Signing on to the project are 'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon, along with Oscar nominees Miranda Richardson ('Rubicon') and Peter Firth ('MI-5'), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The eight-hour drama will begin shooting soon on location in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
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The real-life couple will play parents to a young girl who is brutally beat up by her "friends." These "friends" then upload footage of the savage beating to the Internet. According to Deadline, the story is based on true events of Tori Lindsay, a 16-year-old high school student.
Heche and Tupper met on ABC's 'Men in Trees.' This is their first on-screen pairing since the series.
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According to TMZ, 'Two and a Half Men' has just chopped four episodes from its production schedule. Following Sheen's Feb. 28 return, the show was scheduled to film eight more episodes to complete its eighth season.
Crew members are outraged, TMZ reports, with one worker telling the site, "We've been left in the dark and now we have no pay for four episodes and all we hear is that Chuck is saying, 'They're not my problem.'"
To his credit, sources told TMZ that Sheen said he would work beyond the scheduled wrap date, plus weekends, to make sure all eight episodes are filmed.
In other TV news ...
• The Grammys telecast scored its highest ratings in 10 years. More than 26.7 million viewers tuned in to the 53rd annual ceremony for a 10.0 rating in the 18–49 demographic. [EW]
• 'Law & Order' alum Jesse L. Martin will star in 'Hallelujah.' The Marc Cherry drama pilot, which "features musical elements," takes place in a rural town being torn apart by good and evil. "Fortunes change when a stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith." Martin will play "a mysterious, charming drifter" who crosses paths with said stranger. [Deadline]
• James Tupper is checking in to Seattle Grace one more time. The former 'Mercy' star will reprise his role as psychologist Andrew Perkins on 'Grey's Anatomy' for a multi-episode arc. [EW]
And according to the Ausiello Files, that piece picker-upper is none other than dreamy James Tupper, the 'Men in Trees' star who already has fictional medical experience thanks to NBC's dearly departed 'Mercy'.
Maybe it's the actors, which include Taylor Schilling, James Tupper, and Michelle Trachtenberg. Maybe it's the fact that the main character, Veronica, has just come home from Iraq and is still wounded from that experience. And yet she keeps moving forward, despite issues like smashing a windshield with a cinder block when she's angry.
Just the idea of a raccoon with rabies is creepy enough, but add in letting it loose in a hospital and the creep factor goes way up.
Premise: Nurse Veronica Callahan is easing back into life after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq. At Mercy Hospital, she's ignored by doctors, even when she knows more than they do. And at home, she's trying to salvage her marriage -- only to find the surgeon she fell for in Iraq just joined the Mercy staff.
Slight spoilers about the role coming up!
Sounds a little bit like art is imitating real life here, with Tupper hooking up with his married co-star Anne Heche last year.
Also? Sounds like Justine Bateman must be leaving the show because the last time we saw Men in Trees (last February), Jack was dedicated to his relationship with Lynn.
There was one typo, however For some reason, Marc Cherry was listed on the producers' list; sure, he's Desperate Housewives' top exec, but the man should have been put on the talent tip sheet, too. He knows how to tease a season and entertain a table full of reporters like no other!
Cherry gave the scoop on new characters played by Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion -- also, a preview of what's ahead for the other ladies of Wisteria Lane.
As predicted in my preview story about today's sessions, Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy; Private Practice) was indeed asked about ex-GA cast member Isaiah Washington, who was canned last month by ABC and then scooped up by rival NBC for a role on Bionic Woman.
A reporter wanted to know what Rhimes thought about NBC president Ben Silverman saying he was in talks with Washington prior to the actor being let go at the end of the TV season.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad somewhat bad news Elizabeth (and all other Men In Trees fans who have emailed us about the show) but the series will not return until next Fall.
James Tupper, who plays breathy Jack on Men in Trees, recently gave an interview to People magazine where he swears up and down that neither of them cheated on their spouses. He says their marriages were both over before they hooked up. It's like Brad and Angelina all over again - and we didn't believe them either, did we?
Of course, I hope that the love Heche and Tupper feel for each other is real, but I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't. In the interview, Tupper uses that line that all actors use when they fall for a co-star: "I've never met anyone like her." That's a red flag, if I've ever seen one. I think we hear that one from adults in relationships as often as we hear child actors say "I've worked for this all my life!"
(S01E17) After feeling like we've been treading water over the last few episodes, this one really felt like the show started moving forward again. Jack and Lynn are getting married, Mai and Sylvia are planning a wedding, Sarah is moving on with her career, Annie and Patrick are meeting her parents, and Marin is having boy troubles of a different kind. I have to admit that I was getting a little tired of this show after last week but this episode was invigorating.
(S01E16) No, that's not a typo. The title of this episode is really a play on Marin Frist.
Well, I liked this episode a heck of a lot more than last week's. I think Marin had a very relatable problem. She couldn't get comfortable with Lynn and kept trying to overcompensate for it, making herself and everyone else uncomfortable in the process. She's one of those girls who wants people to like her and so she goes a little overboard in buying Lynn a really expensive, gigantic stroller for her baby shower. She also buys muffins and coffee for her contractors, who are walking all over her in renovating her home. She learned a good lesson in the end, but it was Lynn who had to force it upon her. She makes a good point: those two may never be comfortable with each other.
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