Robert De Niro and Spike Lee are collaborating on a Showtime project about a time when it was still a dicey proposition to live in lower Manhattan.
The two New Yorkers are executive producing “Alphaville,” a drama about Manhattan’s Alphabet City neighborhood in the 1980s, before gentrification hit the Lower East Side. The neighborhood at the time featured a mix of African-American and Latino families and young artists, as well as a thriving drug trade.
John Ridley (“Three Kings,” Showtime’s “Barbershop”) is writing the pilot script, and Lee is set to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both men will serve as exec producers with De Niro and his Tribeca Productions partner, Jane Rosenthal.
Elsewhere around the dial:
– NBC has finished recasting its midseason comedy “100 Questions” with the addition of Smith Cho (“Knight Rider”) and Collette Wolfe (“Semi-Pro,” “Observe and Report”) to the cast, the HR says.
They will play two friends of the lead character, Charlotte (Sophie Winkleman), who’s searching for love with the help of a dating service. Cho and Wolfe are taking over from Elizabeth Ho and Joy Suprano. The part of Charlotte’s counselor at the dating service has also been recast, with Michael Benjamin Washington replacing Amir Talai.
– More changes may be afoot at “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” EW.com reports that Julianne Nicholson, who played Detective Megan Wheeler, is leaving the show and that Saffron Burrows (“Boston Legal,” “My Own Worst Enemy”) is in talks to replace her.
Burrows’ character would partner with Jeff Goldblum’s Detective Zach Nichols in half the episodes. Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe are expected back.
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