The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Keri Russell lands a new role, so does a former Bachelorette, and Sigourney Weaver heads to television.
Heavy-maned actress Keri Russell, our dear wishy-washy Felicity, has had a strange career in the ten years (oof) since that show ended. Basically she just hasn't done much. Then last year she seemed ready to come back into our lives on a regular basis, but her sitcom, Running Wilde, went belly up after only a few episodes. But now she's trying again, god love her. She's just been cast in the intriguing-sounding based-on-a-true-ish-story FX pilot The Americans, about a pair of KGB spies posing as a married American couple in 1980s Washington D.C. Russell will play the wife, while the role of the husband, who begins to fall in love with American culture while he and his fake wife fall in love with each other, has yet to be cast. So it's sort of a mix of The Riches and Homeland with a fun '80s periodness thrown in. If this was, say, on CBS we'd be a little ehhh about it, but it's FX! FX makes good, interesting shows. Well done, Keri. You picked Ben (oooops) and now you've picked a good show. Now why not invite us to brunch in Brooklyn sometime, hm? [Entertainment Weekly]
Well look at that. You might not find the man of your dreams on The Bachelorette, but you could maybe get a cushy TV job! Former Bachelorette and potential Jake Pavelka murder victim Ali Fedotowsky will be the host of NBC's travel show 1st Look. You know, that show from that LX TV thing, the back-of-the-cab show? Yeah, that's going to be an actual TV show. Though, heh, it's going to air on like eleven stations total and will come on after Saturday Night Live. So it's not exactly a Today Show gig. But still, it probably beats being an ad accounts manager at Facebook, which was what she was doing before all of this Bachelor/Bachelorette nonsense began. Though, hm. That actually doesn't sound like a bad job. Isn't working at Facebook like working at a more youthful Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, just with magic computers and booze instead of candy? And doesn't Andrew Garfield walk around the office in a suit giving everyone hugs? That sounds pretty good. Ali, can we have your old job? [The Hollywood Reporter]