TV Shows by Broadway's Hugh Jackman and Jimmy Smits Picked Up by CBS for Fall

News   TV Shows by Broadway's Hugh Jackman and Jimmy Smits Picked Up by CBS for Fall
Broadway leading men Hugh Jackman and Jimmy Smits will work their magic behind the cameras this year as their respective television pilots have been picked up by CBS for the upcoming fall season.
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The new 2007-08 primetime line-up — featuring five new shows (four dramas, one comedy) — was revealed May 16 at the annual presentation to advertisers and media at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Jackman — Tony Award winner for The Boy From Oz — executive produces and will guest star in "Viva Laughlin!," about a man who runs a casino in the titular town (way outside of Las Vegas). It is based on the BBC show "Viva Blackpool."

Smits (Anna in the Tropics) is executive producer for the series "Cane," in which he co-stars with Hector Elizondo (Sly Fox) and Rita Moreno (The Ritz). The series centers on a Cuban-American family who run a successful rum and sugar business in Florida.

Recent Little Dog Laughed star Johnny Galecki stars in "The Big Bang Theory," a comedy about two brainy best friends who both suddenly fall in love with their new neighbor. Iris Bahr (Dai (enough)) also appears.

Slated as a mid-season show is "Swingtown," featuring stage veterans Josh Hopkins (Blackout - L.A.) and Miriam Shor (Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams).

Among the returning shows featuring theatre folk that were picked up for another season are "How I Met Your Mother" with Neil Patrick Harris (Assassins) and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," co-starring Hamish Linklater (The Busy World Is Hushed).

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To view pickups from other networks, visit:
ABC: here.
FOX: here.
NBC: here.

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