Scolari jumps to Lorimar, CBS

Peter Scolari has made television’s version of a quantum leap — jumping from a previously announced Paramount Network TV pilot for Fox Broadcasting Co. into a similarly themed Lorimar TV candidate at CBS.

Scolari, who co-starred from 1984-90 on CBS’ “Newhart,” will now star in “Family Album,” a Lorimar comedy about a doctor and his family who move from California to Philadelphia to be close to their aging parents.

The show is being exec produced by the “Dream On” creative team of Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.

Fox announced only a few weeks ago that Scolari would star in its Paramount project, from producers Mort Nathan and Barry Fanaro, about a psychiatrist who packs up his family and flees L.A. to move to a small town in the Midwest.

That show was a late addition to Fox’s development presentation and is still being considered, a Fox spokeswoman said, while Paramount seeks to cast a new lead.

The show, previously referred to only as “the Peter Scolari Project,” is proceeding under the working title “Webster’s Bluff.”

As “Newhart” concluded its run, Scolari had a commitment, which ultimately failed to materialize, from CBS through “Newhart” production company MTM TV.

Prior to his long “Newhart” stint, Scolari starred for three seasons (with Tom Hanks) in ABC’s “Bosom Buddies” and appeared in two other short-lived ABC sitcoms.

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