Grant Show, a former resident of “Melrose Place,” is moving to a new locale.
Show has signed on to FOX’s midseason series “Point Pleasant,” a supernatural soap opera from former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” scribe Marti Noxon. He’ll play a guy whose presence casts a shadow over the seaside town of the title.
The show’s original pilot didn’t include Show, and the character he’ll now play was a minor one. With him on board, the role will expand significantly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Point Pleasant” centers on a young woman (Elisabeth Harnois) with strange abilities who washes up on the beach, much to the chagrin of the community. She has a connection with Show’s character, although not necessarily a positive one.
FOX ordered 13 episodes of the show in September after passing on it during the spring development season. A second script from Noxon helped change the network’s mind.
Show played Jake Hanson on “Melrose Place” for five seasons. More recently, he’s done guest-starring arcs on “Six Feet Under” and “Strong Medicine” and starred in the NBC movie “Homeland Security” and Lifetime’s “Sex and the Single Mom.” He’s set to begin work on a sequel to the latter film later this year.
Alicia Silverstone will try her luck on television again with a comedy project at FOX.
She’ll star in a pilot called “Queen B” from former “Seinfeld” and “Simpsons” writer Jennifer Crittenden. It revolves around a self-centered young woman who’s used to getting her way.
“It’s kind of a character that we’re used to seeing men play, and I’m really excited about it being a woman who is totally self-absorbed and immature and charming enough to get away with it,” Crittenden tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The show comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, which produced Silverstone’s NBC series “Miss Match” last season. The actress signed a talent deal with Imagine after “Miss Match” was cancelled.
In “Queen B,” Silverstone will play a woman named Beatrice, who was the prettiest, most popular girl at her high school and milked her status for all it was worth — sort of like her “Clueless” character, Cher, only meaner. As an adult, though, she finds the wider world doesn’t hold her in such high regard.
In addition to “The Simpsons” and “Seinfeld,” Crittenden has worked as a writer and producer on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” earning Emmy nominations as part of the show’s production team and a writing nod for the 2001 episode “Marie’s Sculpture.”
She will write the pilot script for “Queen B” and executive produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins. Silverstone and her producing partner, Carolyn Kessler, will serve as co-exec producers.
Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly has settled a sexual harassment suit filed by a producer of his show, ending a two-week legal and media imbroglio.
Andrea Mackris, 33, is dropping a suit that claimed O’Reilly repeatedly propositioned her for phone sex and made other inappropriate comments to her while she worked as an associate producer on “The O’Reilly Factor.” O’Reilly, in turn, is dropping a claim of extortion against Mackris and her lawyer, Benedict Morelli.
The settlement also states that both sides agree there was no wrong done by O’Reilly, Mackris or Morelli, according to numerous news reports. Other terms, including financial settlements, weren’t disclosed, although some outlets are reporting that O’Reilly, 55, paid Mackris a seven-figure sum.
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