TVLine Items: De Niro Replaces Gandolfini in HBO Series, Charisma Woos Blue Bloods and More!
Loosely based on the 2008 BBC series by the same name, the project follows an American-born Pakistani cab driver (Riz Ahmed) who, after a night of partying, wakes to find a girl stabbed to death in his bed.
De Niro portrays Jack Stone, a low-rent jailhouse lawyer who appoints himself the accused’s attorney.
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Gandolfini will receive a posthumous executive producer credit on Justice.
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• As she revealed on Twitter, Charisma Carpenter is shooting a guest-starring role for a November episode of CBS’ Blue Bloods. TVLine has learned that the Buffyverse alum/Surviving Evil host is playing Marianne Romano, a blowsy, flashy and overly needy beauty who beckons long-ago fling Danny for help when her fiancée decks her in a fit of ‘roid rage. Alas, Marianne’s attempt to tweak Danny’s heartstrings backfires when it results in a police investigation of [spoiler]! Blue Bloods opens its new season this Friday at 10/9c.
• Garret Dillahunt’s real-life wife Michelle Hurd (The Glades, 90210) will guest-star in an installment of Raising Hope, TVLine has learned exclusively. She’ll play a sketchy FBI agent in the Fox comedy’s upcoming Hitchcock-themed episode. Hope returns Friday, Nov. 8 at 9/8c.
• Nathan Lane has been tapped to co-star opposite Brendan Gleeson in HBO’s The Money, a new drama pilot from David Milch (NYPD Blue, Luck), Deadline reports. The project centers on the wealth and corruption surrounding a mega-mogul (Gleeson). Lane joins as a reporter whose job is hanging by a thread.
• Oz vet Terry Kinney has joined ABC’s upcoming limited series Black Box, which follows a neuroscientist struggling with mental illness. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kinney will play the hospital’s medical director and the leading lady’s onetime mentor.
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