Here are the news items for today:
The legend himself – Stan Lee – will be making a guest appearance on Chuck in the 7th episode of the final season. Chuck will get to meet Lee “in the most unexpected places,” but no other specifics are being provided. Chuck will be back on October 21 at 8 PM on NBC. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide and HitFix.com)
Actor John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) will guest star on the new CBS medical-supernatural-laced drama A Gifted Man as Ben, an upscale limo driver for an elite car service, who has a condition that causes him to break into uncontrollable fits of rage that dissipate almost as quickly as they arrived. And, what’s more he also is hiding a terrible secret; and it’s when he brings his son into the late(-ish) Anna’s Clinica Sonando that he decides he needs to be treated himself. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
Carlton Cuse (one of the men behind Lost) will team with author/pastor Rob Bell for Stronger, a drama project with spiritual overtones that has been sold to ABC. The potential project revolves around Tom Stronger, a musician and teacher, and his spiritual journey as he becomes a benefactor and guide to others. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
ABC has picked up the drama project called Turner Loose from Barry Schindel (executive producer of Numb3rs). The project is about Bobby Turner, a disgraced Wall Street banker turned jailhouse lawyer. Turner can get plenty of other inmates out of prison, but can’t win his own freedom — until he gets a chance to work with the female prosecutor who put him away. (Tim Molloy at The Wrap)
Reaper creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have sold projects to CBS and the CW. The CBS project is called Notorious, a character-based procedural that follows an attention-loving LAPD detective who has become famous after solving a murder that made national headlines. The CW project is an as-yet untitled Alien Bounty Hunter project about a young woman who, on the first day of her new job, discovers that the cosmetics company for which she is working is actually a cover business for a secret governmental project that monitors alien activity on Earth. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Writers Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff (who co-wrote Kung Fu Panda) have sold a project to NBC set in Shanghai. The project is about a pair of fugitive recovery agents working in China’s (and the world’s) largest city. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actress Ellen Page has joined the cast of the upcoming thriller called The East that focuses on a group of eco terrorists. Page will play a member who was formerly romantically involved with the group’s head (Alexander Skarsgard). Brit Marling also stars as a law enforcement agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the group. (Variety and Dark Horizons)
Actor Sebastian Stan (Captain America), actress Katie McGrath (Merlin) and acting legend John Hurt have signed on to star in the three-part adventure thriller mini-series called Labyrinth that is an adaptation of the novel by Kate Mosse. The story jumps between modern and Medieval France and centers on a search for the Holy Grail. This mini-series is expected to air in mid-2012. (The Hollywood Reporter and Dark Horizons)
That’s it. Enjoy!
Have a terrific weekend!