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Big Shot TV Producers Aren't Straying From Familiar Territory, And Why Not?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 8th 2010 7:00PM
If you're one of the fortunate few who make it big in the television biz, shouldn't you take the opportunity to use that cushy cushion you have built for yourself and take a big risk on something exciting and new? Not if you're one of these big television producers.

Big shots like Shawn Ryan, David E. Kelley, and Shonda Rhimes all have pilots in the can that don't seem to stray much farther from the shows that made them the big shots that they are today.

For instance, Ryan, creator of the groundbreaking FX cop drama 'The Shield,' has another cop drama premiering with Fox called 'Ridealong.' Kelley, the writer/producer behind 'The Practice' and 'Boston Legal,' has created a reality drama for NBC called 'Kindred.' Even Rhimes, the woman behind ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy,' has another medical drama show for ABC called 'Off the Map.' Is ABC looking to create an all-medical soap opera cable channel in the coming year?

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Julianne Moore, Maria Bello Among Big Name Talent on Nets' "Wish List"

by Audrey Fine, posted Jan 27th 2010 1:00PM
Julianne MooreOnce upon a time, hot shot movie actors would never have deigned to stoop so low as to appear on -- gasp --- TV, but thanks to big screen talent like Glen Close ('Damages'), Alec Baldwin ('30 Rock') and Laurence Fishburne ('CSI) having made the leap, more and more "A listers" have begun to think of the old boob tube as less, well, boob-y.

In fact, during any given pilot season, the networks compile a "wish list" of movie stars they'd love to get their mitts on and this year's no different. The Hollywood Reporter details that this time 'round, Oscar nominee Julianne Moore and indie darling Maria Bello rest atop the list for several of the more meaty female roles.

It seems that Moore, who's been dipping her toes into the television pool with a [much-mailgned] guest arc on '30 Rock' would be the dream addition to the Peacock net's take on PBS' long-running 'Prime Suspect.' ABC, too, has its eyes on Moore for its upcoming comedic drama 'Scoundrels' but has also approached Bello and former box office heavyweight-turned-compulsive-tweeter, Demi Moore about the role of a mom who tries to get her family of small-time criminals back on the straight and narrow.

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Fox Orders Cop Pilot From Shawn Ryan

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 6th 2010 11:15AM
Look for another gritty crime drama this fall from Shawn Ryan, the man behind 'The Shield' and 'Lie to Me.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has agreed to a pilot for Ryan's new series, 'Ridealong.' Like Ryan's other popular dramas, 'Ridealong' would center around a charismatic maverick, in this case, a Polish-American Chicago cop, one of the city's toughest.

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Jon Gosselin Interview Canceled & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 10th 2009 1:00PM
Jon GosselinE! will not air its exclusive interview with 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' star Jon Gosselin, according to a network spokesperson. The interview has reportedly been canceled for reasons yet to be determined.

Also in the news today: ABC moves 'V''s premiere date, while Hilary Duff books a new ABC Family movie.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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