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Anjelica Huston, Marcia Gay Harden Join Pilots and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 7th 2011 11:00AM
Anjelica Huston, Marcia Gay Harden Join Pilots and More Casting NewsEven more movie stars are headed to television.

Anjelica Huston has signed on for NBC's musical drama 'Smash.' According to Entertainment Weekly, Huston will play a "shrewd, dry, smart, cynical New York City theatre producer."

The show is based on an idea from Steven Spielberg and follows the creation of a Broadway show from the early stages to opening night.

Debra Messing, Katherine McPhee and Jack Davenport also headline the cast.

Huston was last seen on TV doing a guest arc on 'Medium.'

In other casting news ...

Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden will star in ABC's 'Smothered.' Harden will star as the overbearing mother of Zach, Kyle Howard's character. [Deadline]

Chris Egan has been cast as a young, hot 'Poe.' The 'Kings' star will play the title role in ABC's period-drama about Edgar Allan Poe as a detective. [TVLine]

'Greek' star Andrew J. West has signed to star opposite Jean Smart in NBC's untitled Dan Goor pilot. West will play Adam, a doctor who joins his family's medical practice. [Deadline]

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Casting Roundup: Marcia Gay Harden Returns to 'Law and Order: SVU,' Jack Black Coming to 'iCarly' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2010 4:00PM
Marcia Gay HardenMarcia Gay Harden is picking up her gun and badge once again to reprise her role on 'Law and Order: SVU.'

Harden will play Dana Lewis in the eighth episode of this season. The character first appeared in 2005, and Harden received an Emmy nomination for a guest spot on the series in 2007. The character was last seen in season 8.

Harden has appeared on a handful of episodes of USA Network's 'Royal Pains.' [TV Guide]

In other casting news ...

Jack Black has signed on to appear in an episode of Nickelodeon's 'iCarly.' The funnyman has been tapped to play Jeremy's video game nemesis Aspartamay. The two will meet at the show's fictional convention, Webicon. 'iCarly' star Miranda Cosgrove appeared in Black's 2003 flick 'School of Rock.' [Ausiello Files]

General Lane and Lucy are heading back to 'Smallville.' Michael Ironside and Peyton List are set to reprise their respective roles in an October episode of the hit series. The two characters were both last seen in separate episodes in season 4. [TV Guide]

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Marcia Gay Harden Joins 'Royal Pains'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:10AM
Oscar and Tony Award winner Marcia Gay Harden is making another bid for her EGOT: The actress, who was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance on 'Law & Order: SVU' in 2007, is adding another high-profile TV guest gig to her resume with a role on USA Network's hit drama 'Royal Pains.'

The Ausiello Files reports that Harden will appear in several episodes of the dramedy, playing Dr. Elizabeth Blair, surgeon and board member of the Hamptons Heritage Hospital where Dr. Jill Casey (Jill Flint) works. Dr. Blair will at first butt heads with Dr. Casey, before eventually becoming her mentor.

Harden's first appearance on the show will be in the 'Royal Pains' season two premiere, on June 3.

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Damages: Trust Me (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 2nd 2009 11:55AM

Glenn Close and William Hurt
(S02E13) "I've been having one helluva shitty month and someone is gonna pay." - Patty

Another great ending to another great season of television. The general consensus seems to be that season two of Damages far outpaced season one. They were pretty tied up for me - that was, until last night's finale. Just like the first season, by the time we got to the end, we'd already seen most of the episode because of all the flashbacks. Same goes this time around - season two's flash-forwards provided us with a pretty solid sense of what to expect. The beauty of Damages is that there was still about 20 minutes worth of plot holes that needed filling. Seeing it all play out, in order, was phenomenal.

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Damages poised to change drastically as sophomore season nears finale

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 4th 2009 6:07PM

Glenn Close
Damages has lived up to the hype. After a jaw-dropping debut season that garnered Glenn Close an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her turn as Patty Hewes, the FX legal drama roared back in January amid speculation regarding whether or not the unique storytelling techniques used in season one could be re-created again. The result? Eight episodes into the new season and Damages is as thrilling as ever.

However, after learning that Patty is indeed the person being held at gunpoint in last week's final moments, it proved one thing - Patty isn't the only one in the hot seat. The creative team behind Damages should be sweating too.

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Damages: I lied, too (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 7th 2009 11:15PM

Glenn Close (L) and Rose Byrne (R) star in 'Damages' on FX.
(S02E01) "Actually, I take that back. You should be scared. You should be terrified." - Ellen

Payback's a bitch, ain't it? Not if you're Ellen Parsons - then it's a slow, methodical, patience-testing process where it apparently takes six months before you get to shoot a gun. And thus begins the second chapter in the twisted law legacy of Ellen Parsons. After one episode, David Connor's killer is no longer the issue at the top of everyone's mind.

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Damages: season two - An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 16th 2008 11:14AM
William Hurt, Glenn Close, Tate Donovan, and Rose Byrne all star in season two of FX's Emmy winning drama 'Damages.'
The law/crime genre is a tired and used television landscape. In an era where almost every channel has been saturated with no less than four Law & Order's, three CSI's, and countless other attempts - some good, some bad - it reached a point where it seemed as though we'd seen it all. Then FX premiered Damages back in July 2007 and everything changed. Fast-forward over a year later, add in three history-making Emmy wins, a Golden Globe, and one lingering question remains - how can they possibly re-create the tense past-meets-present plot device that made season one so unique and memorable?

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What does everyone think of the new Damages promo? - VIDEO

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 6th 2008 11:21AM
Glenn Close stars in FX's 'Damages.'
A few days ago I mentioned that both Nip/Tuck and Damages were returning after the New Year, but no premiere dates were known yet. However, FX has now announced that the highly anticipated second season of the Glenn Close legal thriller will make its sophomore debut on Wednesday, January 7th at 10PM. The network has been running ads for Nip/Tuck for a few weeks now, but this past weekend they released the first of what I'm sure will be many new promos for Damages. I've got a bit of an issue with it though.

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FX news: Nip/Tuck to end in 2011, more eps for Sunny, guest stars, new series - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 15th 2008 12:46PM
FX logoFOX's second day on TCA was given over to FX, and network president John Landgraf had some news:
  • They are ordering an additional 19 episodes of Nip/Tuck. The show will be end its run in early 2011 with an even 100 episodes. Show-runner Ryan Murphy wil stay through the end of the run.
  • Michael J. Fox will appear on a four episode arc of Rescue Me next season. He'll play Janet Gavin's new boyfriend, who is confined to a wheelchair.
  • Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden will be a regular on second season of Damages.
  • The network has ordered 39 more episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This is in addition to 13 currently being produced for the upcoming season.
  • They are ordering 13 episode of new comedy series Testees, created by Kenny Hotz (South Park - Kenny vs Spenny). Its about two friends in their early 30's who earn living as medical guinea pigs.

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Marcia Gay Harden joins CBS pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 11th 2008 5:20PM
marcia gay hardenIt's always a good thing when an Oscar winner deigns to do TV, and based on her past efforts, I have high hopes for The Tower knowing that Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast. The Tower, is a new CBS pilot about a group of Chicago reporters. Marcia Gay Harden is going to play Zoe, the millionaire owner of the newspaper, the leader of the pack.

Since winning the 2001 best supporting Oscar for Pollack, which was directed and co-starred her husband Ed Harris, Marcia's gone back and forth between TV and features. She received another Oscar nom for Mystic River in 2004, and last season did a memorable -- and Emmy nominated -- turn as a determined, driven FBI agent on Law & Order: SVU.

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Law & Order SVU: Informed (season premiere)

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 20th 2006 8:04AM
hailey(S08E01) Good Lord, how disturbing was that opening scene? A girl shows up to the emergency room with a shaved and wounded head. She won't give her name or allow a rape kit even though it's obvious that's what happened to her. All she wants is a morning after pill. Det. Olivia Benson (a very pregnant Mariska Hargitay) catches her as she's leaving the hospital and trails the woman to her apartment. From the super, she learns the girl's name is Hailey. She gets into Hailey's apartment but the woman refuses to give any information and she cries as she gets into the bathtub and washes away all evidence of her rape. Luckily, Olivia is snoopy. As she's leaving the apartment, she swipes the girl's underpants for evidence.

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