Fontana tapped to guide Moore sitcom

Changing his genre from drama to comedy

Producer Tom Fontana (“Homicide,” “Oz”) has been tapped to supervise ABC’s upcoming 20th Century Fox sitcom with Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, and Jeff Lowell (“Spin City’) will write the pilot script.

The choice of Fontana is considered somewhat odd by some industry-watchers because he’s best-known for hard-edged, realistic dramas.

Separately, Jeremy Piven (“Ellen”) has been cast as the lead in Columbia TriStar TV’s and Mandalay TV’s pilot “Cupid” for ABC.

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