A MONSTER-SIZED recap of the latest Sales, Pick-ups, Attachments, Exits, Deals, Renewals, Cancellations & More, as the upfronts near!
18 shows cast 21 stars, as Marcia Gay Harden shows up to Smother, Jim Caviezel signs on to star in a project from JJ Abrams and Jonah Nolan, Anjelica Huston is the latest to star in a Spielberg effort, 17th Precincnt adds yet another Battlestar alum, while Wonder Woman snags a friend, and John Stamos lands on a Law & Order run.
CBS gets into the JJ Abrams/Jonah Nolan show, Cinemax picks up “24 meets Call of Duty”, and Fox snags a medical drama from NBC. Meanwhile, ABC adds a couple directors, Cinemax adds 3 directors for previously mentioned, CW adds 1 for OC reunion project (of sorts), Fox adds a pair of brothers for Council of Dads, and NBC adds David Slade for Inception-like pilot, and Jeffrey Reiner to bring a certain princess superhero to life!
Lots of casting news & offers out: ABC adds four, and makes offers to two leads, CBS adds a Lost alum to join Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer, Cinemax lands two leads for their first original series in two decades, Comedy Central continues their recasting on Playing With Guns, while NBC eyes a Steve Carell replacement, and makes offers to six others, TNT circles two men for the role of “Chris” and USA adds their first to Over/Under!
ABC picks up two laughers and a mini, HBO hands out a series order, while two shows receive expected returns, and two more suddenly find themselves homeless.