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Selleck starrer about showbiz politics

NEW YORK — TNT has signed veteran producers Al Ruddy and Gerry Rafshoon to produce the comedy-drama “Washington Slept Here,” a telefilm centered on the increasing blurring lines between presidential politics and showbiz.

Tom Selleck stars as a liberal governor who’s the leading candidate for President in the Democratic primaries. Co-stars include Laura Linney, Faye Dunaway, Nancy Travis and Teri Hatcher.

The film, which Ruddy said will cost more than $10 million — unusually expensive for a made-for-cable picture — has begun a six-week shoot in Los Angeles. TNT plans to preem it in August, during the week of the Democratic convention, which will take place at the Staples Center.

Since Rafshoon is a former chief of staff in Jimmy Carter’s White House, Ruddy said the telefilm will be loaded with insider cameos. Director Ron Lagomarsino has already filmed a segment with the members of CNN’s “Capital Gang,” and author-commentator Arianna Huffington also has a scripted bit.

In their script, Claudia Salter and Sue Black “have given us a gloves-off look at women in politics,” Ruddy said.

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