SHORT CUTS: Tate Turns "Blue" for NBC

Published October 23, 2007

Posted Oct. 23, 2007 -- Actor Larenz Tate has been cast in the upcoming NBC cop drama "Blue Blood," a Brett Ratner/Neil Tolkin production.

"Blue Blood" is based on the bestselling 2004 autobiography by New York cop Ed Conlon, and follows a Harvard graduate who decides to return to the family trade – law enforcement – and becomes a rookie NYPD officer.

Tate, who currently has a recurring role on the FX cable series "Rescue Me," is set to play a character named Andre. Tolkin wrote the pilot script for "Blue" and will executive produce with Ratner, who will direct the project for his Rat TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Shooting is set to begin this fall in New York.

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Beauvais Bears Twins

Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and husband Michael Nilon welcomed twin boys, who were born just a minute apart, according to People. Jax Joseph Nilon was born at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and weighed 4 lbs. 7 oz., and Jaid Thomas Nilon was born at 8:31 p.m. and weighed 4 lbs. 9 oz.

"We're so in love with them," Beauvais-Nilon says. "They boys are just gorgeous."

The twins, born in Los Angeles, join Oliver, the actress's 15-year-old son from a previous marriage. Beauvais-Nilon announced her pregnancy last June to People, saying, "We are over the moon and feel very blessed."

Her husband is an agent for Creative Artists Agency.

"Star Trek" Star Joins "Heroes"

Nichelle Nichols, best known for her 1960s role as Uhuru on the original TV show "Star Trek," has joined the cast of NBC's  "Heroes," the network announced Monday. Nichols will play the grandmother of Monica Dawson, another new "Heroes" character who can copy what she sees, and would give up everything to help the people around her. Dawson is played by Felicia Jones, last seen on ABC's cancelled series "The Nine." 

Written by BET-Staff

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