Jan 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Lindsey Haun (“The Color of Friendship”) has landed the lead role in a TV movie based on Britney and Lynne Spears’ book “A Mother’s Gift.” Production for the ABC Family telepic is under way. Lynne Spears will executive produce the project and Bobby Roth (“The Elizabeth Smart Story”) is directing. … Beyonce Knowles will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII, and Janet Jackson will perform in the Super Bowl halftime show at Reliant Stadium in Houston. MTV is producing the halftime show, which will air Sunday, Feb. 1, on CBS. … William H. Macy will star in a project for Showtime tentatively titled “The Accountant and the Stripper.” The project is based on the true story of Florida accountant Lew Berman. Steven Schachter (“Door to Door”) will direct the project, which is in development. … Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) will host the second annual “TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV.” The two-hour awards show will be taped March 7 at the Hollywood Palladium and will air March 17 at 9 p.m. (ET) on TV Land. … Jenna Elfman (“Dharma & Greg”) will guest star on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” during February sweeps. Ms. Elfman plays a smart, sexy and mysterious woman who comes between characters Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and Alan (Jon Cryer). “Two and a Half Men” airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. (ET). … Nia Peeples (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) will star in a Lifetime Television pilot, “The Coven.” The drama centers on two women who are chosen to fight witchcraft. Paula Devicq (“Party of Five”) and Illeana Douglas (“Message in a Bottle”) have also been added to the cast.
Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone Productions is working on a drama pilot for HBO titled “Big Love.” Will Schaffer (“In the Gloaming”) and Mark Olsen wrote the script. Mr. Schaffer and Mr. Olsen will executive produce along with Mr. Hanks and Mr. Goetzman. … Vince Van Patten (“World Poker Tour”) has inked a deal with LMNO Productions to develop and host a poker reality show titled “Poker Dogs.” The show will feature professional poker players in a competition series.
Edmonds Entertainment (“Soul Food”) has produced a 13-week reality series called “College Hill” for BET. The series follows the lives of eight black coeds at Louisiana’s Southern University. “College Hill” is scheduled to debut 9 p.m. (ET) Jan. 28. … Daniel Elias and David Houts are executive producing a new series tentatively titled “Dearly Departed” for A&E. “Dearly Departed” is scheduled to premiere in spring 2004. … Ashton Kutcher will co-executive produce hidden-camera comedy “My New Best Friend” for MTV. Mr. Kutcher’s Katalyst Films is developing the show.
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