Newswire: Alias’ Michael Vartan to star in E! series that’s definitely not about Tom Cruise’s love life

Michael Vartan, best known for his role as Jennifer Garner’s dreamy-eyed CIA handler on the long-running spy series Alias, has been cast in a starring role in The Arrangement, a new scripted drama from E!. The show, which centers on a young actress whose apparently spontaneous romance with the world’s biggest movie star is revealed to be part of a consciously manipulated PR machine, is definitely not intended to remind audiences of stories—including those detailed in the Scientology-focused book and documentary Going Clear—about the highly stage-managed public romances of movie star Tom Cruise.

Vartan will play the friend and mentor of as-yet-uncast movie hunk Kyle West (whose name may or may not be an anagram for “Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental”). Vartan’s character, Terence Hoffman, is West’s producing partner, and is invested in the ongoing success of “The …

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