To 'Die' for: Fisher, Sergei at USA


Frances Fisher and Ivan Sergei have joined the cast of USA Network's tentatively titled pilot "To Love and Die in L.A."

The project centers on a fun-loving thirtysomething (Shiri Appleby) with abandonment issues who becomes convinced that her dating problems would be resolved if only she could track down the father (Tim Matheson) she never knew. When she finds him, she discovers that he's an assassin and that she may have found her calling.

Fisher will portray Janet, the mother of Appleby's character, and Sergei will star as Blue, a potential love interest for Appleby's character who also works for her father.

Jackie de Crinis, senior vp original scripted series programming at USA, praised the two newest cast members.

"Frances was just so mind-blowingly funny and beautiful and hit every layer of this character with wit, elegance and self-confidence -- she knocked it out of the box," de Crinis said. "Ivan is such a great get -- he's handsome, sexy and cool and just felt like a great Blue. We're so happy to have such an incredible ensemble."

Principal photography on the pilot is set to begin Nov. 6 in Vancouver.

The project is from Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video Television in association with NBC Universal Television Studio. Sara Goodman serves as creator and co-executive producer, with JoAnn Alfano and David Kanter executive producing. Andrew Singer is producing, while Mark Piznarski is directing.

Fisher was nominated for a SAG Award in 1998 as part of the cast of the feature film "Titanic." Her recent credits include the films "Laws of Attraction" and "House of Sand and Fog" as well as appearances on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and NBC's "ER." Fisher is repped by Tammy Rosen at Melanie Greene Management.

Sergei's credits include roles on NBC's "Crossing Jordan" and WB Network's "Charmed" and "Jack & Jill." On the film side, he recently appeared in "The Break-Up." Sergei is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Joannie Burstein.