Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini in HBO's 'Verite'; Diane Sawyer closes network news gap

tim-robbins-james-gandolfin.jpgJames Gandolfini, who's developing a series project at HBO, is also starring in a movie for the cable channel.

The "Sopranos" star and Oscar winner Tim Robbins have joined Diane Lane in the cast of "Cinema Verite," and HBO Films production about the making of the PBS series "An American Family" in 1973.

Gandolfini will play Craig Gilbert, "An American Family's" producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lane and Robbins are set to play Pat and Bill Loud, the parents of the family who were the subjects of the landmark series, which set the template for much of the current era's reality TV.

Gandolfini is also executive producing an adaptation of the French-Canadian series "Taxi-022" for HBO and considering starring in it.

- NBC is still the leader in network evening news, but ABC and Diane Sawyer made it a pretty close race last week.

ABC's "World News" averaged 7 million viewers per night last week, finishing closer to "NBC Nightly News" (7.43 million) than at any time since Sawyer took over as anchor last December. By comparison, NBC's lead was about 600,000 viewers the previous week and is more than a million viewers (9.15 million to 8 million for ABC) for the season.

"World News" also beat "Nightly News" in total viewers on Wednesday, May 5, and in the key news demographic of adults 25-54 on Tuesday, May 4. Both were firsts in Sawyer's tenure.

CBS, meanwhile, averaged just under 5 million viewers for its "Evening News" last week.

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