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Novelist Recounts Her Ascension to Darren Star-dom

ShutterstockDarrenStarIt started in earnest last August. As author Pamela Redmond Satran delightfully recalls in an Indiewire guest post, that’s when she was bulletin-ed into a fever pitch of professional excitement:

Google Alerts informed me that TV Land was “fast-tracking” the series Younger by Darren Star, based on the book by Pamela Redmond Satran. I was floored, because not only was the show moving forward, but they actually mentioned me and my book!

My LA agent Dana Spector had just gotten married, my NY agent was on vacation, so all my initial news came from Page Six. The fall brought more news: Sutton Foster was set to star, an inspired choice for a role that demands freshness, combined with soul and serious acting chops. Then the adorable Hilary Duff was tapped for the role of the younger colleague, giving the show big-time Hollywood cred, with Debi Mazar as the main character’s best friend – perfect, as I’d always thought of Debi as my secret best friend.

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Josh Gad Tapped for Book of Gilligan

Shutterstock_JoshGadIn the comments to Mike Fleming Jr.‘s Deadline item, the notion of a Warner Bros. Gilligan’s Island movie starring Josh Gad is being greeted with overwhelming dismay. We concur.

Book of Mormon – in NYC and on tour – is a sublimely hilarious concoction worthy of Wilder, Sturges and SCTV. As opposed to dredging the Skipper and Little Buddy. Should the makers of this pointless, doomed enterprise foolishly decide to proceed, they would do well to pay special attention to Deadline commenter Ross Kardon:

What did not make any sense about the 1960′s TV show Gilligan’s Island is why would the Howells pack up all their belongings if they only intended to be away for three hours?…

If they were really stranded on a tropical island, those castaways would have had to deal with serious survival problems like mosquitoes, malaria, dengue fever and other diseases and not being able to get to a doctor.

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Accused Alec Baldwin Stalker: ‘I Have No Chance of Winning’

Shutterstock_AlecBaldwinThe Alec Baldwin NYC stalker trial is big news north of the border. The accused woman – aspiring Quebec actress and former Adventures of Pluto Nash unit publicist Genevieve Sabourin – was emblazoned across the front page of the Journal de Montreal Friday and that same morning gave an interview to radio station CHOI 91.9 FM. She is scheduled to testify Tuesday.

Sabourin dodged a question about whether she sent Baldwin a certain celebrated “St. Patrick’s Day” email. She also explained that she is currently staying at a “summer camp” three-and-a-half hours by car from Manhattan, meaning she will tomorrow once again commute a total of seven hours for her NYC court appearance. Sabourin seems pretty clear-eyed about her legal prospects:

“I have no chance of winning, I’ve known it from day one. I’ve said it all along. I’ve asked the Canadian Embassy, the Quebec Delegate General, nobody ever called me back.”

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Tom Selleck Recalls Tom Clancy’s Magnum P.I. Intentions

Shutterstock_TomSelleckThese are the bittersweet coincidences that journalism is sometimes made of.

Yesterday, for the latest installment of his TV-side Q&A series “The 11 Big Questions,” Yahoo Entertainment features editor Richard Rushfield shared a recent conversation with Tom Selleck that encompassed projects past, present and might-have-been. In the last category, Selleck clarified that he never turned down the lead in Raiders of the Lost Ark and also made some comments that ring even louder today given the sad news of author Tom Clancy‘s passing:

“It’s been a weird progression with Magnum. Tom Clancy is a huge Magnum fan. In the early ’90s, he’d done a couple of wildly successful movie adaptations of his books. We got together, and I went to Universal, and I said ‘It’s time we could do a series of feature films.’”

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Jeff Garlin Interviews Lena Dunham

For Episode 2 of By the Way: In Conversation with Jeff Garlin, the talented actor-writer-host cues up the conversation he had with Lena Dunham at Largo right after the 2012 Prime Time Emmy Awards. (He’s up to eight episodes now, the latest being Conan O’Brien.)

It was during that crazy awards weekend crush that Garlin met Dunham for the first time in person. And it was also, at a Friday night bash catered by the restaurant Animal, that his guest found herself gorging on some cliched fried chicken:

“I was so happy, and then I had this thought where, ‘So here I am at this party, fulfilling everyone’s expectations of what they’d see me doing at a party, just f*cking eating everything!’ I was so bummed.”

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Variety Follows Renner with McRaney

Three weeks into PMC’s relaunch of Variety, two articles of note have involved actors from opposite ends of the film-TV spectrum.

For Issue No. 1 (April 2), Steve Challogan visited a massive $25 million residential property in Holmby Hills flip-renovated by Jeremy Renner and business partner Kristoffer Winters. Actually, make that just Winters. It’s only at the very end of the piece that readers are clearly told that “Renner, it should be noted, doesn’t have a financial stake in this property, but was present during the remodeling when he wasn’t busy shooting the latest Bourne movie.” Nevertheless, the piece is a great glimpse past the usually forbidding hedges of westside mega-manses.

In this week’s April 16 issue, TV critic Brian Lowry takes stock of the resurgent guest star careers of familiar faces like former Simon & Simon star Gerald McRaney:

McRaney describes himself as “sort of a gypsy at heart” who is having the time of his life flitting from playing a Warren Buffett-like billionaire to a drunken ex-cop to a seedy criminal. When asked about down time between roles, he says, “I consider anything after two weeks not to be a vacation, but unemployment.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lost Arlene Dahl Interview Highlights One of Hollywood’s Unlikeliest Age-Gap Romances

If you Google the name of retired Hollywood actress Arlene Dahl, the primary search result is a wonderful 1985 article by People magazine reporter John Stark. Today, FishbowlLA is thrilled to be able to add to this strand by means of a “lost” interview done with Dahl ahead of her July 1984 marriage to Marc Rosen.

Separated in age by 18 years, the two tied the knot several decades after the coupling of Mae West and Chester Rybinski/Paul Novak, and years ahead of two other more famous older-woman-younger man Hollywood unions: Susan Sarandon-Tim Robbins and Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher. Unlike those last two pairings, Dahl and Rosen are still together today, in spite of an age difference greater than that of Moore-Kutcher (15 1/2 years) or Sarandon-Robbins (12 years).

In the lost, pre sixth-wedding conversation, Dahl explains why she has been married so many times and candidly shares her concerns about the Rosen age difference. Her union was sealed long before the term “cougar” was coined by a Canadian dating site in 1999 and further popularized in a 2001 book by Valerie Gibson. But if the Internet had been around back then, you can be sure bloggers would have made liberal use of the term. From the lost interview:

“I was raised in the Midwest and I’ve done everything according to form. I’ve been a very old-fashioned girl. I don’t have romance until I get married. And I always [until now] marry an older man.”

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Searching for a Great Sugar Man Follow-Up? Rolling Stone Has It

Before Argo, both in real life and at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, there was Searching for Sugar Man. The winner of the Documentary Feature prize is just about the most entertaining in-search-of doc since Michael Moore was in his GM, George W.-tracking prime.

Rolling Stone associate editor Andy Greene delightfully keeps the vibe going with today’s “10 Things You Didn’t Know…” feature. God love Sixto Rodriguez, a guy who opted not to attend the Oscars and then nonchalantly skipped his moment of Academy triumph from afar:

“I was asleep when it won, but my daughter Sandra called to tell me,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t have TV service anyway.”

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Deadline Gets the Barbara Walters Scoop

Score one for Nikki Finke‘s tireless TV editor. It is Nellie Andreeva who arrived first this morning to the news of Barbara Walters‘ TV retirement plans, although she initially confused many with the suggestion it would be May of this year. From her updated item:

I’ve learned a plan has been put in place for Walters to announce her retirement, eyed for May 2014. Fitting for Walters’ status as the grand dame of TV journalism and a signature face of ABC News, I hear she would be given a big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content in the weeks leading to her retirement that would celebrate her 52-year broadcast career.

The breaking news on Deadline sent other outlets and media journalists into overdrive. Some, like The Daily Beast and the New York Daily News, were happy to give Deadline the link-back love, credit. Many others preferred instead to frame the developing story via the new-sources, we-separately-confirmed drill.

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