Mar 15, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Judy Davis, above left, and Richard Dreyfuss, above right, will star in Showtime’s “Coast to Coast.” The drama-comedy centers on a couple exploring the ups and downs of their out-of-control marriage during a cross-country road trip. Selma Blair, Saul Rubinek, John Salley, Paul Mazursky, Fred Ward and Maximilian Schell will also star in the telefilm, scheduled to premiere April 4 at 8 p.m. (ET). … Marlo Thomas and William Devane will star in Lifetime’s original movie “Deceit.” The thriller is about a grieving widow who falls under suspicion after her wealthy husband disappears at sea. Ms. Thomas is serving as executive producer, and John Sacret Young, who wrote the script, is executive producer and director. “Deceit” is based on the BBC miniseries adaptation of Clare Francis’ novel. … Joseph Lawrence, Maggie Lawson and Marilu Henner will appear in the ABC Family movie “The Rules of Engagement.” The romantic comedy will premiere in June. Kevin Lafferty will produce the project and Joel Rice will serve as executive producer. … Hugh Jackman will host “The 58th Annual Tony Awards,” which will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The awards show will air June 6 at 8 p.m. (ET) on CBS. … Laura Linney will guest star in four episodes of NBC’s “Frasier” as a potential love interest for Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer). She will make her first appearance March 23. … Joan Van Ark will join the cast of CBS daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” starting April 6. Ms. Van Ark will play Gloria Fisher, the mother of characters Michael Baldwin and Kevin Fisher. … Vivica A. Fox will replace lead actress Gloria Reuben in Lifetime’s drama series “1-800-Missing.” Ms. Fox will co-star with Caterina Scorsone as an FBI agent who is willing to bend any rule to solve a missing person case. … Jill Arrington has joined ESPN, where she will be a sideline reporter on “College Football Thursday” and provide features for “College GameDay” and “SportsCenter.”
Kris Curry (“The Family”) and Rich Fox (“Big Brother”) produced Showtime’s “Tribute: A Rockumentary.” The documentary delves into the subculture of tribute bands for KISS, Judas Priest, the Monkees and Queen. Steven Soderbergh served as executive producer. “Tribute” will premiere April 5 at 9 p.m. (ET). … Arnold Shapiro, Allison Grodner, Jay Blumenfield and Anthony Marsh are executive producers of a talent competition show that features Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott. Contestants will join Ms. Elliott on the road for her upcoming concert tour and compete for the chance to become a hip-hop superstar. The untitled show is produced by Shapiro/Grodner Productions in association with Monami/Violator Productions. Ms. Elliott is co-executive producer. … Rob Cohen is executive producer of USA action film “The Last Ride,” which he developed with General Motors’ Pontiac division. Dennis Hopper will play the lead role, with Will Patton, Chris Carmack and Fred Ward also starring. The telefilm is in pre-production and is scheduled to air in the second quarter. … Charles Eglee will write and executive produce a four-hour miniseries version of “Scarface” for USA. The miniseries will feature a black cast and is set in Los Angeles during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Production could begin this fall for a possible 2005 debut. … Kim Rozenfeld executive produced VH1’s “You Rock With …,” a series that gives one fan the opportunity to perform with his or her favorite artist. “You Rock With …” will premiere March 22 at 10 p.m. (ET).
Jason Moore has signed to direct the ABC telefilm “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are executive producing the project, set to air in 2005. … Dan Curtis will direct Showtime’s “Our Fathers,” an original film about the pedophilia scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. The film is based on Newsweek editor David France’s reporting. Casting is under way, with pre-production scheduled to begin in April.
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