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Todd Holland joins Oliver Stone and Larry Charles in developing series at Epix

May 4, 2010 |  8:30 pm

StoneEmmy winners Todd Holland and Lawrence O'Donnell and three-time Oscar nominated filmmaker Todd Field have joined the list of names -- including Oliver Stone and Larry Charles --  working on projects for an ambitious upstart network that most people probably haven't even heard of yet.

Premium channel Epix has gone on a development deal tear and put together its first slate of original programming in its attempt to compete with big boys like HBO and Showtime.

Epix launched last fall and has also been busy signing distribution deals, the latest with Dish Network, which will put the channel in front of 14 million potential viewers. Like competitors HBO, Showtime and Starz, the commercial-free channel wants to try to make a mark with original series and specials.

Among the planned series are a handful of dramas -- a few also double as comedies -- and two half-hour comedies that range in topic from working for Penthouse magazine to being a Supreme Court clerk to hitting the presidential campaign trail. There are two assassin-themed shows -- one a buddy comedy called "Pulp Bromance" and the other about the lives and loves of two female hit men (hit women?) called "Random Acts." The latter is from Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle," "The Larry Sanders Show").

And then there is the project from Stone and screenwriter/novelist Bruce Wagner that the network describes as "the colliding worlds of three disparate people in Los Angeles and the violent consequences of love and betrayal, of holding on and letting go." The two are reuniting after working together on the 1993 miniseries, "Wild Palms."

And Emmy-winner Charles is developing a Silicon Valley-themed comedy with Dan Lyons, creator of the hit blog, Fake Steve Jobs. The show, iCON, is Charles' attempt "to do nothing less than a modern 'Citizen Kane,' " he said when the series was announced this spring.

-- T.L. Stanley

Photo: Oliver Stone. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times