Apr 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment


Justin Kirk (“Angels in America”) has joined the cast of Showtime’s “Weeds.” The comedy series, produced by Lions Gate Television, stars Mary Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon. “Weeds” is scheduled to premiere this summer. … Sela Ward will guest star in the last two episodes of “House” on Fox. Ms. Ward will also return next season in a recurring role. Her episodes will air May 17 and 24. … Ron Dibble has joined FSN’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” The former Cincinnati Reds pitcher started April 11. Fox announced that a former NFL player is also expected to join the show, hosted by Chris Rose and co-hosted by John Salley. … Shannen Doherty (“Scare Tactics”) is in talks to star in UPN’s comedy pilot “Wingwoman.” The pilot centers on a single woman, played by Ms. Doherty, who helps her male clients find love. Reagan Gomez-Preston (“Beauty Shop”) will co-star in the project, currently in development. … Shannon Elizabeth (“Cuts”), Eddie McClintock (“A.U.S.A.”) and Geoff Stults (“7th Heaven”) will star in Lifetime’s original movie “Confessions of an American Bride.” The telefilm is produced by First Light Productions in association with Alexander/Enright & Associates for Lifetime Television and premieres May 9.


Caryn Mandabach has signed a development deal with British broadcaster BBC. Ms. Mandabach will develop five comedy scripts for BBC and set up a United Kingdom-based production company, Caryn Mandabach Productions. Her company will retain complete ownership of all projects and their respective formats.


Dennis Johnson joins GSN as executive director of publicity and corporate communications. Mr. Johnson will oversee the network’s “Extreme Dodgeball” series, acquisitions, and aspects of publicity for the networks’ casino programming, and series development. He will report to Cindy Ronzoni, VP of publicity and corporate communications.

… Faye Katz was named Showtime’s VP of entertainment public relations. Ms. Katz will oversee the creation and execution of publicity and media outreach campaigns for the original series and movie programming. She previously served as director of consumer public relations for Showtime Networks. Ms. Katz will continue to report to Robin McMillan, senior VP of public relations. … Sue Johnson has been promoted to VP of talent development and East Coast programming for ABC Daytime. Ms. Johnson will serve as network programming and creative liaison for the ABC Daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” She joined ABC Daytime as executive assistant to the division’s president in 1993.

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