Tanner Stransky
October 19, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

+ Gilmore Girls mastermind Amy Sherman-Palladino will direct Sarah Jessica Parker in The Late Bloomer’s Revolution. ”It’s about life kicking you in the ass, and finding something good out of it,” says Sherman-Palladino. ”She’s your average New York woman, and” — with apologies to Carrie Bradshaw — ”she’s going to look like crap.”

+ Oscar winner Helen Mirren will shed more than just that crown to play Nevada brothel madam Grace Bontempo in Love Ranch. Joe Pesci stars as her husband. ”This couple met with a common dream,” says director and Mirren’s offscreen hubby Taylor Hackford. ”This is very much in the working-class milieu. It’s at the very bottom line of society.”

+ A&E has nabbed Patrick Swayze and Benjamin Bratt for two new pilots. Swayze is set to play an unorthodox FBI vet training a new partner in The Beast, while Bratt is in talks to headline The Cleaner, as a recovering addict who looks for redemption by cleaning up and sending himself to prison.

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