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Have a Little Faith: Dushku Signs Talent Deal with FOX

Looks like Eliza Dushku might return to a television series sooner than expected.

While Dushku's dramedy pilot, Nurses, didn't score a series order this past development season, the girl formerly known as Faith the Vampire Slayer has signed a talent deal with 20th Century Fox Television and FOX network that calls for her to star in a new series project.

Dushku's no stranger to either the studio or the network. She was the series lead in FOX drama Tru Calling, recurred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and starred in the Nurses pilot for 20th Century Fox TV.

The actress will begin meeting with the studio's stable of writers at this early stage of development for the 2008-09 season in the hopes that something, from comedy to drama and action, will click.

"She's a Fox star," Fox Entertainment chief Peter Liguori said of Dushku. "She's rare--an incredibly beautiful and feminine actress with a specific strength and playfulness. I just find her very unique. Kevin [Reilly] and I are fans of the work she's put down on film."

What's On Tonight

8 pm: How I Met Your Mother/The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS); Thank God You're Here (NBC); Everybody Hates Chris/All of Us (CW); Wife Swap (ABC); Prison Break (FOX)

9 pm: Two and a Half Men/Rules of Engagement (CBS); Heroes (NBC); Girlfriends/The Game (CW); Fat March (ABC); Prison Break (FOX)

10 pm: CSI: Miami (CBS); Dateline (NBC); Supernanny (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

9 pm: Big Love on HBO.

Missed the season finale of Big Love last night? No worries, because it's on tonight again. On the finale ("Oh, Pioneers"): the Henricksons receive a rather unexpected guest; Sarah and Heather team up to bring Ben back to reality; Margene makes a grab for power; and just where is Nicki off to in the middle of the night?

10 pm: Weeds on Showtime.

The third season of Showtime's acclaimed comedy, Weeds continues. On tonight's episode ("The Brick Dance"), Nancy and the gang brainstorm ideas on how she can find enough money to pay off U-Turn, Celia's lawyer advises her that she needs to spend more time with daughter Isabelly, and Carrie Fisher guest stars.

10 pm: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on Travel Channel.

The third season of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations continues as Tony Bourdain travels to exotic Cleveland, after receiving an invitation from a friend, author Michael Ruhlman, to check out this up-and-coming city.


The CineManiac said…
So Dushku works for Fox now, Minear works for Fox, and Fox owns the rights to the character Faith (the Vampire Slayer) so why not bring on the Faith?
Anonymous said…
Cinemaniac, do you think that Fox would do a Faith series without Joss Whedon on board? Come to think of it maybe they would. If there was going to be a return to the franchise I do think that they would be smart to involve Whedon in some way though I do love Minear. Could a Faith project happen? Maybe but I don't know if it would happen this year. Though it is the 10 year anniversary of BtVS right now.
Anonymous said…
I'd love to see a Faith series but I would definitely want Joss steering the controls on it rather than Minear. Especially with the success of the Buffy comic. It is time for a new chapter in the Buffy story but is Minear really the guy who should be overseeing it?
The CineManiac said…
The only downside I see to doing it with Minear is that Fox will inevitably cancel the show within 13 episodes (most likely only airing 4)
I'd love to have Whedon involved, but he's not really wanting to do TV.
Hopefully if it happens Minear would get Whedon involved or at the very least consult him.
But remember Minear co-created Angel and I believe had a hand in steering Faith through her time on that show.
Anonymous said…
I thought Angel was co-created by Joss and David Greenwalt, not Tim Minear. Firefly was co-created by Minear and Whedon.

That said, I do think Minear would be a good showrunner on something Faith related but, yes, Fox would inevitably can it after a handful of eps.
The CineManiac said…
You're right, I'm dumb, Greenwalt not Minear.
In that case how about just bringing back Tru Calling?
Anonymous said…
I love the idea of a Faith series but I would also like to see Dushku in something else as she's such a wonderful actress. I really hope they find some great material for her that can really showcase her talents.

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