Arnold & Maria: The Fallout

9:11 AM PST 05/19/2011 by Tim Appelo
Phil McCarten/Reuters

Ex-governor's admission could impact careers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's May 17 admission that he fathered a secret child while married to Maria Shriver is prompting chatter in Hollywood about how the scandal will impact the careers of the movie star and the newswoman. Since finishing his term as governor of California in January, Schwarzenegger and his CAA agents have been busily lining up acting gigs. He's signed to play a horse trainer in the drama Cry Macho and has voiced the lead in the animated series The Governator, which is seeking a U.S. network. He also is attached to a reboot of the Terminator franchise, being developed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Will audiences think twice about supporting his work? "It doesn't affect this movie," says Cry Macho producer Albert Ruddy. "It's going to be interesting if we get even a bump on the foreign side." Governator, featuring Schwarzenegger as a politician with a secret superhero life that is unknown to wife Maria, has sold in several foreign territories. Andy Heyward, CEO of Governator producer A2 Entertainment, tells THR that no tweaks are planned to the show. "The series stands on its own and is going forward as such," he says. As for Shriver, reports have circulated that the former NBC News journalist, who is close with top Hollywood execs, is being courted by her former employer and Oprah Winfrey's OWN for a talk show. But sources  say there have been no discussions. "I don't think that's what she's concerned about right now," the insider says. Still, TV biz veterans believe Shriver would be a great fit for a syndicated show -- especially now.              

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