‘Northern’s’ Turner warms up to ‘Lloyd’

Thesp to play exec

NEW YORK — In what may become her first series since “Northern Exposure,” Janine Turner has signed to star opposite Gary Cole and Jonathan Silverman in “Lloyd, What Happened?,” a pilot for HBO directed by Harold Ramis for Tom Hanks’ Playtone and Touchstone Television.

The half-hour comedy was written by “Larry Sanders Show” veteran Peter Tolan and depicts the travails of a regular guy trying to get ahead in corporate America.

Turner, who was Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated for her role as Maggie on “Northern Exposure,” will play a senior vice president of finance.

Novel idea

The pilot and series are based on the Stanley Bing novel “Lloyd, What Happened? A Novel of Business,” and will be exec produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone and Tolan and Lauren Corrao.

After “Northern” went south, Turner moved back to her native Texas, where she built a ranch and populated it with horses, cattle — and a daughter, Juliette, who just turned 2. Turner’s done a number of telepics — she’s now shooting “Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Secret Affair” for CBS — and will divide her time between Hollywood and her ranch if the pilot becomes a series.

Turner is repped by CAA and Evolution Entertainment.

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