- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007

A-list ‘Gathering’

“Battlestar Galactica” producer David Eick’s Lifetime miniseries “The Gathering” has assembled its principal cast, with former “O.C.” star Peter Gallagher topping the list, Zap2it.com reports.

The four-hour miniseries, scheduled to bow in October, will also feature Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) along with Kristin Lehman (“Drive”), Peter Fonda (“Ghost Rider,” “Ulee’s Gold”) and Jenna Boyd (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”). Mr. Eick is executive producing the project with writer John Shiban (“The X-Files,” “Supernatural”).

“The Gathering” centers on Dr. Michael Foster (Mr. Gallagher), who wakes up one morning to find his wife (Miss Lehman) has disappeared. The police provide no help, so he’s left to puzzle out a handful of cryptic clues — a bloody circle on the wall and a dying bird — for himself.

In the course of his investigation, Michael talks with his daughter’s (Miss Boyd) teacher, a woman named Maggy Rue (Miss Sigler), who tells him that his wife may be involved with a coven of witches whose aim is to rule the world. He soon learns that a number of powerful people, including a real-estate developer (Mr. Fonda), have a vested interest in the coven’s plans.

The miniseries will be Mr. Gallagher’s first TV work since “The O.C.” ended its four-season run on Fox earlier this year, and also for Miss Sigler — who as Meadow Soprano, was last seen attempting to park her car when HBO’s “The Sopranos” ended its eight-year run last month.

New voices on ‘Boxes’

Showtime has lined up the latest group of singers to record versions of “Little Boxes,” the 1960s musical comment on conformity that is the theme song to “Weeds,” Broadcasting & Cable magazine reports.

The popular show — a dark comedy about a suburban mom who goes to pot (literally) after her husband’s death — stars Mary-Louise Parker as the weed-dealing widow, Elizabeth Perkins as her best friend, and Kevin Nealon as a pot-smoking politician.

“Weeds’ ” Aug. 13 season premiere will begin with a new version of the Malvina Reynolds song by Randy Newman. Others in the rotation will include Joan Baez, Donovan, the Shins, and Billy Bob Thornton, B&C; said.

It is the second season that Showtime has used a variety of versions of the song by Miss Reynolds, a political activist and songwriter who died in 1978. According to a Web site dedicated to the late artist, her record sales have been boosted by the “Weeds” exposure.

Last season’s eclectic lineup of those performing the tune included Engelbert Humperdinck and Death Cab for Cutie.

More time for ‘Nine’

ABC will burn off the remaining episodes of its fall bank heist drama “The Nine,” TVWeek.com reports.

The network will air the final six episodes of the critically acclaimed show starting Aug. 1. ABC aired seven episodes last fall before pulling the series. The series finale will air Sept. 5.

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