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'Chicago Med' Taps 'Sopranos' Duo as New Showrunners

Chicago Med is admitting two new faces behind the scenes. Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have inked a deal to become the new showrunners of the freshman NBC drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Schneider and Frolov were most recently co-executive producers on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and consulting producers on Amazon's Bosch. Their other credits include The Sopranos, for which they won an Emmy and a WGA award, Northern Exposure, for which they won two Emmys and two Golden Globes, Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show and The CW's Easy Money. The husband-and-wife team replaces Andrew Dettmann, who

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Miranda Lambert brings her life to TV with ABC Family

Country-music star Miranda Lambert's life is getting the TV-series treatment, but not in the way you might think.

ABC Family has started developing a show based on Lambert's childhood in Texas, but it's not about music (at least not primarily). In fact, it's a private-detective show, Deadline reports.

Here's the deal: When Lambert was growing up in Lindale, Texas, a small town east of Dallas, her mother and father, a retired police officer, went into business as private investigators. The show will take the family's life and spin from it what's being described as "'Hart to Hart' with a family," with the fictional Lambert kids helping their parents solve cases.

Or, if you'd rather, it could be a nuclear-family, Southern version of "Veronica Mars."

Scott Kaufer, a veteran of "Memphis Beat," "Boston Legal" and "The Chris Isaak Show," will write a pilot script and executive produce the project.
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Chris Isaak, Harry Connick, Jr. Reportedly Being Considered For 'Idol' Judge Spot

Chris Isaak, Harry Connick, Jr. Reportedly Being Considered For 'Idol' Judge Spot
The hunt for the person who will replace Simon Cowell on "American Idol" is on.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Wicked Games" singer Chris Isaak - whose list of past TV credits includes his own sitcom, "The Chris Isaak Show," on Showtime - has met twice with Fox.

The network reportedly has also considered singer Harry Connick, Jr., and has "given the once-over" to rocker-turned-reality star Bret Michaels, though the Poison front man is reportedly out of contention.

Harry served as a mentor on the show's latest season, and earned kudos from the ordinarily sharp-tongued Simon.

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Chris Isaak Being Considered For 'American Idol' Judge's Chair

Fellow crooner Harry Connick Jr. is also rumored to be in the running to replace Simon Cowell.

By Gil Kaufman

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Auditions for the 10th season of "American Idol" already kicked off in Nashville last week, but there has still been no word on who will replace departed lead judge Simon Cowell come January.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the acerbic Brit's chair could be filled by one of a trio of American musicians whose experience in the pop culture machine has given them plenty of expertise on what it takes to make it.

Though they've been typically tight-lipped about who might be in the running, the Fox network has reportedly been set on finding a well-known music-industry figure to take over the lead chair, with names such as former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola and Madonna manager Guy Oseary popping up in the rumor mill.
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Simon Cowell’s ‘Idol’ replacement might be Chris Isaak?

HollywoodNews.com: Who isn’t biting their nails, awaiting the news of who will replace Simon Cowell on Fox’s “American Idol”?

Preliminary auditions have already begun for the 10th season of the show.

There’s no question that Fox wants a major music personality and the Hollywood Reporter is headlining that Chris Isaak has met with the network twice.

While Isaak isn’t confirmed yet, Fox expects Cowell’s shoes to be filled by early September.

Meanwhile, Cowell’s upcoming Fox singing competition “The X Factor” is also seeking judges.

The British press has been beating the drum for Elton John to replace Cowell, announcing a number of times that he’s a shoe-in and would receive a plump paycheck.

Isaak would give “Idol” a different tone; definitely less pungent than Cowell. While he’s a revered romantic blues pop singer, he does possess a dry sense of humor
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Chris Isaak Makes His Comeback On TV With "The Chris Isaak Hour"

Singer Chris Isaak made his comeback to television last night (Feb 26) with a new show, "The Chris Isaak Hour." The TV show by the Bay Area rocker was aired on the A&E/Biography channel.

The successor to "The Chris Isaak Show" on Showtime features conversation and music-making with fellow artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), Glen Campbell and Chicago.

The show will feature the guests performing around five or six songs, with Isaak collaborating on a couple of the tracks. "I'm really happy with the format of the show," Isaak told Billboard.com.

"We have more time than most talk shows...... It really opens up a little more for the artists," Issak added.
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Dattilo nabs 'Commando' mom

Dattilo nabs 'Commando' mom
Kristin Dattilo has been cast as the mom in the WB Network's new comedy series Commando Nanny. Commando Nanny, from Warner Bros. TV and producer Mark Burnett, is based on Burnett's experience as a British military commando (Philip Winchester) who becomes a nanny for the kids of a Beverly Hills couple (Gerald McRaney, Dattilo). The role has been recast. Dattilo, who most recently starred on Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show, is repped by Paradigm and Fenton Kritzer Entertainment.

Rossdale in play for Crusader 'Game'

Rossdale in play for Crusader 'Game'
With Gwen Stefani poised to make her big-screen debut in Martin Scorsese's Aviator, her husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, is following her lead by inking to star in Crusader Entertainment's The Game of Their Lives. The project, being directed by David Anspaugh, is based on the book by Geoffrey Douglas. Adapted by Angelo Pizzo, it's the story of the American soccer team that, in a stunning upset, defeated England in the 1950 World Cup. At that time, the tournament barely registered on America's sports radar, so the United States sent a hastily assembled band of amateur and semiprofessional players, composed chiefly of working-class immigrants. Considered the underdogs, the Americans took on the seemingly unbeatable English side with surprising results. Rossdale, who has an extensive soccer background, will play English team member Stanley Mortenson. Wes Bentley stars along with Gerald Butler, Richard Jenik, Louis Mandylor and Jay Rodan. Crusader topper Howard Baldwin is producing with Karen Baldwin, Greg Johnson and Ginger Perkins. Rossdale is repped by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. His other credits include The Chris Isaak Show.

Sanagustin gets sr. vp stripes for WB net comedies

Reflecting the WB Network's increased volume of comedy programming, the network has appointed Chris Sanagustin as senior vp current programming, overseeing all on-air comedies. She will report to John Litvack, the WB's executive vp current programming and primetime scheduling. WB senior vp current programming Michael Roberts will continue to focus on the network's on-air drama series. "We are extremely fortunate to have Chris at the WB," Litvack said. "And I am especially excited that her background is so well-rounded and includes development, keeping ongoing series on the air and production." Sanagustin joins the WB from Viacom Prods., where she spent seven years, most recently as vp creative affairs. During her tenure there, she worked on such series as the WB's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, CBS' Baby Bob, Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show and the feature Sabrina Goes to Rome.

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