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Johnny Depp Books a Guest Role, the Aquabats Get TV Series and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2011 11:00AM
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp is heading to TV! Want to see his guest role? Hope you have BBC2!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Depp will guest on the Ricky Gervais–produced 'Life's Too Short.'

'Life's Too Short' stars Warwick Davis as a dwarf who runs a talent agency for other dwarf stars. Gervais indicated other big name stars will stop by the sitcom, but Jerry Seinfeld will not.

In other casting news ...

Ed Harris will play John McCain in HBO's 'Game Change.' The Oscar nominee will star opposite Julianne Moore (as Sarah Palin) in the TV movie from the men behind 'Recount.' [Entertainment Weekly]

Eliza Dushku has joined Damon Wayans in a CBS comedy pilot. Dushku will play Casey, a radio sidekick to Damon Wayans' host character. [TVLine]

'Buffy' star Anthony Stewart Head has booked a role in NBC's 'Free Agents.' Head originated the role of cocky boss Stephen in the U.K. version of the series will reprise the role in the new pilot. [Hollywood Reporter]

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News Roundup: Meredith Vieira Might Not Return to 'Today,' HBO Could Pick Up Tea Leoni Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 15th 2010 1:30PM
Meredith VieiraWhen Meredith Vieira's contract is up at the end of 2011, the 'Today' host said she might not return to the show.

But don't be afraid of a Vieira-less morning just yet: She hasn't actually made the decision to stay or go. "I'll know when it's time to go, and I'm not afraid to go," she told Ladies' Home Journal. "If I were to leave at the end of next year because it's time for me, I wouldn't jump into another show."

Vieira has co-hosted 'Today' since Katie Couric's departure in 2006.

In other TV news ...

The '30 Rock' live episode delivered the show's best ratings of the season. The comedy was up 43 percent from last week with a 3.0 rating. [Vulture]

ABC announced premiere dates for 'V' and 'Skating With the Stars.' 'V' will return for its second season on Jan. 4, while the 'Dancing With the Stars' spinoff will start out in the post-'DWTS' slot on Nov. 22, then move into its predecessor's place on Dec. 6. [Deadline Hollywood]

NBC's reboots of 'The Rockford Files' and 'Prime Suspect' will not premiere at midseason. According to sources, neither show made the cut for this season, but the pilots are being re-developed for fall 2011 consideration. [Hollywood Insider]

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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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Short-Lived Shows: Flying Blind

by Joel Keller, posted May 25th 2006 12:24PM
Flying BlindAdam's post about Herman's Head (which was one of my favorite shows during my college years, by the way) got me thinking of the FOX Sunday lineup in those heady days when The Simpsons was still considered subversive and FOX was as small as The CW. Ironically, between Bart and Co., Married... With Children, and Herman's Head, the lineup was probably a lot stronger then than it is now, even though FOX is now a bigger network with more resources to create quality programming.

Part of that early-nineties Sunday lineup was Flying Blind (1992-93), which starred (a very red-headed and very hot) Téa Leoni and Corey Parker as a mismatched couple making their way through the early days of their relationship. Leoni played the firery ingenue Alicia, full of life and adventurous as hell. Parker was nebbishy Neil, who seemed to fumble and stumble over every sentence but was devoted to Alicia. I mean, who wouldn't? She was just about perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I always wondered why she was ever with Neil to begin with.

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