It looks like a fourth Transformers movie is in the works, there’s been a new House of Payne agreement, an upcoming Absolutely Fabulous special, John Astin from The Addams Family is honored, Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island remains busy, a casting pro has died, and dates in TV history.
A veteran casting director, who helped define the contemporary role of her profession, has died at the age of 88. Marion Dougherty passed away on December 4th in Manhattan of natural causes and had been ailing from heart disease. In her long career, she was the head of casting at Paramount for three years and then at Warner Bros. for nearly 30 years. Dougherty provided the first breaks to numerous actors — including Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Anne Bancroft, Glenn Close, Danny Glover, Debra Winger, Matthew McConaughey, and Christopher Walken. She got her start in television and cast Kraft Television Theater for eight years. Among the actors she hired was James Dean.