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Josh Schwartz makes a casting swap on 'Hitched,' Vera Farmiga shoots for a Western (Excess Hollywood)

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  • Josh Schwartz has swapped out Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk for Sara Fletcher for the lead of his comedy pilot Hitched. The half-hour comedy format apparently wasn’t a good fit for Kreuk, but I choose to think Fletcher just took advantage of her huge stash of Kryptonite. (And, yes, I realize that doesn’t make any sense, Superman fans. Just roll with me here.) [Deadline]
  • Vera Farmiga has nabbed a starring role in A Thousand Guns. The film is an indie Western, and not a movie about a Jersey Shore-area gym. [Variety]
  • Bill Haber and Tina Brown have optioned Laura Lippman’s In a Strange City for a TV series. The book, the sixth in the author’s Tess Monaghan series, follows a journalist who becomes a private eye. If Lippman thinks Baltimore is strange, I bet she’s never been to Mitchell, S.D. [Variety]
  • AMC has added Michelle Forbes (True Blood), Brent Sexton (In the Valley of Elah), Eric Ladin (Generation Kill), and Jamie Anne Allman (The Notebook) to its drama pilot The Killing, which follows police as they investigate a girl’s murder. Yes, but how stylish will they look drinking scotch? [THR]
  • Vh1 has ordered eight episodes of reality series Football Wives less than a week after premiering Basketball Wives. Next up: Bocce Wives. [Variety]
  • French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey has been cast as a mermaid in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Does this mean Gérard Depardieu will play a reggae-loving crab? [THR]

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