Matthew Broderick has signed on to a comedy pilot at NBC, marking his first regular role in a TV series.
Broderick will star in a show called “Beach Lane,” the showbiz trade papers report. The show would follow his character, a well-known author who’s hired to run a small newspaper in the Hamptons by the paper’s owner, the scion of a wealthy family.
“NewsRadio” creator Paul Simms is writing the pilot and will executive produce with “Saturday Night Live” guru Lorne Michaels and Marci Klein.
Broderick guest-starred on “30 Rock” in 2008 and has starred in several TV movies (most recently “The Music Man” on ABC in 2003), but “Beach Lane” would be his first full-time commitment to a TV series.
Other pilot news:
– CBS has greenlit a pair of drama pilots, one from “Sopranos” veterans Mitchell Green and Robin Burgess and one from “ER” and “Souhtland” exec producer John Wells.
Green and Burgess are writing and executive producing “Reagan’s Law,” about a family of police officers in New York (Leonard Goldberg will also exec produce). Wells, meanwhile, will exec produce a drama about a team of doctors that travels across the country offering medical help in crisis situations. Hannah Shakespeare (“Ghost Whisperer”) is writing the script and will also exec produce.
– ABC and NBC have each ordered comedy pilots.
The ABC project is called “It Takes a Village” and comes from “Greek” writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor. It focuses on a divorced couple raising their 15-year-old son with the help of their new partners.
NBC’s pickup is “Perfect Couples,” about three couples with varying ideas on what a perfect relationship is. Scott Silveri (“Friends”) and Jon Pollack (“30 Rock”) are writing it.
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