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

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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).

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• 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, 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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Comments (12)

  • 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.

    Comment by Jinjeon – January 18, 2013 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Are you sure it’s a procedural, sounds more akin to the Good Wife than NCIS. I think it will be a serial drama.

      Comment by Milah – January 18, 2013 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by Kaulbach Kurt-James – January 18, 2013 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved Geena in Political Animals. I want the show back !

    Comment by Whatever – January 18, 2013 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t believe Geena was in Political Animals. Are you thinking of Sigourney Weaver in Political Animals or of Geena Davis in Commander in Chief ?

      Comment by Chris – January 18, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was thinking of Sigourney Weaver , right show wrong star. Thanks for the info Chris.

        Comment by Whatever – January 18, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Three words for you, Jinjeon-The Good Wife. Maybe this one will approach that one in terms of quality.

    Comment by TMW – January 18, 2013 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CBS also has “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods” and “Elementary” – all of which could easily qualify as “good drama.”

      Comment by Gwen – January 18, 2013 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Jinjeon – January 18, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by MaryAnn – January 18, 2013 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Annabeth Gish will forever be Pudge to me. I cannot wait to see her on Parks and Rec!

    Comment by Bethany – January 18, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll be giving Green a go out of loyalty to Dean Devlin for giving us Leverage.

    Comment by Andy – January 18, 2013 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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