Tambor into Griffith skien

'Sanders' vet to play star's boss

Jeffrey Tambor (“The Larry Sanders Show”) has been cast as Melanie Griffith’s co-star in the upcoming CBS comedy “Me & George.”

Tambor, who stars as Hank Kingsley in the HBO sitcom “The Larry Sanders Show,” is set to play Marty Zane, Griffith’s boss, in the Witt-Thomas sitcom for fall. Tambor’s deal includes a guaranteed number of episodes and a commitment for at least one CBS TV movie.

The series is executive produced by Paul Witt, Tony Thomas, Terri Minsky and Nina Wass. Tambor’s other credits include “L.A. Law,” the upcoming films “Meet Joe Black,” “Dr. Dolittle” and “There’s Something About Mary.”

Separately, Nia Long (“Soul Food,” “Love Jones”) has been cast in the ABC drama pilot from Columbia TriStar TV called “Black Jaq,” which is executive produced by Forest Whitaker. Long plays a spy who gets a new assignment in her hometown, New Orleans.

Whitaker, Alfred Gough and Miles Miller are executive producing, and the script was penned by Gough, Miller and Dawnn Lewis. Long is currently starring in “Secret Laughter of Women.” She’s repped by 3 Arts and Innovative Artists.

ABC’s upcoming Nancy Travis sitcom will now be executive produced and written by Nell Scovell, the creator of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” for Brillstein-Grey. Disney had previously been attached to the project, but Travis passed on the script there. The show may now be launched midseason.

Scovell and Travis will executive produce the pilot about a woman who leaves her job to be a full-time mother. Scovell is repped by UTA.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety