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Colin Farrell will make his American prime-time TV debut in an episode of NBC’s “Scrubs.” Mr. Farrell will guest star as Billy Callahan, a life-loving Irishman. The episode is scheduled to air Jan. 25. “Scrubs” is produced by Touchstone Television. Bill Lawrence is the executive producer and creator.

… Spike TV will partner with members of the Maloof family for a new reality series that gives makeovers to struggling family businesses. The as-yet-untitled weekly one-hour series will premiere next year on Spike. The project comes from Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey, who will serve as executive producers, and will be produced by MGM Television in association with Reveille. Brothers Joe and Phil Maloof, Ben Silverman, Andrew Hoegl and Jonathan Singer also executive produce. The Maloofs’ businesses include the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Arco Arena.

… Lisa and Brittny Gastineau are the pampered ex-wife and daughter, respectively, of former NFL player Mark Gastineau. In “Gastineau Girls,” the duo search for romance in New York’s society scene. E! has greenlighted the reality series for its 2005 slate. The half-hour weekly series, produced by True Entertainment, will premiere Feb. 1.

… Hubie Brown has joined ABC Sports as lead analyst on the network’s lead NBA broadcast team. Mr. Brown will work with Al Michaels on a select number of regular-season and playoff games, as well as the NBA Finals. He will also work games with play-by-play voice Mike Breen.

… JoBeth Williams and Rick Schroder will star in TNT’s original drama “14 Hours.” The two-hour telefilm is based on the true story of a Texas hospital besieged by a major storm. “14 Hours” is scheduled to premiere in April and be produced by Cosmic Entertainment, Magna Global Entertainment and Paramount Network Television.

… Michael Madsen, Eddie Cibrian and Chris Bauer have joined the cast of ESPN’s “Tilt.” Set at the fictitious World Poker Championships in Las Vegas, the TV movie explores the drama of high-stakes gambling. “Tilt” will debut Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. (ET).

… Dominic Purcell will appear in the drama pilot “Prison Break” for Fox. The pilot will be directed by Brett Ratner. The pilot was written by Paul Scheuring, who will executive produce along with Dawn Parouse, Marty Adelstein and Mr. Ratner.

… Mercedes Ruehl, Jane Krakowski and Danielle Panabaker will star in Lifetime’s original movie “Just a Baby” (working title). The drama centers on a 16-year-old girl whose life is thrown into turmoil when she has a baby and her mother forces her to keep the birth a secret. “Just a Baby” is produced by Sofronski Productions in association with Von Zerneck/Sertner Films for Lifetime Television and will premiere in the first quarter of 2005.

WRITERS/ PRODUCERS

Writer/executive producer John Eisendrath has signed a two-year overall deal with Touchstone Television. Mr. Eisendrath will co-create, co-write and executive produce a drama pilot titled “The Catch” with J.J. Abrams. The pilot stars Greg Grunberg and Orlando Jones. Mr. Eisendrath is also working on projects for other networks. He has served as executive producer/showrunner on “Alias,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Felicity.”

… Scott Stone and Sharon Levy for Stone Stanley Entertainment are executive producing GSN’s “American Dream Derby.” The reality show is set in the world of thoroughbred horse racing and will focus on contestants and real-life occurrences surrounding race horse training as well as the relationships among owners, jockeys and trainers. The series will premiere in January.

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