TVLine Items: TNT Puts Bounty on Geena Davis, Collette Taken Hostage, Newsroom Exit & More!

Geena Davis Green TNTGeena Davis is plotting a return to the small screen.

The ex-Commander in Chief star has signed on to play an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter in the TNT drama pilot Green, TVLine has confirmed.

The project — penned by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg, with Dean Devlin (Leverage) set to direct — is inspired by the real-life story of Mackenzie Green (hence the working title).

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Emmy winner Toni Collette (United States of Tara) will star in the CBS pilot Hostages, a one-hour drama from Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit factory. Collette will play a successful surgeon who is thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage. The added wrinkle: She was just selected to operate on the POTUS.

• Rosemarie DeWitt’s Season 2 Newsroom stint has ended before it’s begun, Deadline reports. The actress – cast in November as a litigator hired to defend the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel in a multimillion-dollar wrongful-termination suit — exited the series due to “scheduling conflicts,” per an HBO rep. The role is being recast.

Parks and Recreation has tapped X-Files‘ Annabeth Gish to play Ben’s (Adam Scott) sister in an upcoming episode, EW.com reports. The storyline finds Ben and Leslie taking a road trip to his hometown in Minnesota, where they meet up with his (slightly) older sis.

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12 Comments
  1. Jinjeon says:

    Love me some Toni Collette! But with her talent she should be doing a show on HBO, FX or Showtime, not on CBS. CBS will destroy her talent and she’ll be stuck on bland procedural forever. Oh, and I’m happy for Geena too but Toni’s more talented so she should be on a good drama not your typical CBS procedural.

    • Milah says:

      Are you sure it’s a procedural, sounds more akin to the Good Wife than NCIS. I think it will be a serial drama.

      • Kaulbach Kurt-James says:

        I agree. Though the procedural/mystery has a place in television, serialized television, where characters develop more quickly, is the appropriate place for an actress of her caliber. My only complain is the DOA title. Ugh. Broadcast television just chews it all up for you. Blech!

  2. Whatever says:

    I loved Geena in Political Animals. I want the show back !

  3. TMW says:

    Three words for you, Jinjeon-The Good Wife. Maybe this one will approach that one in terms of quality.

    • Gwen says:

      CBS also has “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods” and “Elementary” – all of which could easily qualify as “good drama.”

      • Jinjeon says:

        Those three you mentioned are procedurals in their purest form. I prefer continuing story not one case per episode. You know when you have continuing story there’s much more material for actors to play. With procedurals it’s just solving the case. I hope it’ll be closer to TGW not NCIS, PoI or Elementary.

        • MaryAnn says:

          One welcome change in procedurals in the last few years is their focus on the characters’ personal lives, and on season-line arcs that run underneath the “case of the week.” Of course, if you only sampled single episodes, it is possible you didn’t pick up on this. I have personally really enjoyed the continued character development and continued story lines on “NCIS,” “Person of Interest,” “CIS,” “CSI-New York” and many more. Of course, this is to a different extent than you will find on such shows as “Revenge,” but it still monumentally adds depth to these shows, and makes them enjoyable as opposed to the unwatchable nature of such shows a generation ago.

  4. Bethany says:

    Annabeth Gish will forever be Pudge to me. I cannot wait to see her on Parks and Rec!

  5. Andy says:

    I’ll be giving Green a go out of loyalty to Dean Devlin for giving us Leverage.

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