Nov 10, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Former Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter (above) has agreed to host “The Commies,” Comedy Central’s first awards show. The program will be taped Nov. 22 at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. “The Commies” will air Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. (ET). … Alan Rickman and Mos Def will star in HBO’s original movie “Something the Lord Made.” The movie tells the story of heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas. … Dave Chappelle will star in a number of hour-long comedy specials for Showtime. Mr. Chappelle is currently in production of the second season of his Comedy Central series “Chappelle’s Show,” which will premiere in January. … Billy Campbell has inked a talent holding deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. to star in a drama project for the network. The project is targeted for fall 2004. … Tom Selleck will play President Dwight Eisenhower in a two-hour telefilm for A&E. The telefilm will focus on the events leading up to D-Day. The film will be produced by A&E and Sony Pictures Television and is tentatively titled “Eisenhower: Thunder in June.” … Kid Rock, Carmen Electra, Drea De Matteo, Jesse James and Hank Williams Jr. will appear in VH1’s “A Kid Rock Christmas.” The 90-minute special will include performances by Kid Rock and The Pussycat Dolls. The show will air Dec. 14 on VH1. … Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors will reunite for “The Andy Griffith Reunion: Back to Mayberry.” Mr. Griffith will host and narrate the hour-long special that will air 8 p.m. (ET) Nov. 11 on CBS. … Macaulay Culkin has signed a talent holding/development deal with NBC. NBC will create several projects with Mr. Culkin. … Dean Cain will portray accused murderer Scott Peterson in USA Network’s telefilm “The Perfect Husband.” Dee Wallace-Stone, Tim Quill and David Denman will also appear in the movie from the Sony Pictures TV. “Perfect Husband” will focus on the story of Mr. Peterson, who is charged with killing his pregnant wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son.
Robert Kosberg has signed an exclusive development deal with Nash Entertainment. Mr. Kosberg will spearhead movie and telefilm development for the company.
Gary Randall has inked a one-year overall deal with Touchstone Television. Mr. Randall will produce two dramas targeted for fall 2004. The projects include “Mi Familia” and “Brothers Keepers,” both with script commitments from ABC. Mr. Randall has also teamed with “Nash Bridges” executive producers Carlton Cuse and John Wirth to produce a drama for NBC. … Barry Josephson, Denise Di Novi and Aaron Spelling are developing drama projects for UPN. Mr. Josephson, Ms. Di Novi and Mr. Spelling, along with J.F. Lawton and Rob Thomas, are working on numerous drama scripts for the network set for fall 2004. … Bruno Heller, William MacDonald, John Milius, Gareth Neame (BBC head of drama commissioning) and Anne Thomolpoulos (HBO senior VP of original programming) will executive produce the historical drama “Rome.” The 12-episode season of “Rome” is slated for HBO and BBC2 in 2005. … David Armour (“Classmates”) is joining Adam Freeman and Ryan Seacrest as an executive producer for “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”
Paul Wernick, executive producer, creator and writer of Spike TV’s “The Joe Schmo Show,” has signed with Endeavor for representation in all areas.