Dylan McDermott is heading back to the small screen in his most promising series since David E. Kelly’s Emmy-winning legal drama “The Practice.” The 49-year-old actor has been cast as therapist Ben Harmon in angry homosexual and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s new FX pilot “An American Horror Story.”
The pilot episode, written by Murphy, follows Ben and his wife Vivien (Connie Britton) as they arrive in San Francisco and try to make nice with nosy neighbor Constance (Jessica Lange), her creepy Down Syndrome daughter, and burn victim Larry the Burn Guy (Denis O’Hare).
McDermott’s genre creds include the Pang Brothers’ supernatural frightener The Messengers, Richard Stanley’s cyborg thriller Hardware, and 1992’s truly horrific outing Jersey Girl.
Spanish actress Alexandra Jimenez is reuniting with her Spanish Movie director Javier Ruiz Caldera to shoot a supernatural comedy entitled Ghost Graduation. The film is Caldera’s sophomore effort and is produced by the folks behind Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful.
Ghost Graduation follows crappy high school teacher Modesto as he attempts to help five troubled spirits earn their diplomas so they can move on to the next life. Costars so far include Raul Arevalo, who starred in the Antonio Banderas directed drama Summer Rain, and TV star Ana Fernandez.
Jimenez is best known internationally for her role of Africa Sanz in the Spanish sitcom “Los Serranos.” The 31-year-old looker also starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in Caldera’s hit 2009 horror spoof Spanish Movie.
Ghost Graduation goes into production in June.