The Station (Comedy). CIA operatives set up a covert South American outpost so they can install a new dictator. Written by Kevin Napier. Produced and directed by Ben Stiller. Casting: Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz, 11336 Camarillo St., Ste. 301, Toluca Lake, C A 91602. Shoots in June. Seeking Cuban and Dominican male actors late 20s to late 30s.
Big Luciano (Biographical Drama). The story of the adventurous life and times of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Written by Ivana Massetti. Casting: Denise Chamian, Denise Chamian Casting, Sunset Gower Studio, 1438 N. Gower St., Bldg. 35, Ste. 270, Hollywood, CA 90028. Shoots in August.
* Dolley Madison (Biography, PBS). Series centers on the life of U.S. first lady Dolley Madison and her husband, President James Madison. Directed by Marion Meyer. Casting: Paul Fouquet, Elissa Myers Casting, 333 W. 52nd St., Ste. 1008, New York, NY 10019. Shoots in June.
NEW TV SERIES
Chocolate News (Comedy, Comedy Central). A fake magazine show that takes a comedic look at the world from an African-American perspective. David Alan Grier hosts. Casting: Julie Ashton Casting, 6715 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 203, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Oct. 15.
Crash (Drama, Starz). The first original drama series for Starz, based on the 2004 feature of the same name. Key members of the film's production team are also on board for the series. Casting: Bialy/Thomas Casting, 3151 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Ste. 200, L.A., CA 90068. Premiered: Oct. 17.
Dollhouse (Sci-fi/Drama, Fox). A group of agents working for a mysterious organization are programmed with personalities and abilities needed to carry out specific missions. Once completed, the agents' memories are completely erased. Eliza Dushku, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Fran Kranz, Harry Lennix, Olivia Williams, and Tahmoh Penikett star. Executive-produced by Joss Whedon. Casting: Amy McIntyre Britt, Anya Colloff, CFB Casting, 846 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Bldg. A, Ste. 105, L.A., CA 90038. Premiered: January.
Eleventh Hour (Action, CBS). Based on the British series of the same name. A brilliant biophysicist and special science adviser to the government investigates scientific crises with the help of the FBI. Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton star. Executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Casting: Felicia Fasano Casting, Warner Bros. Ranch, 411 N. Hollywood Way, Bldg. 29R, Rm. 123, Burbank, CA 91505. Premiered: Oct. 9.
Fashion & Friends (Reality). Reality series that sets out to turn fashion freaks, failures, and faux pas into fabulous fashion statements. Casting: Mystic Arts Pictures, 1918 W. Magnolia, Ste. 206, Burbank, CA 91505, attn: "Fashion & Friends." Shoot dates TBD.
Gary Unmarried (Comedy,CBS) A recently divorced couple and their kids embark on finding new relationships after 15 years of marriage. Jay Mohr, Paula Marshall, Jaime King, Laura Marano, and Ryan Malgarini star. Casting: Zane/Pillsbury Casting, 585 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A., CA 90004. Premiered: Sept. 24.
Glee (Comedy, Fox). Set at a Midwest high school, a Spanish teacher takes the glee club, populated by teenage misfits, and turns it around. Casting: Robert Ulrich, Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village 91607. Premiere: TBD.
Harper's Island (Mystery, CBS). A group of friends are terrorized when they meet for a wedding on an island off the Seattle coast. Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) and Katie Cassidy star. Executive-produced by Jon Turteltaub; Ari Schlossberg, Karim Zreik, and Dan Shotz are co–executive producers. Casting: Bialy/Thomas Casting, 3151 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Ste. 200, L.A., CA 90068. Premiere: April 9.
Hawthorne (Drama, TNT). Jada Pinkett Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne, a recently widowed nurse who struggles to balance the demands of her job and the challenge of single parenthood. Written by John Masius. Directed by Arvin Brown. Casting: Megan Branman and Dylann Brander, Branman/Brander Casting, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301. Shooting begins in mid-April. Premiere: TBD.
Kath & Kim (Comedy, NBC). Based on the Australian series of the same name, the series explores the often-dysfunctional relationship between a mother and her daughter. Molly Shannon, Selma Blair, Mikey Day, and John Michael Higgins star. Casting: Greenstein/Daniel Casting, 6671 Sunset Blvd., #1527, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Oct. 9.
Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (Fantasy/Comedy, Comedy Central). A reluctant hero struggles in the medieval world. Written by Peter Knight, who executive-produces with Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte, and Flody Juarez. Casting: Jeanne McCarthy/Nicole Abellera Casting, 12340 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 233, L.A., CA 90025. Premiere: TBA.
Leverage (Action, TNT). A former insurance investigator puts together a team of highly skilled thieves who act as modern-day Robin Hoods. Timothy Hutton, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, and Gina Bellman star. Executive-produced by Dean Devlon, Chris Downey, and John Rogers. Casting: April Webster/Scott David, Quixote Studios, 4585 Electronics Place, L.A., CA 90039. Premiered: Dec. 7.
Lie to Me (Crime/Drama, Fox). A sarcastic researcher heads up a consulting firm that works with the FBI, analyzing facial expressions and body language to help solve crimes. Tim Roth stars. Written by Dustin Thomason. Directed by Clark Johnson. Casting: Sharon Bialy & Sherry Thomas, Bialy/Thomas Casting, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Bldg. 310, 1st Fl. Ste. B, L.A., CA 90035. Premiered: Jan. 14.
Little Britain USA (Comedy, HBO). A U.S. version of the hit British sketch comedy series created by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who will also headline the series. Casting: Jeanne McCarthy/Nicole Abellera, 12340 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 233, L.A., CA 90025. Premiered: Sept. 28.
Majority Rules (Comedy/Family, Teletoon). Canadian network Teletoon's first live-action series about 16-year-old Becky Smith, a resident of the small town of Mayfield, who gets elected town mayor. Produced by Suzanne Berger. Casting: Lisa Parasyn, Lisa Parasyn Casting, 373 Front St. East, Toronto, ON M5A 1G4. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Shoot date TBD.
The Mentalist (Drama, CBS). A deceptive celebrity psychic puts his observational skills to use working for law enforcement. Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman, Robin Tunney, Shaun Toub, and Tim Kang star. Casting: Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village, CA 91607. Premiered: Sept. 23.
Mongoose and Luther (Teen, Disney). Two best friends wheel their way to the top of the skateboarding world. Produced by Matt Dearborn and Tom Burkhar. Casting: Sally Steiner and Barbie Block, Stiner/Block Casting, 1040 N. Las Palmas, Bldg. 2, 1st Floor, L.A., CA. Premiere: February.
My Kid's a Superstar (Reality). A documentary-soap-type series that follows the up-and-down lives of parents who believe their kids are supertalents. Casting: Hedda Muskat. Contact: (310) 413-2861. Shoots mid-2009.
Parks and Recreation (Comedy, NBC). Shot documentary-style, Amy Poehler stars in this ensemble piece set in the office of the deputy chairman of Indiana's Department of Parks and Recreations. Casting: Allison Jones, Sunset Gower Studios, 1438 N. Gower, Bldg. 5, Ste, 309, Mailbox 3, L.A., CA 90028. Premieres April 9.
Persons Unknown (Drama, Fox). Crime drama starring Jason Wyles, Daisy Betts, and Chad Boseman. Written by Linda McGibney. Directed by Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes. Casting: Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein, Lowry-Johnson Casting, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bungalow 5165, Universal City, CA 91608. Premiere: TBD.
The Philanthropist (Drama, NBC). A renegade billionaire uses his wealth, connections, and power to help people in need. James Purefoy stars. Casting: Bacharach/McCollum Casting, 3800 Barham Blvd., Ste.100, Rm. 106, L.A, CA 90068. Premiere: TBA.
Rita Rocks (Comedy, Lifetime) A working mom regains her identity by re-creating her glory days as a musician in a garage band. Nicole Sullivan, Richard Ruccolo, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kelly Gould, and Raviv Ullman star. Casting: Greenstein/Daniel Casting, 6671 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1527, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Oct. 20.
Roommates (Comedy, ABC Family). The network's first half-hour comedy production revolves around a group of friends trying to figure out love and life in their post-college years. Tyler Francavilla, Dorian Brown, Tommy Dewey, David Weidoff, and Tamera Mowry star. Casting: Go Casting, 6464 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. 970, L.A., CA 90028. Premiere: TBA.
Scare Tactics (Reality/Drama, Sci Fi). Hidden cameras show the graphic results when an ordinary person unknowingly becomes the main character in a re-enacted scene from a horror movie. Kevin Healey, Scott Hallock, and Mike Harney produce. Casting: Suzanne Broderick, c/o Bright Idea Entertainment, 3575 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Ste. 390, L.A., CA 90068. Premiere: TBD.
Southland (Drama, NBC). Michael Cudlitz stars in the fast-moving drama that focuses on the lives of cops, criminals, and their families. Written by Ann Biderman. Directed by Chris Chulack. Casting: John Levey, senior V.P. casting, c/o John Wells Productions, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 1, Burbank, CA 91522. Premieres April 9.
Surviving Surburbia (Comedy, The CW). The wins and woes of a family and their new suburban neighbors. Executive-produced by Kevin Abbott (My Name Is Earl). Casting: Go Casting, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 970, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Sept. 14.
True Blood (Drama/Supernatural). Sookie, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people's minds, falls for a mysterious "out-of-the coffin" vampire. From the creator of the hit cable series Six Feet Under, Alan Ball. Casting: Junie Lowry Johnson, c/o The Lot, 1041 N. Formosa Ave., Formosa Bldg., Rm. 94, L.A., CA 90046.
United States of Tara (Comedy, Showtime). A wife and mother, suffering from a multiple-personality disorder, and her family cope with her various identities. Written by Diablo Cody. Toni Collette, John Corbett, Brie Larson, and Keir Gilchrist star. Casting: Liberman/Patton Casting, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 707, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Jan. 18.