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Although her drama pilot Trooper failed to take off, Mira Sorvino continues to make a concerted effort to launch the television career we’re still going to take credit for because she openly campaigned for it here, this time returning to comedy by landing the female lead in CBS’ Jim Gaffigan pilot. In keeping with the show’s semi-autobiographical spin on Gaffigan’s life, Sorvino will take her name and the surprising attractiveness ratio of their relationship from Gaffigan’s actual wife Jeannie, playing “a super-wife and super-mom. The mother of five kids, she has a sixth child in the »
Exclusive: Mira Sorvino is returning to her comedy roots (she won an Oscar for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite) with a starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan in his CBS comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (the two co-wrote the story, and Tolan wrote the script), the project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sorvino’s Jeannie is a super-wife and super-mom. The mother of five kids, she has a sixth child in the house: her husband Jim. Sony Pictures TV and Fedora are producing, with Gaffigan, Tolan, Michael Wimer and Alex Murray executive producing. The pilot reunites Sorvino with CBS where she toplined drama pilot Trooper last season. (She also reprised her role in the TNT version of the pilot.) In addition to Mighty Aphrodite, Sorvino’s comedic roles include the cult »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
That was quick. Just 2 days after TNT passed on the Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot Trooper, the network is back in business with the top producer, greenlighting Marshal Law: Texas, a six-episode new unscripted drama, for a 2013 debut. The series, from Warner Horizon TV, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Megalomedia, is set in Houston, Texas. Produced with the cooperation of The U.S. Marshal Service, it centers on the elite Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, which includes U.S. Marshals working with personnel from the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and other law-enforcement agencies. Marshal Law: Texas follows the officers as they track down extremely violent offenders, serve warrants and go on the hunt for some of America’s most wanted criminals. Jbtv’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce with Megalomedia’s Jonathan Nowzaradan. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. Marshal Law: Texas is part »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fresh off of her Golden Globes win, Jennifer Lawrence is set to take the Saturday Night Live stage — and we have a sneak peek at what the Silver Linings Playbook starlet will bring to this weekend’s show.
Press Play below to watch Lawrence channel her inner Hunger Games gal Katniss Everdeen, poke fun at SNL vet Jason Sudeikis and tackle the most annoying thing an award-winner can encounter: being played off the stage.
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• Michael J. Fox’s buzzy new NBC comedy is rounding out its cast. »
- Megan Masters
TNT has picked up new crime drama King and Maxwell to series. However, the network will not be ordering additional episodes of Trooper - starring Mira Sorvino - beyond the pilot, Deadline reports. King and Maxwell - based on the novels by author David Baldacci - has been picked up for a ten-episode first season, to launch in summer 2013. The series stars X-Men's Rebecca Romijn as Michelle Maxwell and The Closer's Jon Tenney as Sean King - a pair of former Secret Service agents who now operate as private investigators. Sons of Anarchy actor Ryan Hurst also appears in the pilot episode as an autistic savant - and suspected serial killer - who helps King to crack a (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
As if we need another investigator based series, TNT is set to deliver one this summer anyway.
Rebecca Romijn will star along with Jon Tenney (The Closer) in the previously titled series King And Maxwell, about a private investigator duo. The network has ordered ten episodes of the show from NCIS: La executive producer Shane Brennan.
For those unfamiliar with the project, it revolves about two former Secret Service agents who have moved into the private sector. The characters are based on bestselling author David Baldacci’s creations and they have been described as not “the typical pair of private investigators.”
Although none of the details released so far particularly stand out, the one bit of shining news is that Ryan Hurst will co-star. Hurst is probably best known by fans as Opie Winston from the hit FX drama, Sons of Anarchy. In King and Maxwell, Hurst will play Edgar Roy, »
- Lindsay Sperling
Exclusive: As it picked up pilot King & Maxwell to series today, TNT has passed on another drama pilot, Trooper. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Trooper starred Mira Sorvino as a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. The project was originally developed at CBS last season where it also went to pilot starring Sorvino. The TNT pilot, which co-starred Eion Bailey, was written by Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes) who executive produced with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ensler for Warner Horizon. TNT today rendered a decision on its two procedural pilots. The network is yet to weigh in on its two action-adventure pilots, the Michael Bay-produced The Last Ship and the Howard Gordon-produced Legends. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
7 items from 2013
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