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Dylan McDermott will star in Fox’s comedy pilot “LA>Vegas,” Variety has learned.

“LA>Vegas” is an ensemble workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday, who all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life.

McDermott will play Captain Dave, the pilot on Flight 1710, who’s described as all-American, cocky, but also a baby. He’s a likable narcissist who feels connecting with his passengers is just as important as flying the plane.

The 30-minute, single-cam comedy was created by Lon Zimmet who penned the pilot and will serve as executive producer with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan, who will direct the pilot.


Dylan McDermott is watching every breath you take.

The American Horror Story and Hostages actor is set to star in Kevin Williamson’s new pilot for CBS, E! News has confirmed. The Vampire Diaries and The Following boss’ untitled project is a psychological thriller that focuses on a pair of detectives who handle staking cases for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD.

McDermott, who also starred on The Practice, will take on the role of Detective Jack Larsen, a recent transfer to the Threat Assessment Unit from New York. Jack’s healthy confidence and quick thinking has gotten him into trouble in the past, one he hopes to leave behind.

So what does this mean for McDermott’s other CBS drama, Hostages?

While it has yet to be officially canceled, McDermott’s casting all but confirms that Hostages will not be renewed for a second season.

The drama, which also starred Toni Collette, debuted to 7.5 million viewers back in September, but its finale, which aired in January, only attracted 4.8 million viewers, as well as a low 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.


It’s a bold assertion, but one that we feel it’s justified to ask. The 15-part thriller, debuting on Channel 4 in January, follows a family caught in the middle of “a grand political conspiracy” – one that sees the president’s surgeon Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) taken hostage in her own home just hours before she is due to perform a life-altering operation.

It’s a tense thriller that blurs the lines of morality, with FBI man and chief hostage taker Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) doing anything he can to fight for his cause – whatever the costs.

Here Hostages stars Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott discuss the show, and why it’s tackling subjects that are on everyone’s lips.

What attracted you to this particular role?
Dylan McDermott: I always respond to material. Whether it was “The Practice” or “American Horror Story” and certainly “Hostages,” the scripts were all spectacular. And I really responded to Jeffrey’s writing. I thought that he did an incredible job writing it. This character is very special. He walks the line between good and bad, somewhere in the grey area. I was instantly intrigued. You also don’t know where it’s all going – you think you know, but all of a sudden your mind is blown.

Toni Collette: When I first read the script, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a real page-turner that’s subtle and smart. The character of Ellen I found interesting in that through her experience of this hostage situation, she actually grows and finds her strength. I found that really exciting. One of the things that drew me to the script is that all of the characters are so complex and three dimensional and relatable and real. Nothing is just black and white and as an actor that’s what you want. It’s really interesting dealing with characters that seem real.

Dylan’s character has a reason for doing what he is doing, and a good reason at that, but is there the potential of the character becoming too sympathetic?
Dylan McDermott: I think that I’m doing bad things for a good reason. Anytime you say that, you know that you are getting a mixed bag with a person. I think that there’s a lot of duality in this man…

Did you have to do a lot of special training?
Dylan McDermott: I met with the FBI in LA and we talked at length about everything, from dress code to terrorism. The FBI is really changing and I was really educated about it. I met with some really cool people that were really helpful.

The character of Ellen is a different person depending on whether she’s dealing with her family, the kidnappers, the President or the people at the hospital. How much was that a factor in your decision to take the role?
Toni Collette: I’m always drawn to characters that seem real, and by that, I mean complex. Here’s a woman who is wearing several different hats. She has a very high pressured job that she’s incredibly successful at. She’s a mum. She’s a wife. She’s somewhat compromised at home even though she’s successful at work. And the thing that I really love about her the most is quite simple: I think here’s a woman who, in a way, has been toeing the line her whole life and she’s put in a situation which makes her walk straight across that line and figure out who she really is and discover her true self and I love that. I think it’s about finding one’s strength and living authentically.

There’s a kind of understanding between Duncan and Ellen isn’t there?
Toni Collette: Yes. I loved the dynamic between Duncan and Ellen. It’s not overt; it’s a very subtle and strange understanding that grows unto something much stronger and more confusing. In a way, despite what he’s doing to her family, Duncan enables Ellen to grow and frees something up in her.

How will international audiences react to the show?
Dylan McDermott: One of the themes of the show is terrorism, and terrorism is on everyone’s mind. It taps into a global concern. There’s an emotional thread to the show that many people also have to deal with.

TV is doing really well in comparison with movies right now, would you agree?
Toni Collette: Yeah, there’s such great writing in TV at the moment, especially for women


Dylan Mcdermott turned down a lead role in racy drama Showgirls after director Paul Verhoeven insisted on electronically enhancing his penis for the big screen.

MCDermott reveals he came close to being part of the critically-panned 1995 movie, but an interesting creative decision put him off.

He tells U.S. Tv show Watch What Happens Live, “I was offered Showgirls. I talked to the director and they wanted to electronically enhance my penis. I don’t know why, (but) that’s why I turned it down. They hadn’t seen it (penis) before they made that decision.”

After MCDermott declined the offer, the role of casino entertainment director Zack Carey ultimately went to Twin Peaks star Kyle MACLachlan.


Dylan McDermott says he may yet appear in the New Orleans-set third season of “American Horror Story.”
McDermott was a cast member of the first two seasons of the anthology series, but hasn’t taped any scenes for the third outing yet because he has been focusing on his new series “Hostages,” Zap2it.com said.

The actor was asked on Wednesday’s edition of “Watch What Happens Live” about his participation in the current incarnation of “Horror Story.”

“I saw the first episode, I thought it was really cool. … I thought it was great,” McDermott said. “We’re still talking about [me returning,] depends on my schedule with ‘Hostages,’ but ‘American Horror’ is my home and I hope to go back to it.”


Dylan McDermott has undergone something of a rebranding in recent years, smoothly transitioning from the good guys of Steel Magnolias and Miracle on 34th Street to the darker, potentially psychotic characters he’s specialized in on American Horror Story and CBS’s Hostages. He’s a little bit like Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), reliably playing those characters you can’t help but distrust–except, you know, hunky. The actor recently shed light on his unusual career arc, discussing the challenges he’s faced in playing Hostages’ Agent Carlisle and the significant stress-load involved in portraying evil.

You’d be forgiven for still thinking of him as that nice lawyer from The Practice. “The good news is that early in my career, I played a lot of good guys,” McDermott told U.S. News. “I was saving Santa Claus and being a lawyer, and I had a lot of good behind me. I don’t think I would enjoy just playing bad if I hadn’t been good for so many years.”

And McDermott got bad–really bad–on the last season of American Horror Story, where he played a serial killer known by the moniker “Bloody Face.” With its ghosts, dismemberments, and generally poor behavior, the show was a marked change from the McDermott projects of old, and paved the way for roles like Dave Forbes, the villain he played earlier this year in the “save the White House” actioner Olympus Has Fallen.

But it’s his current role as Duncan Carlisle, the morally compromised FBI agent at the center of Hostages, that has allowed him to narrow the gap between Good and Bad McDermott. “There’s a lot going on with this guy that’s really intriguing to me,” he told Rolling Stone. “And difficult to play, by the way, because at least for me, I have to enter a place that is sort of sinister in tone, and I end up being this guy more than I am Dylan throughout the day. That’s not easy to play.”

Still, the one role that’s always stuck with him is his first, the hero of a play written by his mother, Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler. He told Starpulse, “In this play Styrofoam vaginas would drop from the sky. That was fine, I was cool with that. But when they came down and dropped to the floor, I would have to put it on as a hat. So I’ve been dealing with this for a long time.”


Thanks to his mother, popular feminist Eve Ensler, Dylan McDermott has been ballyhooed as a “vagina warrior.”

As a teenager, The Campaign actor was adopted by The Vagina Monologues playwright, just before his father married Ensler. The two grew close and, as a result, he became more comfortable than most men about discussing women and their sexuality.

In an illuminating interview with Queen Latifah on her new talk show, the American Horror Story star revealed that Ensler’s passion for women’s rights was definitely passed on to him.

The 51 year-old admits, “I’m very comfortable with the word vagina. I was trained to be, in what we call in my family, a ‘vagina warrior’.”

Nonetheless, though he’s a big advocate for women’s rights, the actor admits he hasn’t figured women out: “She’s (Ensler) been trying to train me for years on this very topic and I keep failing miserably, but I’m getting better.”

In fact, Ensler even decided to use her son’s talents to the fullest, when she wrote a play called Scooncat, specifically for McDermott, long before the Vagina Monologues was released in 1996.

He explains, “In this play Styrofoam vaginas would drop from the sky. That was fine I was cool with that, but when they came down and dropped to the floor, I would have to put it on as a hat. So I’ve been dealing with this for a long time.”


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