- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2008

‘Crash’ time for Hopper

Dennis Hopper has been tapped to star in “Crash,” Starz Entertainment’s series adaptation of the feature film. Clare Carey also will co-star, the Hollywood Reporter says.

“Crash,” from Lionsgate, is a 13-episode series featuring a different cast of characters from those in the Oscar-winning film. Mr. Hopper will play Ben, a veteran maverick music producer looking for his last big score. The actor’s most recent starring series role was NBC’s “E-Ring.”

Miss Carey (“Jericho”) will play Christine, a frustrated mom who is married to a successful pre-bust real estate developer. Mr. Hopper and Miss Carey join the previously cast Luis Chavez, Ross McCall, Jocko Sims, Brian Tee and Arlene Tur.

Production has begun in Albuquerque, N.M., with additional filming to take place in and around Los Angeles, for an October premiere. Sanford Bookstaver (“Jericho”) is directing the first episode, THR says.

On tap tonight…

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (9 p.m., HBO) - The famed director survived the murders of his wife, Sharon Tate, and unborn son to continue his career as one of the cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers. Yet in 1977 his reputation in America was derailed by a sordid scandal involving his reported sexual encounters a 13-year-old girl - and a legal case and verdict that led Mr. Polanski to flee America. Thirty years later, this Sundance Award-winning documentary examines that case and challenges many of the myths that surround it.

Fox delays fall start

Fox has pushed back its previously announced fall programming start date by a week and will now air its first two-hour premiere on Sept. 1, when a special “Prison Break” will air.

The expanded first episode of the veteran drama will air that Monday from 8 to 10 p.m., MediaWeek.com reports, and a special two-hour episode of the returning drama “Bones” will air from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 3. A two-hour version of “The Moment of Truth” will air from 8 to 10 on Sept. 4, and a special two-hour edition of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” will air from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The new Fox drama “Fringe” will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sept. 9 from 8 to 10 p.m., while the new sitcom “Do Not Disturb” will launch Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m. “Fringe” will lead out of Fox veteran hit drama “House,” MediaWeek.com said.

Despite pushing back the start of its fall season by a week, Fox will still be premiering its shows well in advance of the official premiere-week start of the season later in September.

CBS expands Web

CBS expanded its relationship with Yahoo to include full episodes of prime-time entertainment programming, Broadcastingcable.com reports.

The network joined NBC, Fox and more than one dozen cable networks that have made their programming available to Yahoo TV.

Yahoo will stream CBS’ ad-supported programming - essentially joining CBS Interactive’s CBS Audience Network - to its users, who already have access to “60 Minutes” content and local news and sports from 16 CBS-owned TV stations.

The deal is a huge boon for CBS, which is adding millions of eyeballs. According to the network, with the new deal factored in, the CBS Audience Network now reaches 92 percent of the U.S.-based Web audience.

CBS has more than 300 streaming partners for its entertainment and news content, including AOL, Microsoft, Joost, Fancast and Sling.

Former ‘Friend’ directs

David Schwimmer is directing the Los Angeles studio segments of “Little Britain USA,” HBO’s six-episode transplant of the BBC sketch comedy series “Little Britain.”

Michael Patrick Jann is helming parts of the episodes, shooting on location in North Carolina.

According to Variety, the series is based on the exploits of British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, but the setting was changed to reflect contemporary America in a mix of segments shot on location and in a studio.

Mr. Schwimmer previously helmed episodes of “Friends” and made his feature directing debut on the 2007 comedy “Run Fatboy Run.”

Smits joining ‘Dexter’

Jimmy Smits has joined the cast of Showtime’s serial killer series “Dexter,” TVWeek.com reports.

Beginning this fall, Mr. Smits will play an assistant district attorney who joins forces with the title character, played by Michael C. Hall, to bring local Miami murderers to justice. He will be featured in 10 of 12 slated episodes.

Mr. Smits’ long television resume includes “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing” and last season’s ABC drama “Cane.”

This fall’s premiere will mark “Dexter’s” third season on Showtime.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports



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