Friday, July 12, 2024

Rose McGowan Will Guest on “SVU”; Mitch Albom Comedy Writer?


Exclusive: from the red carpet at the Writers Guild of America West awards in Hollywood…with reporting from Leah Sydney

“Boardwalk Empire” just won the WGA for Best TV Drama, beating “Mad Men.” AMC has collapsed as far as awards season goes. What happened here?

More: One of our favorite “Charmed” actresses is coming to “Law & Order: SVU” this winter. Rose McGowan, so good in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Grindhouse,” is filming an episode of “SVU” this week called “Bombshell.” What we hear is that she’s going to play some kind of sex club worker who tries to de-stablize Det. Elliot Stabler–Chris Meloni. Can’t wait to see this. McGowan is one of Hollywood’s most under-utilized players. “SVU” meantime is on a roll. Last week’s episode with Colm Feore was great. They’ve also got Debra Messing coming in during sweeps. Stunt casting? No, just good ideas…

In other TV news: Mitch Albom, radio host and author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and other inspirational books is working on a comedy pilot…

…”Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner is off to Paris and London for two weeks of promo for the Sundance Channel. Why not? Nothing’s happening on the “Mad Men” front, sources say, so Europe is his oyster…

“Black Swan” co-writer Andres Heinz has got a new film in the works–“The Drowning” will star Vin Diesel, of all people…

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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