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Jonathan Cake Joins ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' As New Regular

Exclusive: Jonathan Cake has been tapped for the big new male role on ABC's Desperate Housewives as Bree's new squeeze. Cake will recur this season, appearing in 4 episodes, and will return as a series regular next season. He will play Aaron, a handsome, sexy, college-educated police detective with strong family values who becomes involved with Bree (Marcia Cross) when he comes to Wisteria Lane to investigate a case. Brit Cake, repped by Wme and Principal Entertainment, has a long-standing relationship with ABC. He starred on the network's sandals-and-toga limited series Empire, recurred on Six Degrees, co-starred in the 2009 pilot Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas and recently guest starred on Off the Map. As for Desperate Housewives, the veteran dramedy has not been officially renewed for next season pending the show's four stars closing their new deals, something expected shortly.
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'Empire' creator deals two projects

Writer-producer Tom Wheeler has set up a pair of high-concept drama projects at Fox and NBC.

Both have landed script commitments with penalty.

This is the second consecutive busy development season for "Empire" creator Wheeler, who last year landed a pilot order from ABC for the fantasy drama "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," which was in serious contention for a series pickup.

With his new projects, Wheeler is staying in the family- adventure genre, which he also is tackling on the feature side with two scripts he is writing: the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" and "Cutlass Island."

"I have two big, event-style series that can bring the whole family to television, the equivalent of summer four-quadrant movies," Wheeler said. "Tele¬vision is so fragmented these days; I just want one great show that has something great for everyone."

The Fox project, "The Mysteries of Oak Island," is produced by Warner Bros. TV,
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'Puss in Boots' Hiring TV Writer Tom Wheeler

"Puss in Boots" has found its script writer in television writer Tom Wheeler. The scribe who is known for his work in mini-series "Empire" and TV movie "The World According to Barnes" has been tapped to tackle the "Shrek" spin-off's screenplay, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wheeler will work on the animation's draft which has been written by Chris Miller, the co-director and co-writer of "Shrek the Third". Aside from this DreamWorks Animation project, he has recently written the fantasy pilot "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas" for ABC, and is developing the screenplay of "Cutlass Island".

"Puss in Boots" is a stand alone movie for the feline character first introduced in "Shrek 2". Described as a famous ogre assassin, the character which is voiced by Antonio Banderas in the "Shrek" franchise was originally hired by King Harold to kill Shrek, but he went on to become one of the ogre's entourage.
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Shrek Spin-off Moves Forward

You’d think with the huge success of the Shrek franchise, the second flick is the 10th-highest-grossing movie of all time, that the previously announced Puss in Boots spin-off would have already made it’s way to the screen. For whatever reasons the flick is only now moving forward, with DreamWorks hiring Tom Wheeler to write the screenplay. Wheeler’s credits include the mini-series Empire and ABC’s upcoming Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas. Boots will follow the adventures of the feline assassin/swordsman voiced by Antonio Banderas. The character, originally hired to knock off the grumpy green ogre, debuted in Shrek 2. He went on to become part of Shrek's entourage. Chris Miller, who added voices and dialogue to previous Shrek installments and co-directed and co-wrote the third movie, wrote an earlier draft of the Boots screenplay. As for another “regular” installment in the massive franchise, Shrek Goes Fourth
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'Puss in Boots' enlists writer

'Puss in Boots' enlists writer
What's that about cat-scratch fever? Well, TV scribe Tom Wheeler's got it.

Wheeler has been hired to write the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" for DreamWorks Animation, a stand-alone feature foray for the feline assassin/swordsman voiced by Antonio Banderas in the two most recent "Shrek" films.

Michelle Raimo is producing.

The "Shrek" franchise has ballooned into a multibillion-dollar property, with three feature films grossing more than $2 billion worldwide in theaters, tens of millions of DVDs sold and merchandising in every toy store. A fourth feature film, "Shrek Goes Fourth," is due in theaters May 21, 2010.

The Puss in Boots character, originally hired to knock off the grumpy green ogre, debuted in "Shrek 2," which is the 10th-highest-grossing movie of all time. He went on to become part of Shrek's entourage.

Chris Miller, who added voices and dialogue to previous "Shrek" installments and co-directed and co-wrote the third movie,
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ABC execs review their pilots

It's pilot screening time this week at ABC, and the TV types are abuzz about the fate of the network's projects that, because of the WGA strike, are being seen by Alphabet brass six months after they were greenlighted to pilots.

The field is being narrowed down, and there is speculation ABC might pick up a drama and a comedy series Friday. Overall, the network is expected to greenlight at least three projects each on the comedy and drama side.

Two NYPD-themed one-hours -- ABC Studios' Nathan Fillion starrer "The Castle" and Sony TV's ensemble dramedy "The Unusuals" -- have emerged as front-runners.

Additionally, 20th's untitled Dave Hemingson legal dramedy screened well Wednesday. Rob Thomas' "Cupid" update, which has not been seen by ABC execs, also is rising, somewhat overshadowing Thomas' other hourlong pilot at ABC Studios, "Good Behavior."

Also a possibility: WBTV's fantasy "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," which has not screened.

On the comedy side, three single-camera half-hours continue to enjoy the strongest buzz: 20th TV's Victor Fresco office comedy and the ABC Studios-produced family shows "Never Better," starring Damon Wayans, and the Kristin Newman project, starring Alyssa Milano.
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Trio populate ABC's 'Atlas'

Trio populate ABC's 'Atlas'
Janel Moloney and Patrick Breen have been tapped to co-star in ABC's fantasy pilot Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas, with 13-year-old Jodelle Ferland landing the lead in the WBTV-produced project.

Described as Harry Potter meets Pan's Labyrinth, Atlas, centers on Gwen (Ferland), an adventurous young girl who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world underneath ours.

In the pilot, written by Tom Wheeler and to be directed by Tommy Schlamme, Moloney and Breen will play Gwen's adopted parents. Also cast in the pilot is 10-year-old Nathan Gamble (Runaway), who will play Gwen's younger brother.

Moloney (Brotherhood) is repped by Gersh and manager James Suskin. Breen (Eli Stone) is with Gersh and A Management.

Ferland (Good Luck Chuck) is repped by ICM and Play Management.

'Lost' producer Pinkner joins Fox's 'Fringe'

'Lost' producer Pinkner joins Fox's 'Fringe'
Lost executive producer Jeff Pinkner has been tapped to run Fringe, Fox's high-profile sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Meanwhile, Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme has come on board to direct and executive produce Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas, Tom Wheeler's drama pilot for ABC.

On the Warner Bros.-produced Fringe, Pinkner will serve as exec producer/showrunner. The project centers on FBI agent (Anna Torv), who teams with a guy (Joshua Jackson) and his scientist Father John Noble), to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena.

Endeavor-repped Pinkner's relationship with Abrams extends beyond serving as exec producer/writer on Lost, Abrams' ABC series. He also served in the same capacity on Abrams' Alias, also for ABC.

Atlas, from WBTV, centers on a young girl who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world. Schlamme will exec produce the pilot with Wheeler. Endeavor-repped Schlamme most recently directed Life on Mars, David E. Kelley's pilot for ABC.

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