In The Army Now

The House of Mouse is in da house. Touchstone Television, a division of the Walt Disney Company, is currently shooting Army Wives, a pilot episode for a proposed television series, in Charleston. We’re also under consideration as the permanent location for the series if the show’s picked up by the Lifetime Network. The potential series stars 37-year-old hotness Catherine Bell (Bruce Almightly, an episode of Friends, and, not insignificantly, the uncredited body double for Isabella Rossellini during a nude scene in 1992’s Death Becomes Her). Army Wives revolves around (need we describe it?) “a sassy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who marries a soldier and moves her kids onto a U.S. Army base, where she befriends a diverse group of Army wives.” It’s the first project Touchstone has shot in South Carolina.

Later this fall, indie production company Ascendant Pictures (Lord of War, Lucky Number Slevin), will be filming a new picture titled Who’s Your Caddy? on location in Aiken and Horry counties, in which, apparently, Myrtle Beach and the midlands will be subbing for, um, The Hamptons. (As if.) The pitch? “When a rap mogul tries to join a white-bread country club in The Hamptons he runs into fierce opposition from the board President – but it’s nothing that he and his entourage can’t handle.” Awwww yeeaaah. –Patrick Sharbaugh

The Great Pumpkin

Local independent director Brad Jayne is gearing up for production of Song of Pumpkin Brown, a film for which he was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the S.C. Arts Commission in a program that encourages filmmakers to work with S.C. film schools. But before he can start filming, he has to cast it. Song of Pumpkin Brown tells the story of a fictional 10-year old who is sent to the (very real) historic Charleston Jenkins Orphanage after the death of his father. There, the shy, sensitive boy discovers the jazz trumpet through the orphanage’s vaunted jazz program. The film also portrays how Pumpkin’s experience at Jenkins was the beginning of an influential jazz career. The cast will be largely African-American, and Jayne’s hoping to complete filming over five days in December. Interested, non-SAG actors can call (843) 412-6923 or e-mail bradjayne@knology.netPS