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Dave Annable Lands Male Lead in NBC Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’

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Dave Annable has been cast as the male lead in NBC’s medical drama “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned. Annable, who recently starred in “Red Band Society” and previously “Brothers & Sisters,” will co-star opposite Melissa George, who was cast earlier this week in the lead role. He will play her boyfriend. The medical soap, inspired by the… Read more »

Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Montana Drama

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Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in Kelly Reichardt’s untitled drama, set in Montana. Stewart will portray a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. After taking the job, Stewart’s character develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class. Stewart was seen… Read more »

‘Battle Creek': Josh Duhamel & Dean Winters Enter Buddy-Cop Game

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“Battle Creek” is a new take on the buddy-cop genre, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters. Hailing from “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan and “House M.D.” vet David Shore, the series bows March 1 on CBS. The quirky drama is set in Battle Creek, Mich., population 50,000, where a jaded detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), reluctantly partners… Read more »

Melissa Rauch’s ‘The Bronze’ Set for July Release

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Relativity has set the bawdy comedy “The Bronze” for a July 10 limited release, followed by a wide release on July 31. Relativity bought “The Bronze” for $3 million after its opening-night premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch portrays a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her… Read more »

Mauricio Mota Inks First-Look Deal With ABC

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Mauricio Mota, co-president of Wise Entertainment and exec producer of Hulu’s original series “East Los High,” has signed a first-look deal with ABC. Mota developed the School of Series, a yearlong television seminar and lab, with Brazilian Entrepreneurship Agency and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing. The newly formed lab will foster writers and producers in Brazil to… Read more »

‘Once Upon a Time’ Bosses Preview Emma’s Future and the Queens of Darkness

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ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” returns from its midseason break on March 1, kicking off the second half of its fourth season with an arc centered around the Queens of Darkness — Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey) — as they join forces with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle)… Read more »

James Franco in Talks for Comedy ‘Why Him?’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?” A pair of Fox-based production companies — Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour — are producing. John Hamburg is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer. The story centers on a Midwestern father… Read more »

‘House of Cards’ Creator on Keeping Season 3’s Secrets (SPOILERS)

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SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT read unless you’ve watched season three of “House of Cards.” Netflix released season three of “House of Cards” Friday morning, and executive producer Beau Willimon talked to Variety about keeping secrets  — as well as the rocky course of the Underwood presidency and marriage. With the release came the big reveal that… Read more »

Leonardo DiCaprio and New Regency Reteam on ‘The Crowded Room’

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With their film “The Revenant” set to bow this Christmas, New Regency and Leonardo DiCaprio have moved fast to set up their next project together. Sources tell Variety that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production banner Appian Way has come on as a producer of “The Crowded Room,” an adaptation of the Daniel Keyes nonfiction book that centered around… Read more »