Alan Cumming is Tin Man

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The SCI FI Channel has teamed with “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star and feature writer Mike Werb for a techno-crime series project and has hired Tony winner Alan Cumming to star in the network’s upcoming miniseries “Tin Man.”

Also, ABC has given the green light to a contemporary take on Raymond Chandler’s noir detective Philip Marlowe and to “Pushing Daisies,” a one-hour pilot from “Dead Like Me” and “Wonderfalls” creator Bryan Fuller and Oscar-winning producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

The untitled Star/Werb project, from Darren Star Productions and Sony Pictures TV, is described as a “sleek” actioner about four unlikely convicts who have been given new identities and technologically enhanced bodies and work for a covert wing of the U.S. government taking on emerging threats from science run amok. The 90-minute project will be executive produced by Werb (Face/Off) and Star and written by Werb. Susie Fitzgerald will co-executive produce.

Cumming has been tapped for the role of Glitch in the tentatively titled six-hour mini “Tin Man,” a reimagined sci-fi fantasy take on Frank Baum’s book “The Wizard of Oz.” Glitch, one of a motley assortment of colorful characters trapped in the Outer Zone (the O.Z.), is an odd man missing half his brain. “Tin Man,” from RHI Entertainment, is set to begin production in Vancouver in March for a December premiere.

“Marlowe,” from Touchstone TV, will feature the famous sleuth in a procedural crime drama set in 21st century Los Angeles. Greg Pruss and Carol Wolper penned the script and are executive producing with Daniel Pipski and Dan Blatt.

“Daisies” hails from Warner Bros. TV and Jinks/Cohen Productions. It is described as an unconventional detective show/romance/fairy tale centered on a guy who can touch the dead and bring them back to life but then has to deal with the consequences. Fuller penned the script and is executive producing with Jinks and Cohen.