Networks aimed for big names Thursday, as Ivan Reitman signed up to helm the CBS pilot “Cooking Lessons,” while Patricia Arquette and Robert Forster landed plum acting gigs.
Arquette will take the lead in the NBC drama “Medium,” playing a character based on real-life psychic and criminal profiler Allison DuBois.
Series follows Arquette’s character as she balances her psychic abilities with her family life. Gersh-repped actress’s recent roles include the features “Holes” and “Little Nicky.” On TV, she appeared in the telepic “The Badge.”
“Medium” comes from Glenn Gordon Caron; Paramount Network TV, Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet and Caron’s Picturemaker Prods. produce.
Forster, meanwhile, has signed on to play Jerry, the father character in CBS’ untitled bounty hunters drama.
Thesp, who’s repped by Paradigm, most recently starred in ABC’s “Karen Sisco.” Alphabet web recently halted production on that critically acclaimed drama, freeing Forster to move to a new project.
Forster’s recent feature credits include “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” and “Mulholland Drive.”
Eye’s bounty hunter project comes from Spelling TV.
As for Reitman, the CAA-repped director and producer was able to take time out of his busy feature career to direct “Cooking Lessons.”
Reitman’s recent projects include exec producing the feature “Old School” and directing the films “Evolution” and “Six Days, Seven Nights.” “Cooking Lessons,” from Warner Bros. TV and the Tannenbaum Co., revolves around a food columnist looking for romance.
(Mark Graser contributed to this report.)