Aug 11, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Serena Williams, 2003 Wimbledon champion, will guest star on Showtime’s original series “Street Time.” Ms. Williams will play a reformed gang member on parole. The episode is scheduled to air Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. (ET). Wendy Crewson (“What Lies Beneath”) is joining the third-season cast of “24” in a recurring role. Ms. Crewson will also star opposite Tom Selleck in the CBS TV movie “Twelve Mile Road” and plays an abused wife in Showtime’s “Jack.” Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner”) will appear in two episodes of The WB’s “Smallville.” Mr. Hauer will play an underworld kingpin. Marcia Cross (“Melrose Place”) has booked a 10-episode appearance on the WB series “Everwood.” Ms. Cross will play Dr. Linda Abbott, sister of Dr. Harold Abbott (Tom Amandes). Sarah Lancaster (“Scrubs”) will play a recurring role on “Everwood” as the new baby sitter for Delia Brown (Vivien Cardone). Nicole Paggi (“Providence”) will play Sydney, Faith Ford’s 15-year-old daughter, on ABC’s “Hope and Faith.” Ms. Paggi will replace Brie Larson. Jansen Panettiere has been cast to play Ms. Ford’s son. Mr. Panettiere replaces Slade Pearce. Phillip Rhys (“24”) has joined the cast of FX drama “Nip/Tuck.” Mr. Rhys will play a potential love interest of Dr. Sean McNamara’s (Dylan Walsh) wife, Julie (Joely Richardson).
Chris Brancato and Bert Salke (“Boomtown”) inked a deal with NBC to produce an hour-long crime drama titled “Money.” The series revolves around FBI and Treasury Department agents who target big-time criminals. Mr. Brancato and Mr. Salke will write and executive produce the project for fall 2004. Greg Daniels, co-creator of Fox’s “King of the Hill,” has inked a deal to adapt BBC comedy “The Office.” Mr. Daniels will develop the series for Ben Silverman’s Universal-based Reveille production banner. The project has not yet been set up at a network.
Andy Ackerman has signed a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Mr. Ackerman will executive produce CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” and direct all episodes in the show’s 13-episode order and two WBTV pilots a year.
Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) signed a two-year deal with Warner Bros. Television to develop and produce scripted programming. Mr. Burnett’s producing partner Conrad Riggs will assist in developing scripted projects and continue to oversee reality development and business operations.
Chevy Chase has signed with International Creative Management for representation in both television and film. He had been represented by Creative Artists Agency. Nigella Lawson, TV host and renowned cook, has signed with Creative Artists Agency for representation. Emily Whitesall, consulting producer on NBC’s “American Dreams,” has signed with Endeavor. n
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Laura Regan (“They”) has been tapped to play U.S. Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch in the NBC telefilm “Saving Jessica Lynch.” Glenn Howerton (“That ’80s Show”) has joined the “ER” cast, playing a medical intern. Mr. Howerton’s character will have a recurring role with the possibility of becoming a regular. Justin Bartha (“Gigli”) has signed a talent holding deal with John Wells Productions. The Warner Bros. Television-based company will place Mr. Bartha in a series project targeted for fall 2004. Mr. Bartha will also star in HBO movie “Strip Search.” Chyler Leigh (“Girls Club”) has inked a talent holding deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. Kristoffer Polaha and Amanda Righetti, both stars of Fox drama pilot “No Place Like Home,” have signed holding deals with Fox.
Bruce Nash and Brian Gadinsky (“Mr. Personality”) signed with Fox to produce a new relationship-based reality show, tentatively titled “Love Again.” Julia Hanan Carruthers was named executive producer of the ABC soap opera “All My Children.” Ms. Carruthers has been the executive producer of “Port Charles,” which was canceled and will end its run this fall.
Also joining Endeavor is writer Edward Allen Bernero, co-creator and executive producer of NBC’s “Third Watch.”