March 12, 2014
History is going big for its next scripted project. The network on Tuesday revealed plans for the eight-hour miniseries “Texas Rising” (working title), set during the Texas revolution against Mexico and highlighting the rise of the Texas Rangers. Bill Paxton will lead an impressive cast, playing Sam Houston. He’ll be joined by Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Thomas Jane, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot. Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé will direct the project.
Discovery Communications has promoted John Honeycutt to chief technology officer, a newly created position. Honeycutt had been executive vice president and chief operating officer for Discovery Networks International.
Cable ad sales company Viamedia has named Kim Norris chief operating officer, working alongside president and chief executive Mark Lieberman. Norris was most recently executive vice president of emerging business and data analytics at Cablevision.
Showtime has added Keke Palmer to the cast of drama “Masters of Sex” for its second season, in a recurring role as the Masters family’s nanny. Palmer has previously appeared on shows including “90210” and “True Jackson, VP.”
Nic Bishop has joined the cast of USA’s “Covert Affairs,” which begins its fifth season this summer. Bishop previously starred in “Body of Proof,” and since then he’s appeared in “Hot in Cleveland,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI” and “Castle.”
Actress Olivia Wilde has joined HBO’s untitled rock music drama, joining Bobby Cannavale. The project was created by “Boardwalk Empire” duo Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter and Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.
Mark Rozzo has signed on with Vanity Fair as deputy editor, according to The New York Post, joining fellow deputy editors Aimee Bell, Dana Brown and Punch Hutton. Rozzo was previously executive editor at Town & Country.
Oprah Winfrey is turning old material into a new book. In September Winfrey will release “What I Know For Sure,” a compilation of her back-of-the-book column that has ended every issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The book will be released in September.
Matthew Power, a freelance journalist who worked as a contributing writer at Harper’s and Outside magazines, died earlier this week at age 39 of presumed heatstroke. Powers was working on a story in Uganda for Men’s Journal about an explorer walking the length of the Nile River. Other publications Powers wrote for during his career include The New York Times and GQ.
Rick Green, a columnist who has worked at The Hartford Courant for 27 years, has left the newspaper to take a job as spokesman for the University of Vermont Foundation. Green also served as political editor at the newspaper.
CW has added Rose McIver to its drama pilot “iZombie,” based on the DC comic book. McIver has most recently appeared on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”
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