'Corrections,' 'Viagra Diaries' awaiting word on series orders
HBO won’t be going forward with “Da Brick.”Pay cabler has passed on the pilot from Spike Lee, John Ridley, Doug Ellin and Mike Tyson. The move was a bit surprising considering HBO also recently said they weren’t interested in greenlighting comedy pilot “40” to series. That “Entourage”-like project, from Ellin as well, was about four childhood friends who figure out how to navigate life after turning 40 years old. Ed Burns, Michael Rapaport, Adrian Pasdar and HBO alum Michael Imperioli were set to star. The two remaining pilots in contention now for a series pickup at HBO are “The Corrections,” based on Jonathan Franzen’s bestseller, and “The Viagra Diaries.” “The Corrections” pilot has already been shot and is now in the hands of programming topper Michael Lombardo and co-president Richard Plepler as to whether it will go forward. Adapted for the smallscreen Franzen and Noah Baumbach, “The Corrections” — about a disparate family dealing with personal and health issues that tries to reunite for the holidays — stars Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Bruce Norris and Dianne Wiest. Baumbach also directed the pilot. As for “The Viagra Diaries,” Goldie Hawn exited the show a few weeks ago and the network is in midst of looking for a replacement before production can begin. Pilot, centered around a woman who is looking for a romantic relationship after her 35-year marriage ends, was written by Darren Star and directed by “Bridesmaids” helmer Paul Feig.
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