TV Bites: Dustin Hoffman Presses Michael Mann's Luck
· Another film actor is trading in his big screen chips temporarily for a turn on premium cable. This time, the Oscar-winner is Dustin Hoffman, who will star in Michael Mann's horse-racing drama at HBO. The pilot, written by David Milch, will center on an intelligent, intuitive tough man (Hoffman) who always has been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations. Dennis Farina and John Ortiz round out the cast as the tough man's trusted chauffeur and trainer. [THR]
Chris Harrison crowns the next Bachelorette, Lindsey Vonn tries out primetime, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Last night during ABC's After the Final Rose Special, Chris Harrison revealed that next season's Bachelorette will be Ali Fedotowsky, the cute working girl from San Francisco who gave up Jake this season to save her job. [EW]
· America's Winter Olympic Sweetheart, Lindsey Vonn, will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Law and Order as a jury foreman. [zap2it]
· Dexter alum Julie Benz will join Michael Chiklis in ABC's drama pilot No Ordinary Family about a once aspiring artist-turned-police artist who suddenly finds himself with new "abilities." [THR]
· Former American Idol contender Katharine McPhee is heading to The Pink House, NBC's comedy pilot about Midwesterners John "Fitz" Fitzgerald and Rob "Bernie" Burnett who move to L.A. and rent a house right on the beach, determined to find jobs they actually love and make the most of their twenties. McPhee plays a down-to-earth Midwest girl new to Manhattan Beach who lives in an apartment behind the guy's house. [THR]
· Shocker: The Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the television rights to Precious, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey. [Variety]