A foursome of producers from the NBC cult favorite “Homicide: Life on the Street” – Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Jim Finnerty and James Yoshimura – have begun casting for their new television series effort, FilmJerk.com has learned. Now known as “The Jury” (the project was formerly known as “The Circuit”), filming for the pilot episode will begin December 1 in New York.
On Friday morning, it was announced that NBC had shut down further production of it’s critically-lambasted and low-rated “Coupling.” By that afternoon, sources tell FilmJerk.com, production was in full swing for the next intended BBC adaptation for U.S. audiences, “The Office.” According to our sources, a targeted February 2 lensing start for the half-hour pilot is in the cards and casting documents are now out to agents for the series’ lead characters.
Britney Spears’ latest endeavor is moving forward at Disney’s ABC Family channel. FilmJerk.com has learned through several sources that the adaptation of “A Mother’s Gift” has locked in a filming start date of January 7 in Toronto, with the production is now looking to cast the lead roles for the two-hour movie-of-the-week. Based on the 2001 semi-autographical book Spears co-wrote with her mother Lynne, shooting will take place there for 4 weeks.
USA Network’s “The Dead Zone,” based on the novel by Stephen King, is now gearing up for its third season with the introduction of a new series regular that will help shape a season-long arc. According to FilmJerk.com sources, and backed up by casting notes that we were able to obtain, the one-hour series that stars Anthony Michael Hall is looking to fill the role of Rebecca Sanders for its third season.
Although the current season of the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Stargate SG-1” has not yet ended – the mid-season cliffhanger aired in late August and the series will resume its run in January – FilmJerk.com sources indicate that the eighth season of the space drama will begin shooting February 2004 in Vancouver and that two new series regulars will join the mix.
USA Network has set its sights on the Scott Peterson case, with sources telling FilmJerk.com that production on a movie-of-the-week entitled “A Perfect Husband” will begin filming on or around November 3 in San Diego. Continuing its tradition of presenting telepics torn from the headlines, producers are trying to hire actors and actresses who bear a resemblance to the some of the real-life people in the Peterson case, but are “not looking for absolute look-alikes.” The telepic is said to be scheduled to air sometime in 2004.