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Everything You Need to Know About 'Breakout Kings'

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Mar 1st 2011 2:00PM


TV Squad is in one of the seediest strip clubs in Toronto, watching Lauren Velez from 'Dexter' chatting amicably with a tough-looking thug and a pretty young stripper.

We're on the set of the new A&E crime show 'Breakout Kings,' and Velez and company are gearing up to film an intense shoot-out scene. Created by Matt Olmstead ('Prison Break,' 'NYPD Blue') and Nick Santora ('Prison Break,' 'The Sopranos'), each episode follows an unconventional team of two U.S. Marshals and three inmates trying to catch an escaped fugitive.

The rationale behind the unusual arrangement is that "it takes a con to catch a con." In exchange for helping the Marshals hunt down escaped bad guys, the three inmates get a break from jail while they're on the case, and a month off of their total sentences for each criminal they net. This time around, Velez is playing the inmate on the run -– a far cry from her role as the career-driven Lt. Maria Laguerta on 'Dexter.'

'Breakout Kings' stars Domenick Lombardozzi ('The Wire,' 'Entourage') and Laz Alonso ('Southland') as the two U.S. Marshals, Brooke Nevin ('The Comebacks') as the Marshals' office staffer, and Jimmi Simpson ('It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'), Malcolm Goodwin ('American Gangster') and Serinda Swan ('TRON: Legacy') as the three inmates.

We spent a day on the 'Breakout Kings' set and caught up with Olmstead, Lombardozzi, Alonso and Simpson to get the scoop on everything you need to know about prime time's latest crime show.

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Stockard Channing Joins Ron Moore's Magic Pilot, 'Burn Notice' Prequel Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 11th 2011 6:00PM
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing will headline '17th Precinct,' the new magic-based pilot from 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'West Wing' veteran will play Mira, a former homicide detective who now covers robberies. '17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule.

When NBC picked up the show to pilot, it was described as a 'Harry Potter'-type show for grown-ups.

In other TV news ...

'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' will premiere April 17 at 9PM on USA. The prequel is set in 2005 and directed by 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Gary Cole has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot 'Tagged.' Cole will play James Percy, a coroner who works with his son. [Deadline Hollywood]

Will Paget Brewster leave 'Criminal Minds'? The actress is currently fielding comedy pilot offers from Fox. Her final 'Criminal Minds' episode of the season will end with a cliffhanger, A.J. Cook is returning to the series to possibly whisk her away. [Deadline Hollywood]

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