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December 29, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | December 29, 2008 |

Good news, bad news from HBO last week. The good? Maria Bello has signed a deal with the network to produce and star in a new show. She’s been one of my biggest Hollywood crushes since the little-remembered “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” TV show (Bello and Scott Bakula = yummy for everyone). And it helps that she’s not just good on the eyes, but a damn fine actress, to boot (we’ll ignore the whole Coyote Ugly misstep and the atrociously boring Downloading Nancy). The show, which doesn’t have a title yet, is another in the line of shows about good folks forced into lives of crime. Here, Bello’s character goes bad to support her three kids (who will be her henchmen) after her husband is killed. Sounds like HBO said “we need something like that ‘Weeds’ show. Get us a hot older lady, stat!” It’s being written by Gary Lennon who’s done some good stuff (“The Shield”) and some bad (“The Black Donnellys”). But with Bello on board, I’ll definitely give it a shot.

But with the good, HBO also brings the bad. Stay tuned….

And by the way, for those of you who have forgotten, Dallas sucks! Hey Romo, if you wanna take a trip out to LA, I got something here for you to choke on.


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Industry | December 29, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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