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Bergen moves to Wisteria Lane

Emmy winner Polly Bergen is joining ABC dramedy "Desperate Housewives" as a recurring next season. She will play Lynette's (Felicity Huffman) mom. Bergen's first episode on the ABC TV Studio-produced series will be the show's Season 3 finale May 20. Bergen had a role on another ABC/ABC TV Studio one-hour series, last season's drama "Commander in Chief." She is repped by Joel Dean of TalentWorks and manager Jan McCormack.

Rumors swirling about Baldwin, '30 Rock'

The Internet was buzzing Wednesday about a taping of an interview with departing "The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell in which Baldwin reportedly said he wanted to leave NBC comedy "30 Rock." Baldwin has a starring role on the show, recently picked up for a second season. The news comes days after the release of his profanity-laced message to his 11-year-old daughter and the announcement of his departure from CAA. Baldwin is under a multiyear contract at "30 Rock" and NBC expects him to stay on it. "Alec Baldwin remains an important part of '30 Rock,' " a network spokeswoman said.

Green takes exec producer post at ABC

NEW YORK — ABC News has named John Green executive producer of special programming and development. Green, executive producer of "Good Morning America Weekend," will still oversee the morning show, though the network will hire a new executive producer. Green will report to senior vp Phyllis McGrady. Green joined ABC News in 1994, working as a segment producer at "GMA." He has worked on several high-profile stories while at ABC, including the O.J. Simpson trial, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and the Sept. 11 attacks.

eDIT fest sets speakers; will look at VFX

Editors Tom Rolf and Craig McKay, VFX supervisor Craig Barron and animator Bill Plympton are among the first confirmed speakers for eDIT: The Filmmakers Festival in Frankfurt. In its 10th year, the event is produced with primary sponsorship from the State of Hessen. It is staged in cooperation with the Visual Effects Society, and will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 2. VFX sessions will include the making of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Transformers," presented by Industrial Light + Magic; "Spider-Man 3," led by animation supervisor Spencer Cook of Sony Pictures Imageworks; and "Sunshine" from Moving Picture Co. MPC also will team with Double Negative to offer a look at "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

'Drive' hits finish line after two weeks

It has been a short "Drive" for Fox's midseason drama, which has been pulled off the schedule after two weeks on the air. For the time being, "Drive" will be replaced by "House" repeats in the Monday 8 p.m. slot. "Drive," from 20th Century Fox TV, is a serialized drama chronicling an underground cross-country race. It is not clear when and on what platform the remaining nine episodes of "Drive" will air. Streaming the episodes on or offering them as downloads through iTunes are among the possibilities under consideration.

'Rebellion' at South East European fest

The South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, will kick off May 3 with Kiran Kolarov's Bulgarian feature "L's Rebellion," which will screen at the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles. The fest, running through May 7, will showcase of the work of filmmakers from Southern and Eastern Europe, concluding with Miroslav Momcilovic's Serbian comedy "71/2," which will play the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.