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TV Notes: 01/03/04

Friday, January 03, 2003

Seeing double

ABC is looking for identical twin sisters to star in the pilot for the potential new incarnation of the classic "Parent Trap" franchise. Coors Light twins Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski probably need not apply.

While trick photography, process shots and body doubles were used to make audiences see a double dip of Hayley Mills in Disney's 1961 film and Lindsay Lohan in the studio's 1998 remake, producers are looking for real-life twins for the television pilot. Touchstone TV and Tollin/Robbins Prods. are launching a six-week-long five-city search for their new stars.

Producers seek twin sisters between the ages of 11 and 15 to star. An open casting call will be held next Saturday at Ripley Greer Studios in New York City. Other auditions will be held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver and Toronto.

"As multiple generations of moviegoers know, the role of the twins is pivotal," says Brian Robbins. "We are looking for identical 'teen' twin girls who interact well together but also have charisma and strong personalities of their own."

In the pilot script, by Don Beck ("8 Simple Rules"), Hallie and Annie are identical twins who meet for the first time since infancy on the verge of turning 13. While Hallie is tough, cynical and resourceful, having been raised by her father in New York, Annie, brought up around Europe by her mother, is high-strung, polite and emotional. Beck will executive produce with Robbins, Mike Tollin and Joe Davola, should the project go forward.

Further information about casting on the "Parent Trap" project can be obtained on the ABC Web site (under, fittingly "Casting") or by e-mailing


ISO athletic guys

Meredith Phillips must have mentioned to producers of "The Bachelorette" that she likes athletic guys. Either that, or someone in the casting department does.

Three guys who get paid to play sports, plus a personal trainer and a sports facility manager -- suggesting a high beefcake ratio for the show -- are among the 25 men who will try to win over Phillips on "The Bachelorette." The second edition of ABC's dating series debuts Jan. 14.

The group is also heavy on Californians -- 10 of the 25 guys live there, as does Phillips, an L.A. resident -- and pharmaceutical sales reps. Four of the men list that as their occupation.

Phillips, 30, comes to "The Bachelorette" after being one of the final four women on the most recent edition of "The Bachelor." The other women on the show judged her most compatible with bachelor Bob Guiney early on, but he later decided they weren't.

"Fans were shocked when Meredith didn't receive a rose from Bob," "Bachelorette" mastermind Mike Fleiss says. "They couldn't get enough of her, so we decided to make her the next 'Bachelorette.' "


WORD countdown

WORD-FM (101.5) will air a countdown of the top 50 Christian songs of the year. It's hosted by WORD program director/ weekend music host Kenny Woods and airs from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Also, former WORD talk host Don Matzat is returning to the station. Starting tomorrow, he'll host "Let's Talk About Jesus," airing from 9 to 11 p.m. Sundays. Matzat is pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Bridgeville.

(Adrian McCoy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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