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Vivica A. Fox has been cast as the femme lead in Steven Bochco’s upcoming CBS medical drama “City of Angels.” Fox will star opposite Blair Underwood as the medical director of the inner-city hospital where the show is set.

Fox was seen last year in the short-lived Fox network sitcom “Getting Personal” and earlier this year in the ABC telefilm “A Saintly Switch.” Fox’s bigscreen credits include “Independence Day,” “Soul Food” and “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.”

She’s repped by Magic Johnson Management’s Lita Richardson and the William Morris Agency.

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Leslie Grossman has been signed by Touchstone TV as a series regular on the new WB Network drama “Popular.” Grossman will play the scheming supporting character Mary Cherry in the high school drama revolving around two teenage girls — one a beauty, the other an egghead — who find themselves in close quarters when their parents get engaged.

Grossman’s feature credits include “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “The Opposite of Sex.” She’s repped by manager Sherry Marsh and the Agency’s Frank Gonzales.

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David Proval has joined the cast of HBO’s acclaimed series “The Sopranos.” He’ll play a nemesis of Tony Soprano.

Proval made his film debut in Martin Scorcese’s “Mean Streets” and has since appeared in numerous films, including “The Phantom,” “Romeo Is Bleeding,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” He has also co-starred on Broadway with John Lithgow in “Requiem for a Heavyweight.” His TV credits include David E. Kelley’s “Picket Fences” and ABC’s “The Marshall.”

Proval is repped by Judy Fox Management.

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James Marsden is set to star in New Line’s black comedy “Sugar & Spice” alongside Mena Suvari (“American Pie”), Marley Shelton (“Never Been Kissed”) and Marla Sokoloff (ABC’s “The Practice”). Marsden will play a hunky high school football player.

The actor will also appear in WB’s upcoming “Gossip” alongside Kate Hudson and Norman Reedus.

Marsden is repped by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and Paradigm.

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Angela Alvarado has landed the role opposite Chazz Palminteri in TNT’s “Boss of Bosses,” about the notorious Gambino crime family. “Boss” is based on the book of the same name by Joseph F. O’Brien and Adrus Kurins.

Alvarado has recently wrapped Universal’s “Detox” opposite Sylvester Stallone. Her other credits include James Brooks’ “I’ll Do Anything,” “Judgment Night” and “Salsa.” She is repped by Gold Marsh Liedtke & Associates, and Andrea Pett-Joseph of Brillstein-Grey.

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Sean Kanan has signed a three-year deal to star on the daytime drama, “Sunset Beach.”

Additionally, Kanan will appear in two upcoming indies, “Chump Change” and “Chaos Factor” alongside Peter Coyote and Antonio Sabato. He is repped by Steven Jensen of Independent Management Group.

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