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NBC trying to net Wilder

NBC is reportedly in discussions with actor Gene Wilder to star in a pilot with the hope of developing a half-hour sitcom for next fall.

Both the network and Wilder’s representatives at Creative Artists Agency declined comment.

If it goes forward, the project would be made through the web’s in-house division NBC Prods., with Wilder to star and possibly produce.

It’s believed the series would be a first for Wilder after an extensive feature career that began with Mel Brooks’ 1968 “The Producers.” He went on to star in “Young Frankenstein,””Blazing Saddles” and “Stir Crazy,” expanding to writing-directing with “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother,””The World’s Greatest Lover” and “Haunted Honeymoon.”

NBC has recently announced several comedies it’s developing for next season, including potential series to star John Larroquette, Teri Garr, Kelsey Grammer and George Wendt.

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