Billboard Bits: LL Cool J, Joe Jackson, Diego Gonzalez

CBS is warming up to "The Man," ordering a pilot for a drama starring veteran rapper LL Cool J. Written by "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker, "The Man" centers on an undercover Los Angeles cop who juggles

CBS is warming up to "The Man," ordering a pilot for a drama starring veteran rapper LL Cool J. Written by "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker, "The Man" centers on an undercover Los Angeles cop who juggles his job while developing a father-like relationship with a boy orphaned after one of his drug busts.

LL's last TV series was "In the House," which ran from 1995-1999. The rapper is also at work on the follow-up to last year's "Todd Smith," which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200.

-- Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter






Joe Jackson is at work on a theatre project based on the life of Dracula creator Bram Stoker. According to his
official Web site, Jackson has teamed with writer Raymond Hardie and director Judy Dolan on a "Gothic melodrama with a strong undercurrent of black humor" titled "Stoker."

The work, to be set in Victorian London with flashbacks to Stoker's childhood in Ireland, will also feature Henry Irving, Oscar Wilde and Prime Minister William Gladstone. There's no word yet as to when or where the project will be debuted.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto






The debut album by "Rebelde" cast member Diego Gonzalez (aka "Rocco") will get a physical release in the U.S. April 24 via EMI Televisa. The self-titled album, which has already come out in Mexico, Chile and Brazil, will be released digitally April 3. Gonzalez recently opened shows in the U.S. for RBD, the Mexican supergroup spawned by the telenovela, and is set to play dates with the group in Chile this month.

-- Ayala Ben-Yehuda, L.A.