Arnold, Williams join the WB Net sitcom lineup

The WB Network unveiled two new comedies starring Tom Arnold and Cindy Williams for the 1997-98 TV season at the Television Critics Assn. press tour, which kicked off Sunday in Pasadena.

Arnold will star in and produce the as-yet-untitled WB comedy that is being produced by Arnold’s Clean Break Prods., which is based at Universal Studios. The ensemble comedy is in the early development stages.

Separately, the WB has also inked a 13-episode deal with the producing team of Miller-Boyett-Warren for a sitcom about a girls boarding school that will star Williams as the head mistress.

Thomas Miller and Bob Boyett, along with Michael Warren and his former partner William Bickley, are credited with much of the success ABC has had with its Friday “TGIF” lineup, which has included such series as “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” The show will be produced in association with Warner Bros. Television.

This marks the first time the production team will produce for a network other than ABC.

“We have gone after them virtually since we formed the WB,” programming chief Garth Ancier said.

The show will reunite Miller & Boyett with Williams, who starred in the ABC hit “Laverne & Shirley,” for which the production team produced many episodes. More recently, Miller & Boyett worked with Williams on the sitcom “Getting Buy,” which started on ABC before moving to NBC in the 1993-94 season.

Arnold, who got his small-screen start guest-starring on former wife Roseanne’s eponymous ABC sitcom, most recently has been going the film route. He co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hit feature “True Lies,” for which he got positive reviews. However, his last two releases, “The Stupids” and “Big Bully” opened to disappointing box office. Besides “Roseanne,” his TV credits include “Tom” and “The Jackie Thomas Show.”

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