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Mark Harmon Gets USA TV Movie, Elizabeth Hurley to Play 'Wonder Woman' Villain and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Mark Harmon Gets USA TV Movie, NBC Plans 'Law & Order' Crossover and MoreMark Harmon has been tapped to star in 'Prey,' a two-hour movie on USA Network. The 'NCIS' star will play Lucas Davenport, the deputy police chief of Minneapolis. The movie is based on the successful 'Prey' novels by John Sandford.

According to Deadline, the movie will be based on the 10th novel, 'Certain Prey.' Harmon's character goes up against a hitwoman who is determined to take him down. USA has acquired the rights to all 20 of Sandford's novels, but right now this is the only flick planned.

"Mark Harmon could read the phone book and we'd probably want to put it on the air!" Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA, said.

In other casting news ...

Angela Bassett will star in ABC's 'Identity.' Bassett will play Martha, the head of the FBI unit that combats identity-theft. The former 'ER' star was previously attached to 'One Police Plaza' at ABC. [Deadline]

'Six Feet Under' veteran Lauren Ambrose has booked the lead role in Fox's 'Weekends at Bellevue.' Ambrose will play the psychiatrist in charge of Bellevue's psych ward on the weekends. [TVLine]

New Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki will face off against a villain played by Brit actress Elizabeth Hurley. "Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot 'Wonder Woman,'" Hurley tweeted. "I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait." [Elizabeth Hurley Twitter]

'Law & Order: LA' star Terrence Howard will guest on 'Law & Order: SVU.' Howard's character will head to New York to represent a friend's son opposite returning ADA Casey Novak. [TVLine]

A few real-life divas will drop by during the third season of Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva.' Paula Abdul will reprise her role as a judge, while LeAnn Rimes and Wendy Williams will appear for the first time. [TV Guide]

Michael Rosenbaum is now scheduled appear in all seven episodes of Fox's 'Breaking In.' The 'Smallville' veteran will also be making a return appearance on The CW drama's finale season. [TVLine]

Sarah Paulson has been tapped to star in Warner Bros. TV's untitled workplace sitcom. Paulson will play a relationship-challenged woman who helps guide people through unexpected career happenings. [Deadline]

Kyle Bornheimer will star in 'Council of Dads' ... but what about his starring role on 'Perfect Couples'? The 'Dads' role is in second position if NBC renews 'Couples.' Bornheimer will play the "fun dad" in a group of men who help raise a friend's children. [Deadline]

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I remember Eric LaSalle played Lucas Davenport in one of the early Prey stories.

March 03 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I read them too, my only question is why start with book 10? They bought the rights to all 20 start at the beginning. Love Mark Harmon.

March 03 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Mark Harmon and have read all the ''Prey'' books, this is awesome!

March 03 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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