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Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter Join Cast of Starz New Original Dramedy Series, 'Gravity' Set to Debut in Early Spring 2010, Only on Starz
The series, formerly known as "Failure to Fly," was co-created by Eric Schaeffer and Jill Franklyn.

[via press release from Starz]


Burbank, CA and Denver, CO � October 14, 2009 � Actors Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter have joined the cast of the new Starz original ensemble dramedy "Gravity" (formerly known as "Failure to Fly"), set to debut exclusively on Starz in spring of 2010.

"Gravity," follows the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic exploits of a group from an eccentric out-patient program of suicide survivors. Ritter ("Breaking Bad," Confessions of a Shopaholic), stars as Lily Champagne, a twenty-something clinically depressed outcast looking for the love that her father never gave her. She stars with Sergei ("Charmed," The Break-Up), who plays Robert Collingsworth, an ophthalmologist who is despondent following the cancer death of his wife, and who becomes an internet celebrity when his suicide attempt goes comically awry. He stars with Eric Schaeffer, the series' co-creator and one of its executive producers, plays Miller, an NYPD cop who seems to be everywhere Lily is.

Also in the cast are Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Day of the Dead) as Dogg McFee, the group's leader and a former Major League Baseball player, now confined to a wheelchair; and supermodel Rachel Hunter as Shawna Rollins, a former spokesmodel and current life coach with a penchant for much younger guys. Robyn Cohen (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, "Starved"), James Martinez (Brother to Brother) and Seth Numrich (How to Kill a Mockingbird) round out the main cast.

Schaeffer, an actor/director/writer/producer, is behind such features as If Lucy Fell, as well as the TV series "Starved" and "I Can't Believe I'm Still Single." He is partnered with Jill Franklyn, who was nominated for an Emmy� Award for co-writing the "Yada, Yada" episode of "Seinfeld," and has written on numerous series. Amongst her features is the screenplay for My First Mister. Dan Pasternack ("Starved," "Beggars and Choosers") will be executive producer along with Schaeffer and Franklyn. Daniel Hank ("Starved") is producer on the series.

The 10 episodes of "Gravity" begin production later this month in New York City, where Schaeffer is based. Starz' production and distribution sibling Starz Media is producing "Gravity" and will handle worldwide distribution on the half-hour series.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz� and Encore� brands with approximately 17.5 million and 31.5 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming � including theatrical films � and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

  [october 2009]  


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