Doherty readies return to Fox TV

Former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Shannen Doherty is looking to return to primetime television in an ensemble comedy that Witt-Thomas Prod. is developing for Fox Broadcasting Co.

The show, “Faster Baby, Kill!,” also stars Orlando Jones, who is currently a writer and performer on Fox’s Saturday night show “Mad TV,” and William Ragsdale, who starred in the web’s sitcom “Herman’s Head,” which ran from 1991-94.

The half-hour effort is a combination of comedy and action with Doherty, Jones and Ragsdale portraying hip young private investigators in Los Angeles.

Partners Paul Witt and Tony Thomas are executive producing the pilot along with Witt-Thomas Prods. president Gary Levine and Rob LaZebnik, who wrote the pilot. LaZebnik’s other credits include Witt-Thomas’ “Common Law” and “Empty Nest.”

Don Scardino, whose directing credits include HBO’s “Tracey Takes on New York” starring Tracey Ullman and “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” is directing the pilot.

Doherty left “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1994. This past season, Doherty starred in a telefilm for NBC. She was also heavily wooed by Spelling Entertainment earlier this year to join the cast of the WB’s drama “Savannah,” but no deal could be struck. Her recent film credits include Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats.” She also co-starred in the black comedy “Heathers.”

Besides his work on “Mad TV,” Jones was also a writer on the critically acclaimed Fox series “Roc,” which ran from 1991-94.

Since “Herman’s Head,” Ragsdale’s credits include the Showtime film “National Lampoon’s Favorite Deadly Sins.” He also had a memorable appearance as a romantic interest in an episode of “Ellen

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