Prod'n co. upset over possible breach of oral contract
ATG execs are mulling their options, legal and otherwise, after actress Linda Fiorentino dropped out of Tom Fontana’s CBS drama pilot “Hudson’s Law.”On the one side, sources said Fiorentino hadn’t sealed a pact with the studio and opted out after she failed to come to terms with ATG over a number of deal points. According to other sources, Fiorentino had agreed to star in the project, to be directed by Barry Levinson, three weeks ago. But when the production company repeatedly attempted to contact Fiorentino to bring her in for wardrobe fittings and other details, the actress couldn’t be located. Either way, ATG shifted gears and recast the role with Kyra Sedgwick, who started immediately Monday. ATG execs and reps for Fiorentino were unavailable for comment. Meanwhile, in a separate action, “Temptation Island” participants Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson have sued the reality skein’s producers, Rocket Science Laboratories, Fox TV Studios Productions and Fox over alleged defamation and an “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Patterson and Watson were pulled from “Temptation Island” midway through the series’ taping after Rocket Science and Fox said they discovered that the couple were parents. In the complaint, Patterson and Watson claim that they revealed to the producers prior to taping that they had conceived a child together. The couple allege that Rocket Science, in order to juice ratings, later said that Patterson and Watson lied to the producers over their parental status. Fox declined comment.