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Dukakis heading for TV ‘Heaven’

Warner Bros. Television has cast Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis (“Moonstruck”) in the tentatively titled “Heaven Will Wait,” a comedy the studio is developing for CBS for next season.

Based on the British TV show “Waiting for God,” “Heaven Will Wait” deals with two neighbors who see life differently but share the same nemesis. Richard Mulligan (“Empty Nest”) plays Dukakis’ neighbor with Michael McKean (“Laverne & Shirley”) playing the antagonist and Julie Hagerty (“Airplane,” “Lost in America”) playing McKean’s assistant.

“Heaven Will Wait” is being executive produced by the duo of Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, who have teamed on several series including “Anything But Love.”

Director Penny Marshall is also an executive producer on the show. The comedy is one of nine that CBS has in development for the 1997-98 TV season.

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