November 18, 2013 3:17 pm
Updated: November 18, 2013 3:19 pm

Vancouver plays host to new TV projects

Katharine McPhee, pictured in September 2013.

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TORONTO — A number of small screen projects are about to start shooting in the Vancouver area, bringing stars like Katharine McPhee and Deirdre Hall to the city.

McPhee, the former American Idol finalist and star of the short-lived series Smash, is about to start work on In My Dreams for ABC. It co-stars Mike Vogel, one of the stars of Global’s summer hit Under the Dome.

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McPhee, 29, made tabloid headlines last month when she was snapped kissing director Michael Morris — even though both are married to other people.

According to reports, McPhee is no longer living with Nick Cokas, her husband since 2009.

In My Dreams is set to shoot in Vancouver until Dec. 20.

Meanwhile, Deirdre Hall — best known as Marlena Evans on Days of Our Lives — is set to work on Nobody’s Fool in Vancouver until Dec. 4.

Also shooting in the city is the pilot for The Lottery, a proposed series for Lifetime described as a “conspiracy thriller set in a dystopian future” where women no longer have children. A national lottery is held to find surrogates when 100 embryos are successfully fertilized.

Michael Graziadei (The Young and the Restless), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Single Ladies) and Louise Lombard (CSI) are in the cast.

Production of The Lottery is expected to run until Dec. 8.

Cameras are set to roll from Dec. 3 to 19 in Vancouver on the pilot for Rush, a drama for USA Network about an on-call doctor with a cash-only and no-questions-asked practice.

No casting details have been announced but it is being written and directed by Jonathan Levine, who made the feature Warm Bodies in Montreal.

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