TV Bites: Lizzy Caplan Latest to Join Party Down Cast Exodus
· It has been a worrisome year for the cast of Starz's sophomore series Party Down. First, Jane Lynch departed for Glee, then Adam Scott for Parks and Recreation, and then Ryan Hansen for an NBC pilot and now the latest: Lizzy Caplan (whom Movieline spoke to recently) has defected to a CBS pilot called True Love. The project centers on four New York friends looking for love. No word yet on whether Caplan (billed at this point as a guest star for the pilot) will try to fit in a few episodes of Party Down, like some of her other co-stars breaking into network work, if True Love is picked up. [THR]
A former Bratpacker explores the premium cable miniseries landscape, Steven Spielberg conquers a Future Earth, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Emmy-winning actress Mare Winningham has been cast in HBO's upcoming miniseries Mildred Pierce, which stars Kate Winslet in the title role as a single mother working as a waitress and struggling to earn her daughter's (Evan Rachel Wood) love in Depression-era Los Angeles. Winningham will play Mildred's friend Ida Corwin in the five-hour miniseries from Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven). [THR]
· Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks TV and DreamWorks Animation are all behind a new animated miniseries for the Discovery Channel which will simulate what Earth will look like in 25, 50 and 100 years. The project is called Future Earth. [Variety]
· Viewers may not get to see Katherine Heigl on the May 20 season finale of Grey's Anatomy, but they will see Mandy Moore. The former teen sensation will play a patient being treated by Bailey (Chandra Wilson). [TV Guide]
· In Joan Rivers's upcoming documentary, Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work, the comedian claims that NBC coaxed her into participating in last year's Celebrity Apprentice by assuring her that Paul Newman had already signed on to compete. The screen legend died a month before filming the season began. Also worth noting: NBC denies that Newman was ever in talks for the project. [NYP]
· The Masters will be shown in 3D for the first time ever via cable. [THR]