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CBS developing superhero drama, ‘Ultra,” signs former ‘Threshold’ star

Actor Peter Dinklage’s hard feelings over CBS’ abrupt cancellation of Threshold don’t run very deep. He has signed on to costar in another genre series at the Eye Network.

In he show, called Ultra, Dinklage will play a character known as “The Scientist.” In Threshold, Dinklage played a wise-cracking and hard-partying womanizer who also was a brilliant scientist.

Ultra is based upon the Image Comics title of the same name. The comic parodizes fashion and entertainment magazines in its style and layout as it follows the exploits of a single girl in the city, played by Lena Headey (The Brothers Grimm, The Cave), who must balance the demands of her faltering love life with the demands of being a super hero.

The pilot was written by Joan of Arcadia and Judging Amy creator, Barbara Hall. Both of her previous shows, although popular and critically acclaimed, were cancelled by the network because they attracted an audience too old for CBS’s marketing wishes.

Hall hopes Ultra as a cross between Smallville and Sex and the City will bring in the younger viewers CBS covets. Ultra is vying for a spot on CBS’s 2006-2007 schedule.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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