Aaron Sorkin and John Krasinski are developing a miniseries for HBO based on Life at the Marmont, a book by the hotel’s co-owner Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sorkin (The Social Network) will write the mini and executive produce with Krasinski (The Office). The Chateau Marmont’s current owner, Andre Balazs, and his daughter, Alessandra, will also executive produce.
Krasinski, who has been the project’s champion, is expected to play a role in the mini, which will feature interwoven stories of the hotel’s guests over several generations. Since the 1930s, the apartment complex, which later became a hotel, has been at the center of Hollywood, drawing film and TV actors, literary greats and rock stars.
In addition to the untitled Marmont mini, Sorkin has his cable news project More as This Story Develops, starring Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston, at HBO.
The Office may have found a new boss: James Spader is negotiating with NBC to join the hit comedy next fall — but not merely as the manager of the Scranton branch.
The three-time Emmy winningBoston Legal star has been reportedly in the mix to replace Steve Carell for awhile, and even guest starred in the season finale as one of several celebrity contenders vying for the Dunder Mifflin manager gig (video below).
But producers have a different role in mind for Spader: CEO of Dunder Mifflin, replacing Kathy Bates, who sources say will exit the show to focus on season 2 of Harry’s Law. “In the finale, he kicked ass,” says a source close to the show. “He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn’t want to pass it up.”
Whereas Bates functioned more like a guest star in the series, however, Spader would have a significant weekly presence on the show. The actor’s deal is not done and no scripts have been written for the upcoming eighth season, which goes into production in about a month. Yet if all goes according to plan, Spader’s character — named “Robert California” — will be introduced in the premiere as the new Office manager. He quickly decides the role is too small for him, and somehow talks corporate into appointing him as its new CEO.
Sources say California will have a strong impact on the rest of the Office staff, demonstrating a manipulative power and a somewhat creepy sexual vibe:
“Dwight has never come up against somebody equally powerful and diabolical. With Andy, he could be a real father figure and make life really hard for him once he senses he can manipulate him. Jim reads people really quickly, yet wasn’t sure what to make of this guy.”
As for who will take the role of manager, that’s still unclear. Spader’s hire leaves open the possibility of an internal candidate stepping into the post, or another new hire coming on board. Brit comedian Catherine Tate was reported as an early front-runner for the post. Movie star Will Ferrell filled in for a multi-episode arc during on the show during May sweeps that divided some fans.
The NBC hit has teased viewers and the media alike with a year-long guessing game over who will take the starring role on the show. When the show ended last month, felonious mysterious Creed Bratton was sitting in the manager seat thanks to his seniority with the company.
In the finale, Spader was interviewed by Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) along with the HR representative Toby — who’s also the show’s real-life executive producer Paul Lieberstein. “There is no such thing as a ‘product,’” Spader’s arrogant character lectured. “There is only sex. Everything is sex. You understand what I’m telling you is a universal truth.”
Gabe worried Spader might be “over qualified” for the gig. “Do I look like someone who would waste my own time?” Spader countered.
The Office has a long history of blending behind-the-scenes writers and on-air characters, and in the finale, you could take Spader’s scene for a real-life audition.
Turns out Lisa Edelstein will be back on TV this fall after all!
House‘s departing taskmistress has booked a juicy multi-episode arc on CBS’ The Good Wife, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.
The actress — who sent House fans into a tailspin last month when it was announced that she would not be returning to the Fox hit after failing to come to terms on a new contract — will play a lawyer and born poker player whose sexiness is enhanced by her obvious intelligence.
Additional details are scarce, but rumor has it Edelstein’s character — who turns up during the early part of the acclaimed drama’s forthcoming third season — shares a past with Will (Josh Charles). It’s unclear if said past is professional, personal, or both, but I smell a showdown between her and Alicia (Julianna Margulies).
Courtnex Cox, David Arquette sell game show pilot to CBS
The network’s late-night host Craig Ferguson is close to a deal to host and executive produce the game show pilot “Identity Crisis.”
CBS is getting into the fame game with a pilot order for Identity Crisis.
The game show concept, from Magical Jade Productions, centers on teams of two that must identify the names of famous people. The latter can range from actors and athletes to fictional characters.
The network’s Late Late Show hostCraig Ferguson is close to a deal to host and executive produce. The pilot will be filmed this summer.
The project hails from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who are said to regularly play the Out & About Productions board game on which it is based. Scott St. John (1 vs. 100) joins the pair as an executive producer.
Cox and Arquette have teamed up professionally on other Coquette productions, including FX’s Dirt and ABC’s Cougar Town. The couple is currently separated.
Chris Colfer is having quite a year. Not only was he was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2011, he inked a book deal and signed on to write a Disney Channel pilot. And a feature film. And we didn’t even get to his day job yet. Besides starring on of one of TV’s hottest shows, Glee, he’s working overtime, performing in sold-out arenas as part of the show’s summer concert tour. And if history repeats itself, he’ll once again be in the running for an Emmy. Yet, in the midst of all the insanity, the 21-year-old stopped just long enough to catch his breath and chat with TVLine about his Emmy quandary and his hope for Kurt in Season 3.TVLINE | How’s the tour going? It’s going. We’re in a new city every night. No joke, yesterday I got down to the lobby because we were headed out of our hotel and I literally had to ask the concierge what city I was in, because I did not know.
TVLINE | How does it compare to last year’s tour? Take last year’s tour and multiply it by a thousand. The biggest venue we played at last year was a 5,000-seat theater, and now we’re selling out 17,000-seat arenas. So a lot [more] people.
TVLINE | Are you exhausted? Do you ever wish you could have a real hiatus like other TV actors, or are you like, “I’m staying on this speeding train for as long as possible.” It’s both. If I said that I wasn’t absolutely exhausted I would be lying to you. But there’s nothing like walking into an arena and everyone screaming at you.
TVLINE | What did you think of Kurt’s journey last season? I loved it. His [Season 2] journey completely surpassed last year. Last year was all about him accepting who he was. And Season 2 was more about everyone else accepting him for who he was. I couldn’t be prouder and happier to be playing this character. He’s so inspirational to everyone, myself included.
TVLINE | Most of your shining moments last season were dramatic. Is it odd competing in a comedy category? Yeah. It’s funny when I have nominations in best supporting actor in a comedy and I’m never funny. People I’m usually nominated with are all pranksters and jokers, and I am not funny. I cry in every episode.
TVLINE | Have you given any thought to which episode you’d submit should you get nominated? Last year when I was fortunate enough to get nominated it was so easy because I had one episode where I just did everything. But I’ve had so many of those this season it’s going to be a Sophie’s Choice if I get nominated again. Kurt had so many great moments. It’s going to be difficult to pick one. Maybe I’ll ask the fans.
TVLINE | Any hopes and dreams for Kurt next season? Absolutely. I’m campaigning madly for one storyline in particular.
“I’m tired of Republican, Democrat politics; I’m tired of blowhard radio people, blowhard television people, blowhard newspapers. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background, I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this. Because we have to…