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01/06/2013

Cher Signs Logo Development Deal, Working On 1960s Period Drama

Cher60sHere's a perfect fit if there ever was one: Cher, an empress in the pantheon of gay icons, has signed a development deal with Logo, the Viacom-owned, LGBT-minded cable channel.

The precise terms of the deal are being held under lock and key at the moment, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Logo bought a pilot script conceived by the singer and Ron Zimmerman, a former lover who has written episodes for the TV shows 'Til Death, My Wife and Kids and 7th Heaven.

This Logo show, yet to be titled, takes place in 1960s Hollywood, a backdrop with which Cher of course has plenty of experience.

Logo's Senior VP of original programming, Brent Zacky, told THR after the project was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour that the network had looked at some of of Cher and Zimmerman's other ideas, but that this show seemed more viable. 

"We read some of the stuff that Cher and Ron had written and it was really terrific," he said. "We came up with an idea set in Hollywood in the early '60s and we're very excited to see how we get through the process. The deal is brand-new and we're just getting started on the project."

Zacky couldn't say yet whether Cher will appear on screen, but did say the project is just one of many original programs its considering for the months ahead.

"We're very carefully and hopefully diligently taking a few shots in this arena and we'll see how it pans out," Zacky said. "We're certainly excited to be in business with an icon like Cher and Ron, who is a terrific writer."

Posted Jan. 6,2013 at 10:15 AM EST by in Cher, Film and TV, News | Permalink | Comments (7)


Obama To Nominate Chuck Hagel As Defense Secretary Tomorrow

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It's official. Or it will be soon. Democratic sources tell Politico that President Obama will hold a news conference tomorrow to formally nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Defense Secretary. Obama will also reportedly name a successor for disgraced Gen. David Petraeus' CIA job.

Hagel will be the main event, though, mostly because of the controversy over his past comments on Iran, Israel and gay people, the latter of whom he said in 1998 couldn't represent the nation's values abroad.

But President Obama, who says Hagel's apology for those remarks shows a "positive change," seems confident in Hagel's abilities and experiences. Said a Democratic insider of the soon-to-be nominee, "Chuck Hagel is a decorated war hero who would be the first enlisted soldier and Vietnam veteran to go on to serve as Secretary of Defense. He had the courage to break with his party during the Iraq War, and would help bring the war in Afghanistan to an end while building the military we need for the future."

Hagel was also described as a "champion of the troops" whom President Obama trusts: "The President knows him well, has traveled with him to Iraq and Afghanistan, trusts him, and believes he represents the proud tradition of a strong, bipartisan foreign policy in the United States."

It's unclear how conservatives who question Hagel's commitment to Israel and liberals who worry about his discriminatory past will react to the nomination: will they launch a campaign to block his nomination? Even those in the Senate, the body that will ultimately confirm or reject Hagel's nomination, don't know for sure.

One Democratic Senate source told Politico, "I don't think Dems just fall in line. Ultimately, he may be confirmed. But at this stage, his fate is totally up in the air. He will really have to work hard to overcome some of his previous statements and positions."

But do Democrats really want to look like they're obstructing the president? Wouldn't they rather leave that to conservatives?

Posted Jan. 6,2013 at 9:27 AM EST by in Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel, David Petraeus, News | Permalink | Comments (18)



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