Pantoliano TV bound

Universal is developing a sitcom for CBS that stars actor Joe Pantoliano (“EZ Streets”) and is executive produced by Mark Driscoll (“Ellen”), writer-director Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”) and feature producer Gary Foster (“Sleepless in Seattle”).

CBS has bought a script for the comedy, based on the stageplay “Hollywood P.O.” by writer-comedian Reynaldo Rey, who will also executive produce. Pantoliano, who had a prior deal with CBS, gets a producer credit on the project too, if it comes to fruition.

Shelton, who has written and directed several high-profile feature pics, such as “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Tin Cup,” “Bull Durham” and “Cobb,” became interested in the project after he saw the stageplay, which is an ensemble piece set in a post office. Foster has also worked heavily in features, producing films such as “Tin Cup” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Rey, who wrote the play, has an extensive comedy background in both writing and acting. He wrote for and starred in the sitcoms “Sanford” and “227,” and he appeared in the films “White Men Can’t Jump,” “House Party 3” and “Harlem Nights.”

Driscoll, who has a deal with Universal, will be the show runner on the new project. Driscoll joined ABC’s comedy “Ellen” in 1993, and he rose to executive producer in 1995. Last season, he helped pen the Emmy Award-winning “coming out” episode before leaving the show.

Pantoliano starred in the CBS drama “EZ Streets” and NBC’s “The Fanelli Boys.” He also has starred in numerous features including “The Fugitive,” “Bound,” “Congo,” “Midnight Run” and “Risky Business.” The new project reunites him with both CBS and Universal, which produced “EZ Streets.”

UTA’s Ruthanne Secunda repped Pantoliano; Endeavor repped Driscoll. Chris Silbermann of Broder, Kurland, Webb & Uffner repped Rey, Foster and Shelton for this project.

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