Mar 1, 2004  •  Post A Comment

George Eads (“CSI”) will play Evel Knievel in TNT’s original movie about the daredevil. Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey will executive produce. Jason Horwitch wrote the screenplay based on the book “Evel Incarnate: The Life & Legend of Evel Knievel” by Steve Mandich. The telefilm is from Icon Productions and Jaffe/Braunstein Films, in association with ApolloProScreen and will start production in April. … William H. Macy will star in TNT’s “The Wool Cap.” Mr. Macy and Steven Schachter co-wrote the script and will serve as producers. Don Rickles, Ned Beatty and Catherine O’Hara will also appear in the film. David Rosemont and Frances Page will executive produce. “The Wool Cap” will premiere in the fall. … Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) has been tapped to star as Dale Earnhardt in ESPN’s original movie “3.” The TV movie is based on the life and career of the auto racing legend. Orly Adelson will serve as executive producer and Russell Mulcahy will direct. “3” will debut in December. … Roma Downey, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Lee Smith will star in “The Survivors Club.” The movie is based on the novel by Lisa Gardner that explores the line between justice and revenge when three women, raped by the same man, band together to form a support group and hire a hit man to kill the rapist. “The Survivors Club” will air March 7 on CBS. … Mary Tyler Moore, Andy Griffith, Marlo Thomas and Danny DeVito will appear at the second annual “TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV.” The award show will air March 17 at 9 p.m. (ET). … Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz will host “Nickelodeon’s 17th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.” The award show honoring kids’ favorites in film, music, sports and television will air April 3 at 8 p.m. (ET). …“Stuttering” John Melendez will lend his voice to Sci Fi’s new animated series “Tripping the Rift.” The series premieres March 4 at 10:30 p.m. (ET). … Bill Pullman and Hayden Panettiere will star in the Disney Channel original movie “Tiger Cruise.” The telefilm is a fictional story inspired by the events aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carrier the USS Constellation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “Tiger Cruise” is scheduled to debut this summer. … Jeff Goldblum, Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber will star in Showtime’s “Spinning Boris.” They play three elite American political consultants hired by a group of Russian businessmen to manage Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s election campaign in 1996. … Radio personality Russ Parr has signed to host TV One’s “Get the Hook-up.” The dating show is expected to air this spring. Mr. Parr is currently the host of “The Russ Parr Morning Show.” TV One is a new cable network targeting African American adults. … Patti LaBelle and Jessica Simpson will appear in “VH1 Divas.” The show will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 18.
Dan Sterling has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Mr. Sterling will develop new comedy projects while he continues as co-executive producer of “King of the Hill.” … Gary Scott Thompson has signed a two-year deal with NBC Studios. Mr. Thompson will continue as the showrunner on NBC’s “Las Vegas” while developing new projects. … Mike Fleiss has created a new reality series titled “The Will,” which is expected to air on CBS. The show focuses on a wealthy family whose members will compete in physical and mental challenges to win rewards and avoid elimination. The last member standing will receive the family inheritance. Casting is under way.
Denis Leary and Jim Serpico will serve as executive producers of Comedy Central’s animated series “Shorties.” Patrice O’Neal and Nick DiPaolo will provide the voices on the animated series about two overly sophisticated and undersupervised infants whose primary babysitter becomes television. Tom Sellitti and Eric Brown will co-executive produce. … Sergio Myers (“Sorority/Fraternity Life”) is producing a new reality series titled “Crash Test.” The show centers on party crashers equipped with hidden cameras. “Crash Test” airs on Spike TV.