Aidan Quinn cast as ‘Motor City’ mogul

Former Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn hasn’t had the best luck with network TV series of late. First there was his turn as a pill-popping priest NBC’s “The Book of Daniel,” which got canceled after four episodes. Then there was his turn in the legal drama “Canterbury’s Law” on FOX, which made it to a whole six episodes before being dropped by the net last May.

tjndc5-5b5s9a753mbzj3k1ezi_layout.jpgI would have thought that those two, Quinn might have turned all his attention back to movies (or at least HBO movies, like “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which earned him an Emmy nod). But not so fast.

We just learned that he’s been cast in the new ABC series “Prince of Motor City.” It’s sort of a Bill Ford as Hamlet kind of role. The other lead role in the series will be played by Rutger Hauer. Thow in the rest of the decent-sounding cast—Andie MacDowell, Piper Perabo, John Carroll Lynch, and Sharon Lawrence for starters—and after two-strikeouts, Quinn may finally have a possible hit on his hands.

The Hollywood Reporter is already calling it the “Dirty Sexy Money” of the pilot season. By which we can only assume they mean, a really strong ensemble show that gets off to an outstanding first season … and then has an interminable Sopranos-like hiatus before its next season.

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Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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Aidan Quinn and Julianna Margulies: Rockland’s Newest Power Couple


On TV at least. According to our sister bloggers over at Remote Access, the two stars — Quinn lives in Sneden’s Landing, Margulies was born in Spring Valley — will will be teaming for a FOX mid-season series called “Canterbury’s Law.” And here I predicted, after Quinn’s ill-fated NBC show “The Book of Daniel,” that he would never return to network TV again. Whoops.

The show will center around two married lawyers trying to fix their rocky relationship after their child goes missing. I’m not sure how I feel about any locals turning to FOX these days, especially after its recent treatment of locals like Bedford’s Lasse Hallstrom and Piermont’s Alan Ruck. Just as long as the new show gets the slot following “American Idol,” all will be well.