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'School Pride' Producer Dies at 41, Andie MacDowell Lands TV Role and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 24th 2010 5:30PM
Denise CramseyReality TV producer Denise Cramsey, 41, died of a brain aneurysm yesterday, Deadline Hollywood reports.

Cramsey's agency said in a statement, "It is with tremendous sadness that the immediate and extended family of Denise Cramsey is confirming her death yesterday due to a brain aneurysm suffered in the morning. At Denise's side were her fiancé Scott, best friend Risa and brother Billy. Continuing the spirit of charity and kindness that embodied Denise, her organs will be donated."

In addition to 'School Pride,' Cramsey also teamed up with Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher for 'True Beauty,' worked on the Jeff Probst/Mark Burnett special 'Live for the Moment,' and oversaw more than 100 episodes of the series 'Trading Spaces.'

In other TV news ...

The debut album of Lee DeWyze, the most recent 'American Idol' winner, performed worse than any other past winner or runner up on the charts this week. 'Live It Up' landed at 19 on the Billboard chart with 39,000 units sold -- 7,000 less than even Diana DeGarmo in 2004 and 18,000 less than Justin Guarini in 2002. [Zap2It]

Nickelodeon's 'iCarly' is causing a stir among parents after a character wore a t-shirt bearing the logo of a cigarette paper brand. "The shirt was randomly selected from a national department store by a customer, and we had no idea what the design represented," said a representative for the channel. [NY Post]

Andie MacDowell has been cast in ABC Family's 'What Would Jane Do' pilot. The actress will play the boss of a teenager mistaken for an adult and given a high-powered job in the fashion industry. [Entertainment Weekly]

The final lead role on ABC Family's 'The Great State of Georga' goes to Meagen Fay. She'll play an eccentric Southern landlady and family friend of Raven Symone's character. [Deadline]

A third ABC Family pilot, 'The Lying Game,' has snagged actress Helen Slater to play a wealthy mom. The show follows a girl who finds out that her long lost twin sister has gone missing. [Entertainment Weekly]

New York comedy writers Tim Carvell and Andy Breckman just closed sitcom deals with CBS. Carvell's features a 32-year-old man whose recent college graduate sister comes to work for his company, and Breckman's will use fantasy sequences to compare a family man's ideal sequence of events to his reality. [Vulture]

TNT's untitled Allan Loeb pilot has tapped four actors for its supporting cast. Blake Clark, Brett Rice, Bradford Anderson and Rhea Seehorn will all appear on the show, about a recently widowed police detective and his newly married partner. [Deadline]

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Richard Ott

I wonder if Tyra Banks will do any more TV shows
after True Beauty, now that Denice Cramsy has died?

November 24 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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