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The Hatfields and the McCoys

'Glee' Sidelines Ashley Fink, 'ER' Star Joins 'Awake' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 9th 2011 10:45AM
Ashley FinkAnother day, another 'Glee' cast shake-up story. We're more than a little bummed to report Ashley Fink's character is heading to the sidelines.

According to TVLine, Fink's Lauren Zizes character is quitting New Directions and ending her relationship with Puck (Mark Salling).

Why? Well, she's not part of the main cast and her storyline could be picked up down the line.

The main cast has already ballooned to close to 20 people, plus the guest stars from 'The Glee Project,' Idina Menzel and new players LeMarcus Tinker and Vanessa Lengies.

However, viewers might see Fink's Lauren here and there, just like they do Max Adler's Karofsky.

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Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe Join Bill Paxton and Kevin Costner in 'The Hatfields and McCoys'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 31st 2011 8:00AM
Tom BerengerThe History Channel is putting this summer's 'Kennedys' debacle behind it and is busy assembling a starry cast for its latest original drama project.

According to Variety, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham have signed on for roles in History's upcoming mini-series 'The Hatfields and McCoys: An American Vendetta.'

They join previously announced leads Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy) and Kevin Costner (Anse Hatfield) in the period piece, which follows the bloody 13-year feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families.

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Jim Belushi Teams With 'Murphy Brown' Creator For New Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 16th 2011 5:30PM
Jim BelushiAfter a failed hourlong legal series, Jim Belushi is returning to his roots: half-hour comedy. The 'According to Jim' star is teaming with 'Murphy Brown' creator Diane English for a new project at ABC Studios.

According to Deadline, Belushi and English will co-write the project. The new sitcom centers on Belushi as a single dad with teen offspring. No network has been announced.

Belushi recently starred in CBS's legal dramedy 'The Defenders' alongside Jerry O'Connell, but is best known for 'According to Jim,' which ran for a seemingly impossible eight seasons on ABC. He joins a bevvy of former sitcom stars prepping returns to TV.

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Kevin Costner Books TV Gig, Nancy Grace Quits and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 25th 2011 2:00PM
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner is heading to the History Channel. Costner will produce and star in a new miniseries, 'The Hatfields and McCoys.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Costner will play Anse Hatfield. The series will retell the tale of the bloody feud between the two families. It's set to air next year, the 150th anniversary of the infamous clash.

"'The Hatfields & McCoys' is a classic tale of American history," Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History, said in a statement. "These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous."

Leslie Greif's Thinkfactory Media is behind the project.

"As an avid history fan, I am thrilled to join with Leslie Greif and History in this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country," Costner said in a statement.

History recently announced 'The Bible,' a new miniseries from Mark Burnett.

In other casting news ...

Anna Kournikova will officially train contestants on next season of 'The Biggest Loser.' Trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not be returning. [Vulture]

'Lights Out' star Billy Brown has joined the cast of 'Dexter.' Brown will play Mike Cutler, Chicago transplant who steps on some toes at Miami Metro. [THR]

Nancy Grace has quit 'Swift Justice.' Grace attributed her decision to leave the series to the shift in production from Atlanta to Los Angeles. "I am so proud of the work we have done on 'Swift Justice.' Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production's relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job -- mother to John David and Lucy -- back home." She'll be replaced by Jackie Glass. [Entertainment Weekly]

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