Debra Winger is 'In Treatment,' 'Private Practice' gets new bosses
Winger ("Terms of Endearment," "Rachel Getting Married") will play a successful actress who's having anxiety attacks over the state of her career and seeks out therapist Paul (Gabriel Byrne), Deadline.com reports. The part will be her first regular role on a TV series.
Irrfan Khan ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Dane DeHaan will also be part of the show's new season.
- "Private Practice" has promoted two of its writers, Craig Turk and Steve Blackman, to co-head writers on the show for next season. They'll essentially be the day-to-day showrunners for the ABC series, according to several reports, although the buck will still ultimately stop with creator Shonda Rhimes.
Turk, who's been with the show from its start in 2007, and Blackman, who joined last season, have each written several episodes of the show. Turk previously worked on "Boston Legal" and "Cold Case," while Blackman's experience includes "Bones" and "Las Vegas."
- Former "Daily Show" and "Late Late Show" host Craig Kilborn is jumping back into the talk-show arena, this time with a syndicated show.
Kilborn and 20th TV are developing what The New York Times describes as a "non-political 'Daily Show'" for the former ESPN anchor. It would likely be a daytime show and could get a trial run on FOX-owned stations (though not the network as a whole) as soon as this summer.
Kilborn hosted the first incarnation of "The Daily Show" from 1996-98 and CBS' "Late Late Show" from 2000-04.
- A pair of AMC pilots, "The Killing" and "The Walking Dead," have added to their casts.
Laurie Holden ("The Shield") will star in the Frank Darabont zombie drama "The Walking Dead," according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play one of several still-human survivors of a zombie epidemic who's good with a gun.
Kristin Lehman, meanwhile, is close to signing on to "The Killing," according to Deadline.com. The show follows several people caught up in a murder investigation in Seattle; Lehman ("Drive," "Judging Amy") would play the chief of staff for a Seattle councilman (Billy Campbell) who's running for mayor.
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