- Last Updated: 3:48 AM, June 8, 2012
- Posted: 10:48 PM, June 7, 2012
This is a big weekend for some local anchors.
(OK, we’ll make one exception to the “local” rule — but well, “Good Morning America” does air from Times Square.)
First on the agenda is “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts, who will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame tomorrow in Knoxville, Tenn. She’s going into the Hall as a “contributor” — due to her basketball coverage while at ESPN — but she was also quite a hoopster at Southeastern Lousiana (where she’s still the school’s all-time top scorer and rebounder). She’ll be inducted along with Nancy Fahey, Nikki McCray, Pamela McGee, Inge Nissen and Dawn Staley. So congrats to Robin on that big milestone.
Meanwhile, Ch. 2’s annual Tony Awards preview airs tomorrow (at 7 p.m.). “At the Tonys With Dana Tyler” will include interviews with nominees Linda Lavin and Tracie Bennett in anticipation of Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremonies — airing live on CBS with host Neil Patrick Harris, who stars in CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother.”
And NY1 Noticias anchor Carleth Keys and reporter Jonathan Inoa — along with salsa singer Frankie Negron — will be on the NY1 float at Sunday’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which is sponsored this year by Time Warner Cable (which owns NY1).
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The actress hired to play Casey Anthony, was apparently “Imperfect” for the role of “The Most Hated Woman in America.”
Holly DeVeaux has been replaced on Lifetime’s TV movie “Imperfect Justice” by Virginia Welch, who’ll portray Anthony, acquitted last July of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee — a verdict that continues to outrage the country nearly a year later.
The casting change was made late last week — before principal shooting began — for “creative” reasons, a spokeswoman for the movie told me yesterday.
“The producers felt that once they got into production it was the best thing for the movie,” she said. “It wasn’t for any big dramatic reason.
“It’s not uncommon to re-cast movies,” she said. “There are no hard feelings and we look forward to working with Holly again.”
The Texas-born Welch has appeared in the Web series “Dicki,” “A God Named Pablo” and “Newsmakers,” and on the big screen in “Play James Play,” “Love Bites” and “Confidence Trick.”
“Imperfect Justice” co-stars Kevin Dunn and Marina Stephenson Kerr as Casey’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and Rob Lowe (who’s also producing) as prosecutor Jeff Ashton — upon whose book, “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” the movie is based (it’s told told from Ashton’s point of view, according to Lifetime).
“Imperfect Justice” — written by “Rizzoli & Isles” scribe Alison Cross — doesn’t yet have an airdate, but is expected to premiere next year. And Lowe, this time around, is playing a character on the other side of the legal fence.
Last January, he starred in Lifetime’s highly rated “Drew Peterson: Untouchable,” which revolved around the former Chicago-area cop suspected of killing two of his four wives — and who is currently awaiting trial.
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Last, but not least:
* The eighth and final season of HBO’s “Entourage” is out on DVD/Blu-ray (and via digital download) this Tuesday (June 12) . . . Congrats to Think PR’s Jamie Krauss — who got engaged to fiancee George Hess this week at Barry’s Bootcamp Chelsea. Jamie’s mom, Joan Lunden, was there to witness the event, as were Jamie’s sisters, Sarah and Lindsay . . . Memo to those in midtown eateries who dawdle obliviously on the buffet line, taking your sweet time, while the rest of us behind you — who are very hungry — stew quietly. Are you purposely being clueless and rude or were you just born that way?