The Italian Job Series NBC

TVLine Items: NBC Nabs Italian Job, Lifetime Casts Timberlake and More

Another day, another reboot: NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Italian Job, a potential series inspired by the 1969 film of the same name and the 2003 remake, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, our sister site Deadline reports.

The drama project — written/executive produced by Rob Weiss (Entourage, Ballers) and Benjamin Brand (Bollywood Hero) — is described as “a noisy, sexy thrill ride” about a makeshift family of expert criminals who are forced out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get their beloved patriarch out of jail.

The group’s central figure is charming ex-con Charlie Croker — the role played by Wahlberg, and Michael Caine before him — who tried to go straight, but can’t resist the adrenaline rush of the high-stakes heist world.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Lifetime’s upcoming Britney Spears biopic has cast Nathan Keyes (Glee, No Ordinary Family) as the pop star’s ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

* Brooke Shields will reprise her Middle role as Frankie’s neighbor and nemesis Rita Glossner when the two go on a road trip in Season 8, reports.

* Singer Wyclef Jean will guest star on Law & Order: SVU as a big-time music producer whose newest and hottest client is embroiled in an assault case.

* Garret Dillahunt (The Mindy Project, Justified) will headline TNT’s post-Civil War drama pilot Monsters of God, written and directed by Rod Lurie (Commander in Chief), per Deadline.

* Fox is developing the L.A.-based dance drama The Edge from actress Jennifer Beals, High School Musical director Kenny Ortega and Hit the Floor creator James Larosa, Deadline reports.

* Aden Young (Rectify) has exited USA Network’s drama pilot Damnation due to creative differences.

* The 2017 Tony Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, June 11 on CBS.

* History will mark Veterans Day with a four-hour marathon of its original docuseries The Warfighters, about U.S. Special Operations Forces missions in the global war on terror. The program, which is executive produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), officially premieres Nov. 11.


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  1. Neemo says:

    Im excited for Brooke Shields being on The Middle again. I think thats the best role where you can see her acting chops. Rita Glossner is great.

  2. ScottJ says:

    We already know you’ve run out of ideas NBC. You don’t need to keep reminding us.

  3. Paula says:

    I am already planted in front of my TV in anticipation of seeing Frankie Heck and Rita Glossner on a road trip! Would I watch a Glossner family spinoff? Yep! The youngest little bada$$ on the tricycle is my favorite of Rita’s brood. But what happened to the girl (believed to be Rita’s daughter) who only had a nonspeaking appearance in a single episode?