February 25, 2014
CBS has signed Jamie Lee Curtis to star in an untitled medical drama pilot, from “Smash” executive producer David Marshall Grant. In the project Curtis will play the mother of quadruplets who grew up on a reality TV show. In the story the husband of Curtis’ character has died from a rare genetic disease, and each of her kids as a 50 percent chance developing the disease as well.
Actress Lily Rabe has signed to star in ABC’s drama pilot “The Visitors,” playing an FBI agent and single mother. Rabe most recently appeared on FX’s “American Horror Story.”
“Girls” star Lena Dunham is set to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on March 8, her first time hosting the long-running show. The musical guest that night will be The National. “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is scheduled to host on March 1 with musical guest Beck.
CBS has added Janet McTeer to the cast of its upcoming drama “Battle Creek,” from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan. McTeer most recently appeared in the British series “The White Queen.”
Maureen FitzPatrick has been named executive producer of “Hot Bench,” an upcoming syndicated court show from “Judge Judy” star Judy Sheindlin. FitzPatrick was previously executive vice president of programming and development at CBS Television Distribution.
Tribal DDB Worldwide has promoted Sandra Krstic to co-chief executive officer in its Amsterdam office, replacing Jacco ter Schegget. Krstic was previously deputy managing director.
Source Interlink Media has named Scott P. Dickey chief executive officer, taking over for Michael Sullivan, who becomes CEO of the company’s distribution arm. Dickey was previously chief executive at Competitor Group.
National Journal has brought in Richard Just as editor beginning March 10, working alongside deputy editor Andie Coller as the magazine undergoes a redesign. Just was most recently Washington editor at Newsweek.
The Weather Co. has made a pair of moves, including promoting Mark Mooney from vice president of East Coast cable sales to vice president of East Coast sales. The company has also brought in former Style vice president of ad sales Alicia Muntzner, naming her vice president of East Coast sales.
Actress Ann-Margret will guest on the second season of Showtime’s drama “Ray Donovan,” playing a woman who has a past with Elliott Gould’s character. Her most recent TV role was a guest appearance on “CSI.”
The New York Times has named Matt Chaban writer of its weekly Appraisal column, which was most recently written by Sharon Otterman. Chaban had been covering real estate for The New York Daily News.
Jacquelyn Smith has joined the web site Business Insider, becoming its new careers editor. Smith was previously a staff writer at Forbes.com.
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