Amy’s Casting Call for December 8, 2002

Casting calls and news items in the film and TV community come in each day here to FJ. Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve.

On the Boob Tube…

  • On an upcoming episode of “Boomtown,” the mafia sets up one of their own as a police officer to act as an informant. Titled “Stormwatch”, this dirty cop turns cop killer…
  • The Ebola virus is making an appearance on “The District” episode 2.13 called “Sacrifices” causing the station to be quarantined…
  • Orgies abound on “Judging Amy” episode 4.14 “Wild Card”. Maxine must fight to keep a child away from her wild, wild parents…
  • Carrie and Doug have major mold in their basement, and have called in a pushy Russian mold expert named Stanislaus to handle it, in episode 5.16 of “King of Queens” entitled “Steve Moscow”…
  • The Discovery Channel is looking for handymen to make over ordinary homes in to Monster Houses on a building show that sounds too over the top for even Trading Spaces’ Hildy…
  • Hyde gets a new job as a chef, and Kelso tries miserably to flirt his way out of a parking ticket on episode 5.18 of “That 70s Show” called “Hey Hey What Can I Do”…
  • Brian Doyle-Murray guest stars on “Yes Dear” as Greg’s boss who kindly lets Greg visit his secret beach house hideaway…
  • Hey, Hey there’s new Monkees! NBC is looking for John, Paul, Larry and Ringo (!) to star in a musical comedy boy band show. As usual with the Monkees, musical talent is a plus, but not required…
  • CBS and Sony pictures are working on a new 3 hour mini series on the life of Lucille Ball called Redhead…
  • Anthony Anderson, from “Barbershop” and the upcoming “Kangaroo Jack,” gets his own sitcom pilot, “All About The Andersons,” in which he plays a single father who lives at home and dreams of a better life for him and his son. Anthony’s barber father Earl is a cranky Archie Bunker-type without the prejudices, his mother Pearl runs a local hair salon and his eight year old Tuga is a precocious young man who also acts as his father’s emotional anchor…
  • An old friend of Sara’s turns up on “CSI” in an episode called “One Hit Wonder”. Sara tries to find the person who shot her friend years ago, while Grissom and Catherine track a peeping tom.
  • “Enterprise” finds an Enolian prison vessel on an episode entitled “Canamar”…
  • An old pal of Phoebe’s tries to mug her and Ross, before he recognizes her! This “Friends” is “The One With Monica’s Appetizer”…
  • “Hack” is getting a new recurring cast member named Emily on episode 13. Funny, sexy, charming…she may be just what Hack needs…
  • ABC is offering a mid season replacement called “Miracles.” Skeet Ulrich returns from his self-imposed retirement as a seminarian who debunks fake miracles and sightings of Jesus in a bagel. His life changes when an actual miracle is witnessed, and a shady organization pulls him in to investigate more religious mysteries. Scottish hunk Angus MacFadyen co-stars…
  • “NYPD Blue” has McDowell and Ortiz investigate a couple of rapes in this year’s thirteenth episode, as things begin to look bleak for John Clark…
  • Could Jeff Goldblum be coming to your living roomr Carsey Werner is looking for him, or someone like him, to play the a father who drags his family to Europe as hilarity ensues for their untitled “Europe project”…
  • On “Angel” episode 4.13 “Salvage,” Angelus (yep!) is rounding up a posse of old acquaintances to help him go after the beast…
  • “The Shield” episode 2.07, “Barnstormers,” involves a complicated wife beating case and a real estate swindle that may have lead to murder…
  • And Adam Rifkin is working on a new reality show, “Welcome To Hollywood,” described as “Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Jackass”. Rifkin will choose one performer and then groom him or her to become America’s next movie superstar. The guy, who will be 18 to 24, needs to have movie star good looks, killer smile, and charm to burn. Like Johnny Knoxville, he will need to be an accomplished prankster. The gal, also 18 to 24, needs to be “an absolute 10, with a perfect smile, terrific figure, and a great sense of humor. She needs to be a risk-taker like Cameron Diaz in “There’s Something About Mary.” Yeah, I’ll let your imagination run with that for now…

On the silver screen…

  • Fox and director Shawn Levy will remake the 1950’s comedy “Cheaper By The Dozen” beginning February 24. Tom and Mary Baker are married with twelve children, who are satisfied with their lives, even though they both put their career ambitions on hold for a while. With the eldest, 22 year old Anne, out of the house and the youngest, twins Nigel and Kyle ready for pre-school, things come together when Tom gets a job coaching Northwestern football and Mary gets her book published. A move to a new city and the increased demands on their parents mean that the eleven children remaining at home feel shortchanged and angry. Yes, it’s a comedy…
  • Fox is also prepping Alex Proyas’ latest film, an untitled sci-fi epic concerning a cyber-being from the future. The 12 week shoot begins in Vancouver in April…
  • Kevin DeNovis, who previously made the 1998 drama “Surrender Dorothy,” begins shooting his mockumentary “Death and Texas” this February. Story concerns the carnival-like events surrounding the trial and execution of a famous wide receiver who is about to be executed for the murder of a convenience store clerk, who (with the backing of his former team) wants to play one last game before his date with lethal injection…
  • Rocky Lang, the son of famed 70s film producer Jennings Lang, returns from a twelve year absence with “The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth,” based on the true story of a 17-year-old female pitching phenomenon in the Depression-hit Chattanooga of 1931, who gets the chance of a lifetime when she is selected to face Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in a nationally publicized exhibition game…
  • Oz, Jill, Cynthia and Jimmy the Tulip are all back for “The Whole Ten Yards.” Kidnapping, cons, and double-crosses plague Oz’s latest involvement with hitman Jimmy the Tulip as they reteam to battle against their old nemesis, Chicago crime boss, Lazlo Gogolak…
  • Casting on “Van Helsing” isn’t quite complete, as the search for Dr. Victor Frankenstein continues with the production start date just four weeks away…
  • Daryl Hannah, Eric Mabius, Brad Renfro and Dominique Swain will star in Kenny Golde’s debut feature film “The Job.” Pic concerns hit woman CJ March (Hannah) who experiences doubts in her profession after discovering she is pregnant. Her boss Vernon, unconcerned with CJ’s condition, orders her to retrieve a cache of drugs and kill anyone who gets in her way. Her ordeal only worsens when she comes into contact with derelict Troy Riverside (Renfro) and his pregnant wife Emily (Swain)…
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