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Chelsea Handler to Play Her Own Older Sister, Beverly D'Angelo Gets Pilot and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 25th 2011 1:30PM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler will play her own older sister in the pilot based on her novel 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.'

According to E! Online, Handler will star opposite Laura Prepon in the NBC pilot. Prepon will play a fictionalized version of the E! host.

"I haven't read [her books]," Prepon told E! "But I've seen her a lot and it's going to be awesome. I am just starting to immerse myself in the Chelsea Handler of it all. She's an amazing woman.

"I'm from Jersey," Prepon said. "Chelsea and I are similar, so it's perfect we play sisters. It's funny, because her vodka is my favorite vodka too. We both drink the same thing!"

Comedian Jo Koy has also joined the pilot cast. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Koy will play a bartender at the club where Prepon works.

In other casting news ...

Beverly D'Angelo has joined the cast of NBC's untitled Whitney Cummings pilot. The 'National Lampoons' veteran will play Cummings' cynical mother. [Deadline Hollywood]

Donal Logue is making use of his post-'Terriers' free time by guest-starring on an episode of 'House.' He'll play the patient of the week in an early episode. Also appearing in that ep? Candice Bergen as Cuddy's mom. [TV Line]

Eamonn Walker will star in Ron Moore's '17th Precinct.' The former star of 'The Whole Truth' will play Detective Chief Inspector Wilder Blanks opposite Jamie Bamber and Stockard Channing. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Gone Too Soon: Wonderfalls

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2010 11:05AM
'Wonderfalls'
After bringing us the quirky death dramedy 'Dead Like Me,' and just before the resurrection dramedy 'Pushing Daisies,' Bryan Fuller co-created, along with Todd Holland ('Sons of Tucson'), another odd little show for FOX. 'Wonderfalls' premiered in March 2004; the tale of a young woman instructed by animal-shaped figurines to help people in need.

Much like his other shows, the whole atmosphere and presentation of 'Wonderfalls' was tailored to create a magical world just outside our own. Gritty realism certainly wasn't the goal.

Unfortunately, a serious lack of network patience led to 'Wonderfalls' getting canceled after airing only four critically acclaimed episodes out of thirteen produced. But those four hours left an indelible mark on the loyal viewers who did find it, and the series message of hope resonates as powerfully today as it did then.

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Drive: Let The Games Begin

by Brett Love, posted Apr 17th 2007 6:49AM
Nathan Fillion(S01E03) For those of you playing along at home, the ratings for the big two hour premiere of Drive are in. Unfortunately, they weren't very good. That isn't the end of the world though. To really get an idea of where the series stands, we'll have to wait until the numbers come in for the regular Monday night showing. Things should be fine. Nobody watches Dancing With The Stars or Deal Or No Deal anyway, right?

Moving on, thinking happy thoughts about Nielsen boxes tuned to Drive, episode three was another solid installment. That's solid, but not great. It didn't quite match the level of the first two. Not that there weren't high points. It just seemed that some of the stories lacked the intensity that we saw in the premiere. There was still some good information coming to us, but not in as gripping a fashion. That's fine, but not exactly what I wanted to see in the time slot premiere.

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