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Casting Couch: FX Snags Three for Ryan Murphy's New Series

Ryan Murphy's latest FX drama--about a man who discovers that he's a transsexual--has locked three A-list actors as its leads.

The untitled project (formerly known as 4 oz.) from executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Pitt, and Dede Gardner and co-writer Brad Falchuk, has cast Joseph Fiennes, Blythe Danner, and Robert Wagner. The cabler has ordered a pilot and three additional scripts for the drama.

Joseph Fiennes ("Running with Scissors") will play a married man with two children who decides to begin the arduous process of transforming himself into a woman. Blythe Danner ("Huff") will play Bob's mother Bunny, while Robert Wagner ("Hustle") will play Bob's father Scotch, a doctor who shares a gynecology practice with Bob.

Production on the pilot, from studio 20th Century Fox Television, will start at the end of October.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Survivor: China (CBS); My Name is Earl (NBC); Smallville (CW); Ugly Betty (ABC); Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (FOX)

9 pm: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); The Office (NBC); Reaper (CW); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); Don't Forget the Lyrics (FOX)

10 pm: Without a Trace (CBS); ER (NBC); Big Shots (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Ugly Betty.

It's the second season premiere ("How Betty Got Her Grieve Back") as Betty attempts to put Henry out of her thoughts, Amanda distracts herself with junk food after discovering that Fay Sommers was really her mother, and Wilhelmina plots to use the recent events involving the Meades to her advantage.

9 pm: The Office.

Season Four of The Office begins tonight with a one-hour episode ("Fun Run"), in which Michael believes the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton offices are cursed after a freak accident in the parking lot and hosts a charity 5K run to draw attention to a, er, lesser publicized illness. Will the writers have listened to my Office Season Four wish list and downplayed Jim and Pam? Find out tonight.

10-11 pm: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX.

FX's hilariously subversive comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues tonight with two back-to-back episodes. On the first ("The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation"), the gang decides to declare war on a Korean restaurant owner who threatens to remove Paddy's from its spot on the annual pub crawl. On the second ("The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty McGoo"), Dee is horrified to learn that a loser from her highs school class is now a successful fashion designer.

10 pm: Tim Gunn's Guide to Style on Bravo.

See the style maven make it work on his own fashion series, where he and supermodel Veronica Webb take on one hapless fashion victim and make them over into a sartorial superstar. On tonight's episode, Tim and Veronica take on the challenge of remolding a a pediatrician.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Holy Mackeral. That cast!!

--SD
That's quite a cast but I'm not sure about the premise. Kind of sounds more like a movie plot. But love that the parents are named Bunny and Scotch.

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