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The Arrangement, a TV series that is definitely NOT inspired by Scientologyand/or Tom Cruise’s alleged “girlfriend auditions” that led to his ill-fated marriage to Katie Holmes, has been picked up a E!, making it the second scripted series — after The Royals — for the cable entertainment news channel.

The Arrangement is about Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista), a young and beautiful actress who auditions for the female lead in a blockbuster alongside Hollywood’s biggest star, Kyle West (Josh Henderson). A fairytale romance ensues, until Megan is asked to sign a contract detailing how the relationship will play out. Kyle’s mentor, Terrence Anderson (Michael Vartan), runs an organization called The Institute of the Higher Mind. Where do they come up with this stuff???

Jonathan Abrahams, formerly a writer on Mad Men, wrote the pilot and will act as an executive producer. No word yet on when the new series will premiere. Something tell us there will be legal hurdles.

h/t Deadline

 if it’s anything like this it’ll be a guaranteed hit!! 

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We’re delighted that E! has greenlit its second ever scripted series, “The Arrangement.” They describe it as a “Cinderella story for modern times,” in which Christine Evangelista‘s character auditions for a summer blockbuster where she’d get to star alongside Josh Henderson‘s mega famous action star.

After she knocks it out of the park with the audition, she somehow ends up going on a date with this universally desired actor. But, womp womp, she gets presented with a contract (and not just a regular old agree-to-be-in-our-film contract), and she’s left with the decision of whether or not to sign it.

Now, while we can assume that she signs the contract, we don’t really know what it’s for — except that it will jumpstart her career. We know that Henderson’s character has to keep some secrets about himself hidden if he wants to keep riding the fame train to even greater heights. We also know that his mentor is some sort of self-help guru who runs something called the “Institute of the Higher Mind.”

What we’re taking as the real clue behind this plot is the mentor and his sinister-sounding institute. Because, well, that really seems like a classic stand-in for the Church Of Scientology. Which could make the mentor David Miscavige. Which could make the popularly desired action star with whom he’s so close … Tom Cruise.

Do you see where we’re going with this? Because we think that this is the writer’s dramatized retelling (with plenty of original tweaks and twists) of the Tom Cruise + Katie Holmes story. Television writers love to rip stories from the headlines (while making it their own), and there is so much fictional story potential just in that one (now former) celebrity power couple. It really looks like that’s how this show’s going to play out.

E! certainly knows their stars and pop culture, so we’re sure that they’ll know how to do it well. We’re sure that anyone working on the show runs the risk of being branded a Suppressive Person by the Church, but, hey, that’s showbiz.

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The new scripted drama The Arrangement sounds a lot like the Tom Cruise M.O., and how he interviewed Katie Holmes to take the position as the third Mrs. Cruise. The Arrangement will follow in the style of The Royals, and be the next scripted drama to really take off for E!, helped by the similarities to the Cruise marriage.

According to the Inquisitr, Tom Cruise has started interviewing new wives, but this time, wants to make sure that he can find a woman who will adhere to the rules of Scientology. Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes all found Cruise’s chosen religion suffocating, and headed for the hills. Cruise has put David Miscavige and other members of the Church of Scientology on the case of finding the fourth Mrs. Cruise.

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Vanity Fair is reporting that after Maureen Orth wrote a detailed article about Tom Cruise’s screening process for a wife, a script for The Arrangement started making its way around. The premise sounds an awful lot like the Cruise scenario.

“Described as a modern day Cinderella story with a complicated Hollywood twist, ‘The Arrangement’ follows a young actress, Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista), who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster to star opposite the hottest male action stars, Kyle West (Josh Henderson). After Megan’s amazing audition leads to an incredible first date—and more—with Kyle, her Cinderella story takes an unexpected turn when she is presented with a contract that would change her life forever.”

And if that wasn’t enough, the main character is involved in a “self help organization.”

“Kyle’s mentor is Terrence Anderson (Michael Vartan), who runs a self-help organization called the Institute of the Higher Mind with his wife, Deann (Lexa Doig).”

The pilot is written by Mad Men writer Jonathan Abrahams, according to E! executive Jeff Olde.

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Variety says that E! has ordered an entire season of The Arrangement, which sounds similar to the Cruise/Holmes relationship. It is described as a modern-day Cinderella, and it is the story of a woman presented with an incredible life changing contract to marry an actor with a powerful link to a self-help organization.

“E! viewers have shown a strong appetite for scripted fare, and we look forward to building on the success of The Royals with this exciting, new drama,” said Jeff Olde, EVP of programming and development at E! “We love the way Jonathan has juxtaposed dark storylines against a backdrop of Hollywood glitz and glamor. His unique and sinister twist on the classic fairy tale love story is a perfect addition to E!’s pop culture line-up.”

But The Arrangement is also considered an unusual modern morality tale, that will remind audiences of all things Tom Cruise.

But like Mad Men, there will be many layers, and nothing will be exactly as it seems.

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In the cast photos in Deadline, the lead even resembles Tom Cruise. If fans are to read into the story of The Arrangement, Katie Holmes might have been made an offer few women could refuse. It also brings up the question of how often the lines are blurred between work and personal lives.

Would you make an “arrangement” to marry someone for other than love?

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I’m putting this old post here as I never actually knew that Celeb clam Greta van Susteren’s sister was a psychiatrist… hence the title of todays post

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A tipster passed along something we didn’t know: Noted Scientologist Greta van Susteren‘s sister is a psychiatrist. Or, as Greta’s religion would have it, a practitioner of the “industry of death,” a “fraud,” a drug-peddler, and a “rapist.” We asked her what she thought of her sister’s curious views.

Lise van Susteren lives in Bethesda, Md. That’s her, with Greta, in 2005. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and completed her residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a mental institution in Washington, D.C. She’s a board-certified forensic psychiatrist and has served on the staff of mental health centers in Alexandria and Fairfax, Va. She was a consultant to the CIA, where she developed psychological profiles of world leaders. In 2006, she launched a failed Senate bid in Maryland.

Lise is no dabbler: She has a deep and varied career in psychiatry. Last month, she wrote in the Huffington Post that mental health professionals must do more to assess and redress the psychiatric effects of dislocation due to climate change.

Her sister Greta, on the other hand, is a member and underwriter of an organization whose leader David Miscavige lauds its “campaign for the global obliteration of psychiatry” and uses terms like “lethal assault,” “plague,” and “virus of abberation” when discussing his aim of “breaking the dark spell cast across earth” by people like Lise van Susteren. As of 1998, Greta had given at least $100,000 to Scientology; Miscavige’s mother was the accountant at the law firm Greta ran with her husband John Coale. She and Coale own a home in Clearwater, Fla., Scientology’s spiritual headquarters.

We called Lise to ask her about Greta’s views. “These are private matters,” she said. “I don’t ever discuss them. The reality is, I don’t know anything about Scientology’s current campaigns. I know that in the past there were a few people who were very vocal about psychiatry, but I don’t know enough to reasonably comment.”

A few very vocal people is a vast understatement. We recommend Lise watch this video, of Miscavige at Scientology’s New Year’s celebration in 2006, to get a refresher. She could also go to Scientology’s web site to learn about how her sister’s religion regards psychiatry and psychology as “the stepchildren of…Hitler and the Nazis,” and formed “the philosophical basis for the wholesale slaughter of human beings in…World War II.” She might take special interest in that last bit, seeing as how her Jewish mother-in-law survived a German labor camp during the Holocaust by passing as a Catholic.

Greta and Lise don’t seem to be estranged; Greta lent her support to Lise’s Senate campaign and gave $2,100. We wonder what Miscavige thinks of one of his premier celebrity ambassadors palling around with a “psych.”

speaking of Fox News from the archives…

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FDNY Hierarchy Furious With Tom Cruise Over Scientology Detox

Tom Cruise comes to New York on Thursday night, hoping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Scientology. He’s doing it under the guise of a detox program for members of the New York Fire Department who participated in the 9/11 clean-up.

There’s only problem: No one from the hierarchy of the FDNY endorses this program. The people I’ve talked to are furious with Cruise, and want the rank and file of firemen in New York to stay away from it.

Indeed, what I’m hearing are stories of firemen who accepted free treatment, only to be swallowed into Scientology. And while tonight’s event is billed as a “fundraiser,” I’m also told that firemen and their families aren’t paying for their own tickets.

“The idea is just to get them in,” says a source.

The detox program is nothing new, either, say critics of Scientology. It’s just the group’s program called Purification Rundown. The course has been around a long time and has no scientific or medicinal value that can be proven by any physicians other than Scientologists.

Meantime, all eyes will be on New York City Councilman Hiram Monserrate of Queens, who has suddenly become Scientology’s new cheerleader. Monserrate drafted an official proclamation to have Thursday recognized by the city council as L. Ron Hubbard Day in honor of the late science-fiction writer who invented Scientology.


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