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Charles, Stern set CBS laffer

'Dilbert' pair reteaming for Col Tristar TV sitcom

CBS is developing a new Columbia TriStar TV comedy created and executive produced by Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” “Mad About You”) and Daniel Stern (“City Slickers,” “Home Alone”). Stern will also star in the project for fall 1999.

The Eye web has agreed to produce at least six episodes of the new sitcom or pay a significant penalty, sources said. The comedy is about a divorced father who works at a community center and holds his town together like a modern-day Andy Griffith.

Charles and Stern are honing the concept together, and Charles will pen the script. The duo came up with the idea while they were working together on UPN’s animated comedy “Dilbert,” which debuts in January. Charles is executive producing and Stern will be the voice of “Dilbert” for that comedy.

Columbia and CBS would not comment on development.

Prior to “Dilbert,” Charles was an executive producer of “Mad About You” and a supervising producer of “Seinfeld.” He also wrote for “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

Stern has starred in two “City Slickers,” two “Home Alone” features and numerous other films. He also was the narrator of “The Wonder Years.”

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