Sep 22, 2003  •  Post A Comment


Cameron Diaz will guest star in Fox’s Ricky Blitt comedy pilot. Ms. Diaz will reunite with “There’s Something About Mary” directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, who will executive produce and direct the project. The Farrelly Brothers co-wrote the project with Mr. Blitt.

Mo Rocca (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”) has signed a script deal for a Fox series with 20th Century Fox Television, Brad Grey Television and Fox Broadcasting Co.

Lucy Lawless will co-star in The WB’s “Tarzan” and also inked a development deal with The WB for a series project aimed at fall 2004.

Colm Meaney, Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Patrick, Elliott Gould and Dagmara Dominczyk have joined Chris Noth in the cast of TNT original movie “Bad Apple.” The TV movie, set to premiere in February 2004, is based on Anthony Bruno’s novel. Mr. Noth and Daniel H. Blatt will executive produce.

David Strathairn, Barbara Hershey, James LeGros, Kiersten Warren, Patrick Flueger, Elaine Stritch, Vivienne Benesch, Kirk Acevedo and Anita Barone will star in Showtime’s series pilot “Paradise.” The series centers on a family who runs a worldwide religious ministry. Norman Steinberg wrote and serves as executive producer along with Richard Christian Matheson. Frank Pierson will direct the pilot.


Ron Nyswaner will team up with Tony Krantz and Rodrigo Garcia to produce a medical drama for CBS. Mr. Nyswaner will write the pilot and executive produce along with Mr. Krantz and Mr. Garcia.

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman-Counter (“Alias”) have committed a drama project to ABC. The drama involves a female Secret Service agent who tries to balance her new marriage and job duties. Ken Olin will direct the pilot and Mr. Orci, Mr. Kurtzman-Counter and Francie Calfo will executive produce.


Hyde Park Entertainment, led by producer Ashok Amritraj, is developing a TV series of “Ronin” at CBS. Mr. Amritraj, Rick Ramage and Jon Jashni will executive produce the project. Hyde Park is also working with Lions Gate Television on a series for FX created by Jim Manos. The series is currently titled “Dark Network.” Neil Russell will also executive produce.

Mark Burnett and Ben Silverman are working on a spinoff of “The Restaurant.” The next reality show is called “The Casino,” which gives an inside look to the workings of a casino.

Greg Berlanti (“Everwood”) and Thomas Schlamme have teamed up to executive produce the WB drama series “Jack & Bobby.” The project centers on two teenage sons of a single mom. “Jack & Bobby” is based on an idea from novelist Brad Meltzer and Steve Cohen.


Peter Aronson has stepped down from his post as president of Regency TV, which produces the sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show,” to take over showrunning duties on the series. Mr. Aronson replaces Michael Borkow as executive producer. In March, Mr. Borkow was tapped to replace the show’s creator, Larry Wilmore, in producing duties. Mr. Borkow will maintain his development deal with 20th Century Fox TV.