Oct 20, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will host Game Show Network’s “Freakiest Freak Fest.” The Halloween-themed three-hour programming marathon will air Oct. 26 and repeat Oct. 31 starting at 9 p.m. (ET). … Alyson Hannigan (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) has inked a talent deal with NBC to star in a comedy project set for fall 2004. … DJ Qualls (“The New Guy”) has inked a talent holding/development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. Fox plans to develop an autobiographical half-hour comedy. … John Caparulo has inked a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox TV. He was signed to a one-year deal to develop a comedy show based on his stand-up act. … Country music artist Clint Black will guest star on ABC’s “Hope & Faith.” Mr. Black will play Randy Richter, Hope’s (Faith Ford) high school flame who dumped her 18 years ago. The episode will air during November sweeps. … Ally Hilfiger and Jaime Gleicher will appear in MTV’s new series “Rich Girls.” The eight-episode series follows the lives of the two privileged New York City teenagers. The series will air Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m. … Shannen Doherty has signed a deal with Gavin Polone’s Pariah TV to star in a half-hour comedy project.
Writers & Producers
Kevin Falls and Dan Sackheim have been named co-showrunners of NBC’s “The Lyon’s Den.” Brad Grey Television and 20th Century Fox TV recently asked former showrunner Remi Aubuchon to step down. It was reported that creative differences were the reason for the change and that Mr. Aubuchon would remain with the show as a writer/producer. … Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment has inked a pilot deal with NBC. The independent production company will develop three scripts and shoot for one pilot for the 2004-05 season. Mr. Cooper hired Scott Vila to head Landscape’s new TV division. … Jon Maas will write and executive produce a telefilm about former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair for Showtime. The film has been described as a dark comedy exploring the story of Mr. Blair. The film is based in part on articles written by former Newsweek reporter Seth Mnookin. … Peter Buchman is writing and executive producing “The Kennedys.” Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola will also serve as executive producers of the hour-long drama series. ABC and Touchstone Television have teamed for the project. ABC has made a premium script commitment to the project and ordered 22 episodes. “The Kennedys” will revolve around several generations of America’s famous political family. … Jeff Kline has signed a two-year development deal with Touchstone TV and signed a separate deal with Walt Disney Television Animation. Mr. Kline and Touchstone are working on a police drama at Fox in collaboration with writer Rene Echevarria for fall 2004. … Terence Winter (“The Sopranos”) has inked a three-year overall development deal with HBO. Mr. Winter will develop new drama and comedy projects for HBO. … Steven de Souza is writing a drama for CBS titled “The Basement Boys,” about a team of forensic anthropologists who solve mysteries. Mr. de Souza is scripting the project for the independent production company Sander/Moses Productions. … Matt Dorff has scripted “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels.”