*Khary Payton (“Young Justice”) and Janina Gavankar (“True Blood”) will join Ben Rappaport in USA‘s single-camera comedy pilot, “Love Is Dead,” reports Deadline.com.
Based on a French short film, the story is set at an agency that specializes in breaking up romantic relationships on behalf of those who are willing to pay to not be around when it happens. It centers on Alex (Rappaport) who, after he’s dumped by a representative of the agency, vows to find out what it is, specifically, that’s wrong with him — by taking a job at the company.
Gavankar plays Marisol Rajagopal, an icy confident and stunningly sexy professional termination associate at the Dunleavy Agency who doesn’t believe people need love to be happy and in fact thinks that they might be better off without it.
Payton will play Doubting Thomas, a former college All-American wide receiver who, after suffering a severe injury, becomes a professional relationship termination associate for the Dunleavy Agency.
*Actor Dulé Hill, star of USA Network’s “Psych,” has filed for legal separation from his wife, actress Nicole Lyn, 34. The couple wed in July 2004 and have apparently been separated since their eight-year anniversary this year.
With ’irreconcilable differences’ being cited in the documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the 37-year-old actor and his wife reportedly have no children.
The East Brunswick, New Jersey-bred actor is best known for his starring role on “West Wing,” and claims two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2001 and 2002.
Lyn-whose mother is Jamaican and father, Chinese and Caucasian, is best known for her role on “Student Bodies,” a Canadian teen comedy series.
Nicole is also a deejay who performs under the name Ms. Nix.
*The USA network is taking a new programming approach on Saturday nights.
In an expansion of its Characters Unite public-service initiative, the top-rated cable network is launching a quarterly Saturday film series Nov. 17 with a special airing of “The Color Purple.”
The NBCUniversal-owned net will present the acclaimed 1985 movie with limited ads and an introduction by star Whoopi Goldberg. The telecast follows an April airing of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was introduced by President Obama.
For NBCUniversal Cable entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer, the project is deeply personal and dates back nearly two decades to when she created the socially conscious Erase the Hate campaign during her first stint at USA. More recently, she has championed the Characters Unite campaign, which is intended to promote diversity.
“I’m a big believer that we’re not born knowing how to hate; we’re taught to hate,” she tells THR of her motivation. “We may be more sophisticated in how we hide it, but there are still so many phobias in this world, whether it’s Islamophobia, xenophobia or homophobia. I’ve been trying to do things that expose and help teach and draw attention to all of the ‘isms’ and how we do or don’t deal with them in our world. ”
In addition to quarterly telecasts, Hammer hopes to arrange panels, classroom applications and discussions with talent, producers or directors to accompany the socially conscience films presented. Given the timing on “The Color Purple,” her plan at press time was to publish an op-ed, co-written with Goldberg.
“Purple’s” airing is set to coincide with both the United Nations’ International Day of Tolerance and the 30th anniversary of the publication of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on which the film is based.
She has not yet licensed additional films to feature but already has taken a look at “Gentleman’s Agreement,” “Imitation of Life,” “Milk” and “Brokeback Mountain,” among others. Given the film series’ socially positive nature, Hammer says she doesn’t foresee encountering trouble licensing movies for a limited distribution window: “When you’re doing something good, it’s not as if people fight you about getting rights.”
Recording artist Ne-Yo arrives at the Loreal Style Stage at the Soul Train Awards 2012 at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 8, 2012 in Las Vegas,
*Ne-Yo has added to the lineup for “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night,” while Flo Rida will honor the US Armed Forces in the 10th annual holiday special, “WWE Tribute to the Troops.”
Ne-Yo joins previously announced performers Luke Bryan and Maroon 5 for the one-hour Grammy nominations concert special, hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift. The show, which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past Grammy Award winners and/or nominees, will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 5 (live 10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT/9:00 PM, CT) CBS.
Following the live broadcast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by Maroon 5.
Rapper Flo Rida performs onstage at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California
Meanwhile, “WWE Tribute to the Troops presented by Slim Jim” will air as a two-hour special on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 on USA Network and as a one-hour television special on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 9 on NBC.
Flo Rida joins a performance lineup that includes Kid Rock and WWE Superstars and Divas for thousands of military personnel and their families at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA. The show will also feature appearances by Disney’s The Muppets, Access Hollywood and NBC Sports’ Michelle Beadle and more.
Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony celebrate winning the gold medal in men’s basketball at London Olympics
*If you haven’t heard, it should come as no surprise that the US beat Spain … again in men’s basketball to win the gold medal in London.
Kevin Durant put in 30 points, LeBron James scored 19 as the U.S. men’s basketball team defended its Olympic title, holding off the determined Spanish team 107-100 on Sunday for the gold medal — just as the Americans did in 2008.
Kobe Bryant added 17 for the US, which only led by one point after three quarters and was ahead just 97-91 when James drove the lane for a thunderous dunk and followed a miss by Spain with a 3-pointer.
In the final minute, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, in his final international game, took out his top stars who came to London with the goal of keeping American basketball on top. When the final horn sounded, Krzyzewski locked James in a tight embrace as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” rocked the arena.
Pau Gasol scored 24 and Juan-Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain, which had to settle for silver in the second straight Olympics.
*Centre Court at the All England Club, Wimbledon played host to the worst Olympic tennis beat down since 1920, (Suzanne Lenglen of France beat Dorothy Holman of Britain 6-3, 6-0) on this windy Saturday in London (so windy the American flag blew clean away).
Serena Williams (4th-seeded) all but completely shut out her rival and world no. 3, Maria Sharapova of Russia, in a 6-0, 6-1 annihilation during the Olympic tennis Gold Medal match. Commentators and spectators knew there would be blood from a meeting between two of the hardest hitting women on the WTA tour, but no one expected Sharapova to leave the massive puddle behind that she did. The match was over in just outside an hour.
Serena Williams, at 31 years old, emerged from the proverbial woodshed with not only an Olympic gold medal, which was the last accolade she hadn’t received over the course of her illustrious career, but also with a career Golden Slam (won all 4 major tournaments at least once and the Olympic gold medal). She is only the second woman to have done so in the history of tennis (Steffi Graf also achieved the prestigious feat). Both Williams and Sharapova were in contention for the distinction.
The match began ominously for the 6’2″ Russian, as Williams slammed down 3 aces and one unreturnable serve on the way to winning the opening game of the match and she didn’t look back. That set the stage for a 9 game run and tennis clinic, which saw Sharapova either watching balls go by that she couldn’t even touch or spraying balls all over the stadium that she simply couldn’t handle. It was winner after winner, ace after ace (24 and 10). The stunned crowd could barely catch their breath.
Media personality, Chelsea Handler, who was in Maria Sharapova’s box all week and had seemingly been the 2012 French Open winner’s good luck charm up to that point, was able to channel no such luck during the massacre; Serena Williams was simply too good and too determined.
Once the match was complete, with Sharapova winning just one game, Williams let out her signature roar, jumped repeatedly for joy and did a celebration “crip walk” at her chair.
If the score hadn’t been settled before for the upset Sharapova delivered to Williams during the Wimbledon final of 2004, today, on the world stage of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Serena Williams showed tennis fans who’s boss and the true world no. 1.
Next up, the 14-time Slam champion and 2012 Wimbledon winner will join her sister, Venus Williams, in competing for their third Olympic gold medal together in doubles. They will compete in the semis against the Czech Republic, today.