- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 29, 2004

Mamet’s remote play

Esteemed playwright and filmmaker David Mamet is bringing his gritty worldview to the small screen.

The Pulitzer Prize-winner will team with “The Shield’s” creator Shawn Ryan to develop a CBS drama series focusing on the personal and professional lives of members of an elite military anti-terrorism unit, Reuters News Agency reports.

The untitled project was inspired by the 2002 book “Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counter-terrorist Unit” by Eric Haney, one of the founders of the Army’s storied Delta Force division. Mr. Mamet and Mr. Ryan connected last year when the playwright — a “Shield” fan — directed an episode of the FX cop show.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Mamet gave Mr. Ryan a copy of “Inside Delta Force” and asked him to help adapt it for television.

“You just don’t say no to Mr. Mamet,” Mr. Ryan said, adding that he had long been a fan of the playwright’s stage and film work, which includes 1992’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 1997’s “Wag the Dog,” 2000’s “State and Main” and 2001’s “Hannibal.”

Mr. Mamet will pen the pilot script and serve as an executive producer alongside Mr. Ryan, with Mr. Haney serving as a consultant.

New role for Heche

Just a few years back, movie studios were fearful about Anne Heche’s believability as a love interest. The Tony-winning actress, after all, had just outed herself as a lesbian and announced her relationship with comic Ellen DeGeneres. And audiences weren’t exactly tripping over themselves to see her flirt with Harrison Ford in “Six Days, Seven Nights.”

That was 1998.

Today, Miss Heche is married to cameraman Coley Laffoon, and will join the cast of the WB’s acclaimed family drama “Everwood” as actor Treat Williams’ love interest, Reuters reports.

Miss Heche will play Amanda Carver, the patron saint of Everwood, whose husband was stricken with aphasia that left him paralyzed and unable to communicate. The widowed Dr. Brown (Mr. Williams) offers to teach Amanda new methods of dealing with her husband’s plight — and while working together, the two develop a close friendship that teeters on the verge of something more.

Stay tuned.

And the nominees are…

CMT will interrupt its regular programming at 8:30 this morning to broadcast the nominees for the 2004 Country Music Association’s awards.

Rebroadcasts follow at 9 a.m., and also at 6:30 and 11 p.m.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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