Plaza, which was developed for her through ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co. In it, she was slated to play another top New York law enforcement officer, the city's first female commissioner. Bassett, repped by Gersh and Lighthouse, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Jay Paulson signs for 'Identity' pilot

2 March 2011 5:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jay Paulson has signed up for a role in ABC drama pilot Identity. The project, written by John Glenn and based on the ITV series, will focus on an elite police unit who target identity thieves. Deadline reports that Happy Town actor Paulson will play a rookie agent who joins the squad. The actor previously recurred on Mad Men and played a guest role in a recent episode (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Abigail Spencer To Star In ABC's 'Grace', Several Other Actors Join Pilots

1 March 2011 11:14 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) has landed the female lead opposite Eric Roberts in ABC's drama pilot Grace, from writer Krista Vernoff. A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance, it centers on Michael Grace (Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters  with different mothers. He is in danger of losing his studio until his daughter Sarah (Spencer), a former dancer-turned-lawyer, decides to buy her father's studio and run it for him before he loses it. Spencer, repped by Icm and Untitled, recently filmed the features Cowboys and Aliens and A Haunting in Georgia.  Heroes alum Stephen Tobolowsky has joined CBS' drama pilot Hail Mary. The project, created by Jeff Wadlow and exec produced by Ilene Chaiken, is a buddy P.I. show set in Atlanta that stars Minnie Driver as Mary Beth, a suburban single mom who teams up »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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