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Kelley to Explore LIFE ON MARS
ABC has signed on for a new David E. Kelley pilot called LIFE ON MARS.
The sci-fi drama is based on a 2006 BBC program of the same name, which centers on a 21st century detective who, following a car crash shortly after his girlfriend is kidnapped by a serial killer, mysteriously finds himself working as a cop in the 1970s.
The first case he tackles seems to have links to the serial killer who nabbed his girlfriend. It's unclear if the detective has gone crazy, traveled through time or is actually still in a coma and dreaming the whole thing. EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS SOUNDS FASCINATING. I'D BE MORE EXCITED IF IT WERE BEING HELMED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN HIT-US-OVER-THE-HEAD-WITH-A-TWOBYFOUR DAVID KELLEY. BUT BEGGARS SHOULDN'T BE CHOOSY, I GUESS?
Fox tacking a year on its 'Prison' term
Two episodes into the spring portion of "Prison Break's" freshman season, Fox has given the suspense drama a full-season pickup for fall.
The first season of the show has chronicled the planning of a prison break by a group of inmates led by two brothers, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and Michael (Wentworth Miller).
Because the season culminates with a group of eight inmates escaping from prison, the second year of the series will have a brand new story line.
"Season 1 was the prison break, and Season 2 will be the manhunt," series creator-executive producer Paul Scheuring said in a phone interview from New Mexico where he is scouting locations for the show's second season. "It will be 'The Fugitive' times eight. We're going to be scattering our escapees to the four corners of the country, using various modes of transportation, planes, trains and automobiles. Basically it's going to be the second half of 'The Great Escape.' " EDITOR'S NOTE: BUSY HAVING SOMETHING I JOKINGLY REFER TO AS 'A LIFE', I GOT WEEKS AND WEEKS BEHIND ON THIS SHOW. I AM NOW GETTING CAUGHT UP AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. (IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WATCHING IT, GET IT WHEN IT COMES OUT ON DVD.) IT IS WONDERFUL. AND THEY OUGHT TO BOTTLE THOSE SMOKEY EYES OF WENTWORTH MILLER. (YUM).
Grammer to direct; Brady set to 'Flirt'
Kelsey Grammer has been tapped to direct the CBS comedy pilot "My Ex-Life."
Meanwhile, the CW has picked up the comedy pilot "Flirt," starring Wayne Brady.
In other casting news, Bo Derek has joined My Network TV's drama series "Secret Obsessions," Constance Zimmer has come on board ABC's comedy pilot "52 Fights," and Danielle Panabaker has been added to the cast of CBS' drama pilot "Shark."
"My Ex-Life" revolves around two divorced couples and the way they deal with their lives after divorce. The show, from 20th Century Fox TV, stars Tom Cavanagh and Gillian Vigman.
Gilpin set as other woman in ABC's 'Age'
Peri Gilpin has joined Heather Locklear in ABC's comedy pilot "Women of a Certain Age." EDITOR'S NOTE: THE SHOCKING THING IS THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY AGE-APPROPRIATE FOR THAT TITLE. (OF COURSE, MOST OF US IN THE SAME DEMO DON'T LOOK QUITE LIKE EITHER OF THEM. GRRRRRR).
In other pilot castings, Christina Chang has been cast in Fox's comedy pilot "Union Jackass," Jane Lynch and Brad Raider have come on board ABC's untitled sisters comedy pilot, Connie Stevens has been tapped to co-star in Fox's comedy pilot "The Wedding Album," Chris Diamantopoulos has been added to the ABC comedy pilot "52 Fights," and Danielle Nicolet has joined the cast of CBS' comedy pilot "The Weekend."
"Women of a Certain Age," from Touchstone TV, stars Locklear as a widowed woman who embarks on a new life with her two best friends.