Apr 5, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Goran Visnjic (“ER”) will star in USA’s “Spartacus.” The four-hour miniseries is based on Howard Fast’s acclaimed novel. The late Alan Bates, Rhona Mitra, Henry Simmons, Angus MacFadyen and James Frain will also appear in the telefilm directed by Robert Dornhelm. Parts 1 and 2 of “Spartacus” will premiere April 18 and April 19 at 8 p.m. (ET). … J.K. Simmons and Elizabeth Mitchell join the cast of ESPN’s original movie “3.” The telefilm based on the life and career of auto racing legend Dale Earnhardt is scheduled to air Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. (ET).
Hank Saroyan will produce the 8th Annual Prism Awards. Executive producers include Brian Dyak, Lawrence Deutchman and Marie Gallo Dyak. The Prism Awards honor the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in movies, television, video, music, interactive and comic book entertainment. The ceremony will be held April 29 at the Hollywood Palladium, and telecast May 16 on the FX network. … John Shiban will serve as showrunner-executive producer for USA’s drama “Frankenstein.” Lions Gate TV is producing in association with Flame TV. … Bruce Nash has teamed with USA Network on an untitled six-hour series about a fictitious modern world in which the South has won the Civil War. The project is based on MacKinlay Kantor’s book “If the South Had Won the Civil War.”
Carr D’Angelo, head of theatrical production for Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Films, is leaving the company to pursue his own producing projects. Mr. D’Angelo and his wife, screenwriter Susan Avallone, formed Unpainted Pictures, which will focus on feature and TV projects. Mr. D’Angelo will remain attached as executive producer to projects developed at Carsey-Werner-Mandabach.
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