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Nathan Lane, Cheyenne Jackson and Ken Jenkins to Star in New USA Comedy Pilot
Douglas McGrath will write, direct and executive produce the untitled single-camera project.

[via press release from USA]



Comedy Pilot Signifies Network's Commitment To Expanding Programming Genres And Broadening of Global Entertainment Brand

NEW YORK - November 4, 2011 - Nathan Lane will star in and executive produce the new USA Network original comedy pilot THE UNTITLED DOUGLAS MCGRATH PROJECT. Cheyenne Jackson ("Glee," "30 Rock") and Ken Jenkins ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs") will also star in the half-hour, single-camera comedy from Douglas McGrath ("Bullets Over Broadway," "Infamous"), who will write, direct and executive produce the pilot.

"Nathan Lane is one of the most versatile comedic forces in the entertainment industry. We're thrilled to have an actor his stature and Doug McGrath's masterful script aligned with the launch of our comedy brand," said Bill McGoldrick, Senior Vice President, Original Scripted Programming, USA Network. "We're not surprised the combination of Nathan and Doug quickly attracted such high-caliber and notable actors as Cheyenne and Ken."

Two-time Emmy(R) Award and Screen Actor's Guild Award winner Nathan Lane will star as Jasper, an unlucky actor whose Broadway aspirations must be put on hold when his father's health takes a turn for worse, forcing him to return to his Texas hometown. Cheyenne Jackson will play Tim, a handsome doctor who befriends Jasper in his Texas hometown. Ken Jenkins will star as Jasper's father Burl, who lives by himself and drinks heavily as his health is fading. Academy-Award nominee Douglas McGrath will write, direct and executive produce the pilot from Universal Cable Prods.

USA recently greenlit another comedy pilot, PAGING DR. FREED, a half-hour about two brothers who take over the reins of their father's medical practice after his untimely death. From Fox 21 and Universal Cable Prods., Michael Feldman ("That's So Raven") will write and executive produce with Katy McCaffrey and Brad Johnson serving as producers.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in 102 million U.S. homes. A division of NBCUniversal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com . Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

  [november 2011]  

· 30 ROCK (NBC)

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