Amy’s Casting Couch for Febuary 13, 2003

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. Today’s call includes notices on 26 upcoming television shows, including “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “C.S.I.,” “Fastlane,” “Law and Order” and “One Life To Live.”

On the Boob Tube…

10-8: Rico is a young man of the streets of New York, who decides to turn over a new leaf and become LAPD. Produced by Aaron Spelling, expect all the cast to be hotties.

Alias: In “A Dark Turn” episode 668, Sark’s double is revealed. He is a Spanish speaker from Panama, at least until the genetic re-engineering. Alias is also looking for a new semi-regular cast member, Gadget Girl, who is a hip and funky techie, one I pray will fall for Marshall.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: We’re getting close to the end, and starting with the currently untitled episode 18, there’ll be at least one new person in Sunnyvale. Caleb is a fallen preacher, quietly convinced he’s on the side of right. He is seductive, sexual and cold as steel. But whose side is Caleb on? He’s in for the final five episode arc, so we’ll probably not know until the end. (And don’t forget to check out our scoop about Buffy episode 7.21)

Chasing Alice: Elle Kensington’s sister Alice goes missing in New York. Elle must travel down the rabbit hole from London to NYC and the search for her sister takes a most Lewis Carroll turn.

The Circle: This pilot for ABC is about a sheriff in a quirky small Alaskan town. Please, please have a “Northern Exposure” vibe. I miss that show.

C.S.I.: Episode 318, “Precious Metal” has our crew investigating a murder at a Battlebot like competition. Looks to be a very fun ep.

The Edge FBI Agents Zoe and Trey team up with Rique an undercover DEA agent. They are all in their 20s and sexy and cute. They are supervised by The Ghost, a scary, Hell’s Angel looking undercover FBI agent. I’m getting a “Fastlane” vibe.

Family Friends: Shooting for the WB, it’s the new Kate and Allie. A single mom and her married friend move their families in together. The husband doesn’t like this one bit.

Fastlane: Deac’s father tries to reach out after the death of his other son. Also, Van and Deaq must go after SuperG, an arms dealer described thusly “if Snoop Dogg and Tony Montana had a son, SuperG would kick that baby’s ass.”

Fearless: Born without the gene for fear (how is that genetic???), Gaia Moore is an FBI agent. Her partners can’t figure her out, but her lack of fear is disturbing but comes in handy

Footsteps: This Movie of the Week brings Candace Bergen back to our living rooms as a writer who is being stalked. She must take on the characteristics of her fictional detective to thwart her enemies and crazed fans.

Hench at Home: Written by Michael J. Fox, Hench is a retired hockey legend who is now a stay at home dad. Though his parenting style is unconventional (read, wacky), he loves being home with his hockey playing twins and 4 year old toddler.

Hotel: Remember that ABC show from the mid 80s with that guy who’s now married to Barbra Streisand? The one that was like a land-locked “Love Boat,” with loads of B level guest stars like Erin Moran and Morgan Fairchild? Well, lucky you. It’s coming back, albeit in a much different form to resonate with a new generation of viewers. This time, a group of friends all work at the same Hamptons hotel. Shot as sort of an “Upstairs/Downstairs” showing the division between the staff and the guests. Come on, it’s the Hamptons! Aren’t all the waitresses social climbing actors just like the guests?

Judging Amy: To keep custody of her daughter, Brenda Barrett must take a weekly drug test. But why oh why do the doctors let her take her daughter into the bathroom? Can you say “urine swap?” I knew you could

Karen Sisco: With J Lo far too busy being J Lo, ABC is looking for someone new to take the role of the agent Ms. Lopez played for this adaptation of the 1998 film “Out of Sight.” Sisco is still a U.S. Marshall, who has once again lost a prisoner and must go after him.

Law and Order: In an episode called “Maritime,” a pro football player is murdered, and his less successful brother decided to take the rap for it. But the L&O crew wouldn’t let an innocent man go to jail, would they?

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: In “Legion,” Jojo Rios seems to be an upstanding member of the community, but, instead of providing job training to kids, he is making them steal bicycles by the thousands.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: In “Fallacy,” Charles/Cheryl is saving for *the* surgery, but is kills her rapist when he freaks out and sees her pee pee. Boys Don’t Cry but maybe girls do. Did she kill to cover up her secret or was it really self defense?

One Life to Live: They need a hypnotist! The Mysterious Mysterio will make the whole cast act like chickens. I hope.

Ravens: Two high school basketball players, two different mothers, one father, one hot cheerleader. You figure it out.

The Ron White Project: Tons is a Texas DJ who moves to Mexico. He doesn’t speak Spanish. Hilarity ensues.

The Spaces: The Jetsons… I mean the Spaces are a family that lives on a space station. The dad is the mayor, his wife is an alcoholic ex beauty queen, and the kids are a combo of geniuses and slackers. Oh, and there are aliens and robots. Did the WB learn nothing from “Homeboys in Outer Spacer”

Untitled Coming Home pilot: The Franklin family must adjust to having all their adult kids return home to live. Sort of like “Six Feet Under.” But not.

Untitled Rich Wilkes Vegas Project: Dicky Barrett is in his 20s and looking to prove himself as casino security while working as a valet. Saving the hotel owner’s daughter from a kidnapping is just the boost his career needed. Except for the fact that Dicky set up the kidnapping in the first place!

Winner Take All: It’s Fear Factor with gambling! And, set in Las Vegas!

Without A Trace: A school flirt who goes after everyone, including her teachers is missing. Did her boyfriend kill her out of jealously, or did her teacher, Josh, have something to do with it? Who cares, just show more of Eric Close.