By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Monday, October 8, 2007
We can just imagine how the pitch to the network suits went: It's "Cagney & Lacey" meets "Gilmore Girls" meets "The Wire"!
Preposterous, you say? Well, it's more or less the idea behind a new drama series in development for Fox TV -- the better-than-fiction story of D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
The veteran producer behind the project, Bob Cooper, explained to the Hollywood Reporter last week why he was compelled by Lanier's story: "Here's a white woman in a man's world and an African American world, working with agency after agency in a complicated jurisdiction like Washington, D.C." And don't forget the part about how she dropped out of ninth grade to have a baby yet still climbed the career ladder to the top job before she turned 40 -- darn, why didn't we think to pitch this?
Oh, and before anyone complains about the chief cashing in and going Hollywood on us, hold off on that ethics complaint: Turns out the Hollywood folks never even bothered to loop her in on the action.
"I have not heard one word about it," Lanier told our colleague Allison Klein. "Nobody has called me or asked me anything."
"Can they do that?" she asked, laughing. "I think they probably should contact me, unless they are just going to fabricate it."
Will it be set in D.C.? Cooper didn't return our call by deadline to discuss the project, so we're taking the liberty of giving him some notes on casting. Hollywood's go-to tough chicks, Sandra Bullock and Jodie Foster, aren't likely to do TV; Kyra Sedgwick is still busy playing an edgy lady cop in "The Closer"; so let's bring in Vera Farmiga ("The Departed") and Laura Dern for a meeting.On a Win and a Prayer: A Reality Show Award
Reality TV has bimbos, bugs, battles and now its own honors: the Reality Remix Really Awards, at which Waldorf's Jameka Cameron won for "best moment of prayer."
"I think it's a category that was just added," says Cameron. "But I'll take it."
The 29-year-old counselor at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Temple Hills was one of the final four contestants on "Big Brother 8" (yes, it's still on the air). Cameron's devout Christian beliefs were played up by CBS: She was routinely seen reading the Bible and making references to God before being ousted by "Evel Dick" Donato and his daughter.
"He really is not that bad a person," Cameron told our colleague Jennifer Frey. "Game is game and you know that going into it. But he definitely made comments that cut through the core of your soul." The hardest part of the show, she said, was having nothing to do -- producers do not allow books (other than the Bible), television or magazines in the house, which created more downtime for contestants to snipe at each other. Oh, and turning the corner to find "couples being intimate."
The RRRAs, taped last week in Hollywood, air Oct. 28 on Fox Reality Channel.THIS JUST IN . . .
Pamela Anderson tied the knot with boyfriend Rick Salomon Saturday in Las Vegas. This is the third marriage for the actress and for Salomon, best-known for his sex tape with Paris Hilton. The couple found romance, Anderson told Ellen DeGeneres, when "I paid off a poker debt with sexual favors, and I fell in love."
Britney Spears has reunited with her estranged mom, Lynne, reports People magazine. The pop star and her mother, at odds over the care of Spears's sons, spent the weekend at her Malibu home.
Bruce Springsteen -- hero of working-class stiffs -- is being sued after backing out of a deal to buy an $850,000 horse for his 15-year-old daughter, Jessica. Olympic equestrian Todd Minikus filed a breach-of-contract suit in Palm Beach, Fla., last week claiming the Boss and wife Patti Scialfa agreed to purchase top jumper Pavarotti but reneged after the horse performed poorly at the Pan Am Games in July. Minikus says the horse has diminished in value because the Springsteens got cold feet.Jenna Bush: Sleepless in Washington
The Jenna Bush Book Tour (Week 3): November's Texas Monthly reveals more nuggets about the first family:
Sleeping arrangements, Part 1: Jenna crashes in what she calls "the White House kids' bedroom," just down the hall from her parents' room. (Chelsea Clinton, JFK Jr. and LBJ's girls slept there.) "I feel like it's filled with millions of ghosts. I get scared there sometimes. I'm not kidding. I have heard ghosts, I really have -- ghosts singing opera. One night, opera noises came out of my fireplace. When I told my sister, she didn't believe me, but the next week we were up late in that bedroom and we heard 1950s piano music. People will think I'm crazy for saying that."
Sleeping arrangements, Part 2: When Jenna told her father she and Henry Hager were going camping last year, he said, "Do you have two tents?" And when her now-fiance visits, he stays in his own room. "Oh, yeah," she said. "Dad's still the traditionalist, you know."