Ain't It Cool News (

ROME’s Titus Pullo Lands
Lead In CBS’ Living Dead Pilot!!

I am – Hercules!!
The Hollywood Reporter is chock full of casting news Tuesday morning. A lot of it involves HBO stars migrating to network pilots. * Ray Stevenson, who portrays the brutal yet good-natured Titus Pullo on “Rome,” will play a small-town detective in CBS’ zombie dramedy pilot “Babylon Fields.” It was announced late last week that Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”) had been cast in the same pilot. * Lauren Ambrose, kid-sister Claire Fisher on “Six Feet Under,” has been cast opposite Parker Posey in “The Return of Jezebel James,” the new sitcom from “Gilmore Girls” mastermind Amy Sherman-Palladino. I’m guessing Ambrose plays the estranged but fertile younger sister of the successful but infertile Posey character. * Molly Parker, who played Alma Garret on “Deadwood” (and is not to be confused with Polly Walker, who plays Antony’s girlfriend Atia on “Rome”), has been cast in CBS’ “Swingtown,” about the wife-swapping ‘70s. Find all of the Reporter’s latest pilot-casting news here.

50% Off Loads of Box Sets!! $19.97 Fistful of Dollars (3 movies) $19.97 RoboCop (3 movies) $19.97 World Destruction (4 movies) $25.47 Planet of the Apes (5 movies) $25.97 The Omen (5 movies) $34.97 Charlie Chan (6 movies) $34.97 The Pink Panther (5 movies)

Furiously Winging Toward You!! The Batman 3.x * Batman Beyond 3.x * Bosom Buddies 1.x * The 4400 3.x * Jason of Star Command: The Complete Series * Justice League Unlimited 2.x * Kidnapped: The Complete Series * Kyle XY 1.x * The Larry Sanders Show: Not Just the Best Of * The Lost Room: The Complete Miniseries * Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Vol. 1 * McLeod's Daughters 2.x * Michael Palin: Around The World In 80 Days * Mission: Impossible 2.x * Moral Orel: Vol. 1 * MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge 2.x * NewsRadio 5.x * The OC 4.x * The Odd Couple 1.x * One Day At A Time 1.x * The Rockford Files 4.x * Roots: 30th Anniversary Edition * Scrubs 5.x * Shadow Warriors 1.x * The Shield 5.x * The Streets of San Francisco 1.x Vol. 1 * Teen Titans 3.x * Twin Peaks 2.x * The Untouchables 1.x Vol. 1 * The Venture Bros. 2.x * Voltron Vol. 3 * Welcome Back Kotter 1.x * The Wild Wild West 2.x * WKRP in Cincinnati 1.x
Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • March 6, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    could i be the numero..

    by nolan bautista


  • March 6, 2007, 2 a.m. CST

    a close second?

    by datachasm

    its the most important thing i could think of to say!

  • March 6, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    whats this zombie thing on CBS? Where can i know more about it?

  • March 6, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST


    by RedJester

    Well I guess this is as close as this site will come to having a ROME talkback. I guess It'll haveta do...

  • March 6, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by RedJester

    So Ray Stevenson is going to be in a show about zombies? If I understood that correctly I'm effin psyched!!! Although if anyone should do a zombie show it should be HBO. Speaking of, aren't they creating a vampire show as we speak!?

  • March 6, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST

    rome 207 talkback starts here!

    by datachasm

    really, whats that slave girl up to? she is trying to bang everyone... im beginning to wonder wtf her character is. Pullo's slave rape scene... i could live without it! i didnt even get to see any tit meat, and you know im dying to see them!

  • March 6, 2007, 2:14 a.m. CST

    The slave chick is just a

    by RedJester

    The slave chick is just a power monger, hence trying to sleep with men of power. Anyways she'll be killed off next epidode, mark my words. She'll feed Pullos wife that poison powder stuff and Pullo will kiill her.

  • March 6, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    What would be better

    by conniebrean1

    Is if Polly Walker was in the wipe swapping show. She's real pretty. Not that the other woman is unattractive. What I'm trying to say is that I would derive sexual gratification from her body. Just so we're clear.

  • March 6, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by RedJester

    I just read a few descriptions on what the show will be about, sounds like it's gonna blow. Now a straight up Zombie drama starring Pullo on HBO would rock! This, not so much...

  • March 6, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST


    by Evil Hobbit

    at least we got to see a full screen shot of someone washing here titty. The slave girl wants to be Pullo's wife to get more power and status. Brilliant episode I think. The stuff with Atia was pretty damn good and on top of that we get a twisted wedding. God I feel for Octavia. Octavian turned into a real nasty peace of political cock.

  • March 6, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    A zombie "dramedy"? Oh boy...

  • March 6, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    damn it Abin Sur!

    by Teamwak

    Thats what I was going to say. Boo! <p> Did you see yesterdays? "Now thats what I call an exit". What a fucking line. Classic show. <p> Ray znd zombies. Yay!!!

  • March 6, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Teamwak, that's just the channel that CBS is on...

    by Abin Sur

    And I'm liking this season maybe more that last...probably because it's the last season and they're squeezing in all the historical events they can.

  • March 6, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Lets not forget Jim Beaver

    by beefywhore

    who played Ellsworth on Deadwood now has a recurring roll on Supernatural.

  • March 6, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    "zombie dramedy pilot"....dreams DO come true!

    by Lance Rock

    let's hope it's great.

  • March 6, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Rome 2x07

    by Strabo

    I was kind of underwhelmed by this latest episode of Rome. There was barely any plot development on the part of the major historical characters (lots of groundwork for the following episodes though).<BR><BR>If anything, this felt more like filler given that most of the running time was spent on the second-tier ahistorical characters. This is why I disagree with the people complaining about the series ending after the second season. Sure, Pullo and Vorenus are great, but the rest of the second-tier ahistorical characters aren't. They'd need a lot more characters like Pullo and Vorenus to carry the show beyond Octavian's victory over Marc Antony.<BR><BR>Having said that, yeah, Gaia is hawt. She's going to feed the abortifacient she picked up at the apothecary's shop to Eirene and cause her to have a miscarriage. Pullo or Vorenus will find what's left of the drugs, and realize that the miscarriage was no accident. This will prompt Pullo to ream Gaia a new one (so to speak). With a gladius (*giggle*).<BR><BR>Oh yeah, once again, Simon Woods has failed to play Octavian as well as Max Pirkis would have, had they kept him in the role. *sigh* Woods' Octavian is not even close to being one tenth as calculating and brilliant as Pirkis' was. Biggest mistake of the show.

  • March 6, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson beating the crap out of zombies?

    by SpyGuy

    Sounds great to me. I'm in!

  • March 6, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Zombie Dramedy?

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Why not just call it Shaun of the Dead, the tv series? Sounds like that's what they're trying to do. But I do love Pullo. But I'd rather see him in Series 3 of Rome. I can't believe that's not gonna happen. It's SUCH a great show.

  • March 6, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Amber Tamblyn AND Lauren Ambrose are back?!?!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    AND theres a zombie show on the way?!? Aaah...Life is good.

  • March 6, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    AND Anna Paquin is in Alan Balls new Vampire show?!?

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Am I dreaming!?!? Where is futureguy when I need him! ;^)

  • March 6, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Carmilla, don't get too excited...

    by FilmCritic3000

    The novels Alan Ball is basing the series on are total shit. I love vampire stories, not lame Anne Rice rip-offs with werejaguars and weredogs. I'll watch for Anna but the source material is strictly 7th grade creative writing class.

  • March 6, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    That other Zombie show

    by Jor-El23

    I do remember hearing about a Zombie show, i think it was on Fox. wasn't it Kevin Williamson or am i thinking of something else. i remember hearing that it was great. I like the guy who plays Pullo so it'll be good to see him in another show, especially one about zombies. it's still hard for me to watch CBS though.

  • March 6, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    "Now that, is an exit

    by RedJester


  • March 6, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    "Now that, is an exit"

    by RedJester

    Fucking best line of the season! And I disagree on the new Octavian/ Augustus/ whatever... I think he's doing a remarkable job. He has the intellect of the kid but is a little quieter, solemn, and evil do to all the war and backstabbing he's experienced firsthand. Also, what the fuck is up with people repeating exactly what I've just said on these forums without giving any recognition of agreeance? Do I come off as that much of an asshole or do you simply not understand what the fuck I've just said? I'm serious, I feel like the invisible man here, fuck!

  • March 6, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    And Strabo,

    by RedJester

    Do you think Pullos going to kill the slave or fuck her!? I guess he could fuck her to death tho, I mean it is HBO...

  • March 6, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Actually a live action "Xombie" starring Pullo...

    by Onomaki Forp Dirge would be great...he would barely need any makeup. Imagine him swinging a shovel to the tune of Mozart's Dies Irae. But who to play Zoe? The ubiquitous Dakota Fanning? Our 21st Century Jodie Foster is a little bundle of talent, but this really calls for a 21st Century Cristina Ricci.

  • March 6, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    And people say they don't get a Rome talkback!

    by chrth


  • March 6, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    i loved ambrose on six feet under

    by Charlie Murphy

    so i might check out whatever this new show is she'll be on.

  • March 6, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I don't think that anyone has mentioned that

    by johnnyangelheart

    "Now that, is an exit." Fucking best line of the season!

  • March 6, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by RedJester

    I love that line... By itself it might not be much, but in it's context it's fucking perfect!!

  • March 6, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Am I trhe only one who thinks that the new guy playing

    by Jimmy Jazz

    Octavian is very reminiscent of the young Malcom MCdowell? He's got that cold snakeeyes thing going that's pretty cool.

  • March 6, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Its 13th .....

    by dirkadirkadirka

    not 13. Thats been buging the shit out of me.

  • March 6, 2007, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Thx for the heads up Filmcritic....

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    The 1st book is on my queue at the library; haven't read any of them yet. BUT, Anna Paquin will certainly make it worth at least the first few eps...on that we BOTH agree! :^)

  • March 6, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST

    This wins...

    by AngelCordy

    Anything with Ray Stevenson will get me to tune in. Same goes for Kevin McKidd.

  • March 7, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST


    by Maniaq

    Thank you Dirka! It's been bugging the shit outta me too!<br> You know I was just thinking the other day I haven't seen Ray Stevenson in much else and what a shame that was...<br> That said, it's reeeeeeeeeeally stretching my imagination trying to picture zombies that are so clever it takes a detective to find them?

  • March 7, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    Happy, dammit? ;)

  • March 7, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    ok geeks.....

    by brassai2003

    Didn't anyone see that bit about a wifswapping '70 show!!!!!! Time to go rent Beyond the Green Door first.

  • March 7, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Jazz

    by Strabo

    I think you're mistaking McDowell's cold, maleficent intelligence for Woods' bewildered constipation.

  • March 7, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    This Is Madness...!

    by buster00