CW orders "Melrose Place" pilot, and "Box," "Mercy" casting news

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CW greenlights 'Melrose Place' pilot
Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim set to direct
By Nellie Andreeva

The CW's update of "Melrose Place" has received an official pilot
order, and Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim has come on board to direct
it.

Meanwhile, filmmaker Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct the
Fox drama pilot "Masterwork."

In pilot castings, Zosia Mamet, daughter of playwright-filmmaker David
Mamet, has landed her first starring role on Fox's comedy pilot
"Absolutely Fabulous." Toni Trucks also has been cast in "Ab Fab."

Elsewhere, Jason George and Sarah Drew have joined ABC's drama pilot
"Inside the Box," and Diego Klattenhoff has been added to NBC's drama
pilot "Mercy."

The CBS Par-produced "Melrose Place," an remake of the '90s series
about a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose
neighborhood of Los Angeles, was written by Darren Swimmer and Todd
Slavkin ("Smallville"), who will serve as exec producers/showrunners.
Endeavor-repped Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient
Truth," will exec produce as well.

Guggenheim, who is under a deal at CBS Par, is known for directing
edgier dramas such as "Deadwood," "24" and the pilot for "The Unit,"
but early in his career, he helmed lighter fare including Fox's "Party
of Five."

For his TV debut, Nachmanoff, who most recently wrote and directed
"Traitor," will tackle the international "Da Vinci Code"-type
adventure "Masterwork," from 20th TV.

"Inside the Box," from ABC Studios, revolves around an ambitious
female news producer and her colleagues at a Washington network news
bureau. George ("Eli Stone") will play an on-camera correspondent. He
is repped by TalentWorks and Management 360. Drew ("Everwood") will
play a new peon at the network. She is with Innovative and Kritzer
Levine Wilkins.

Based on the British series, the Sony-produced "Ab Fab" revolves
around neurotic fashion publicist Eddie (Kathryn Hahn) and her best
friend Patsy (Kristen Johnson), an outrageous fashion editor, who
drive Eddie's sensible teen daughter, Saffron (Mamet), up the wall
with their wild behavior.

ICM-repped Mamet did a multiepisode arc on CBS' "The Unit," created
and exec produced by her dad David.

Trucks (Showtime's "Barbershop") will play Eddie's assistant. She is
repped by Henderson/Hogan and Rugolo Entertainment.

The UMS-produced "Mercy" revolves around three nurses who bond through
the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives.

Klattenhoff will play a contractor and blue-collar worker who is
married to one of the nurses.

After "Mercy," Klattenhoff will shoot the indie "American Tragic." He
is repped by UTA and Levine Okwu Erickson Talent.
CW greenlights 'Melrose Place' pilot
Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim set to direct

By Nellie Andreeva


The CW's update of "Melrose Place" has received an official pilot
order, and Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim has come on board to direct
it.

Meanwhile, filmmaker Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct the
Fox drama pilot "Masterwork."

In pilot castings, Zosia Mamet, daughter of playwright-filmmaker David
Mamet, has landed her first starring role on Fox's comedy pilot
"Absolutely Fabulous." Toni Trucks also has been cast in "Ab Fab."

Elsewhere, Jason George and Sarah Drew have joined ABC's drama pilot
"Inside the Box," and Diego Klattenhoff has been added to NBC's drama
pilot "Mercy."

The CBS Par-produced "Melrose Place," an remake of the '90s series
about a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose
neighborhood of Los Angeles, was written by Darren Swimmer and Todd
Slavkin ("Smallville"), who will serve as exec producers/showrunners.
Endeavor-repped Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient
Truth," will exec produce as well.

Guggenheim, who is under a deal at CBS Par, is known for directing
edgier dramas such as "Deadwood," "24" and the pilot for "The Unit,"
but early in his career, he helmed lighter fare including Fox's "Party
of Five."

For his TV debut, Nachmanoff, who most recently wrote and directed
"Traitor," will tackle the international "Da Vinci Code"-type
adventure "Masterwork," from 20th TV.

"Inside the Box," from ABC Studios, revolves around an ambitious
female news producer and her colleagues at a Washington network news
bureau. George ("Eli Stone") will play an on-camera correspondent. He
is repped by TalentWorks and Management 360. Drew ("Everwood") will
play a new peon at the network. She is with Innovative and Kritzer
Levine Wilkins.

Based on the British series, the Sony-produced "Ab Fab" revolves
around neurotic fashion publicist Eddie (Kathryn Hahn) and her best
friend Patsy (Kristen Johnson), an outrageous fashion editor, who
drive Eddie's sensible teen daughter, Saffron (Mamet), up the wall
with their wild behavior.

ICM-repped Mamet did a multiepisode arc on CBS' "The Unit," created
and exec produced by her dad David.

Trucks (Showtime's "Barbershop") will play Eddie's assistant. She is
repped by Henderson/Hogan and Rugolo Entertainment.

The UMS-produced "Mercy" revolves around three nurses who bond through
the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives.

Klattenhoff will play a contractor and blue-collar worker who is
married to one of the nurses.

After "Mercy," Klattenhoff will shoot the indie "American Tragic." He
is repped by UTA and Levine Okwu Erickson Talent.
                                            
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{{snip))  Okay. So let's take a step back and take a look. They redid
BH 90210, which got moderate to above-moderate buzz. Since its debut,
the ratings have done _nothing_ but go DOWN. The "encore", which is
just plugging holes in their anemic schedule, do even worse
(Univision: 2, 3, 4 million; CW: 720,000). So they think it's a GOOD
idea to greenlight a MP retread.

So this disaster known as The CW, has now DEVOLVED into what-keeps-us-
going-is-buzz. At this rate, they could chug along for another few
years on a 'Party Of Five'/'The O.C.' reduxeseseses.