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Industry Roundup: Spacey, Judy Greer

Dr. Horrible: Kevin Spacey has joined the cast of Horrible Bosses, the star-filled workplace murder comedy from director Seth Gordon about three best friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) who, frustrated at their jobs, decide they’re going to kill one another’s bosses. Spacey will play Bateman’s boss, one of the three titular top dogs (the other two: Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston). Let’s hope Spacey doesn’t send Bateman to pick up any smartphones. [HR]

Mad About You: Confirming rumors of her casting, Judy Greer has signed on to star in the CBS comedy Mad Love and, as a result of her and Sarah Chalke (who replaced Minka Kelly) coming on board, the pilot’s 13-episode midseason order has now been finalized. Greer replaces Party Down’s Lizzy Caplan in the ensemble comedy about four friends in New York looking for love. Finally, the perpetual Leading Lady’s BFF will get to step out on her own. [Deadline]

Hang Clyde: Clyde Phillips, the former executive producer and showrunner on Dexter, has signed a two-year production and development deal with Lionsgate Television. Phillips, who left Dexter at the completion of the show’s fourth season in December, said he is eager to field new projects and is considering comedy and drama options for both broadcast and cable networks. Way to narrow it down, Clyde. [Variety]

Roots Keep Busy: The Roots have announced their next album will be a full-length collaboration with John Legend called Wake Up!, which will consist entirely of covers of “vintage conscious soul songs” like Marvin Gaye’s “Wholly Holy” and Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy.” The record is due September 21. [Pitchfork]

Going Green: Jon Tenney (The Closer) has been cast as Ryan Reynolds’ father in Green Lantern, which is currently shooting and also stars Angela Bassett, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong. And if you’re thinking Tenney seems a bit young to be playing the 33-year-old Reynolds’ dad, you’d be right: he’s only 15 years older than his superhero son. [Variety]

Six Sigmas: Martha and Dino De Laurentiis have acquired the film rights to the thriller series The Sigma Force, written by James Rollins. The six-book series involves a “division of the U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program” housed beneath the Smithsonian in D.C. “Staffed by a collection of ‘killer scientists’ (adventurous scientists paired with military operatives), the Force investigates and secures threatening scientific information through counterterrorism, research and covert ops.” We have absolutely no clue what this means, but we’d still bet money Nicolas Cage will find his way into this somehow. [Risky Business/HR]

Industry Roundup: Spacey, Judy Greer