Thesp sets deals for HBO skein, NBC mini
Mr. Big is getting bigger.
Chris Noth of “Sex and the City” has inked an overall deal with HBO under which the thesp will star in a weekly series for the pay cabler. In addition, Noth has signed a seven-figure deal to produce and star in a four-hour sweeps miniseries for NBC based on the Steve Martini bestseller “The Judge.”
HBO deal calls for the network to develop a series specifically for Noth or cast him in one of its upcoming series projects. Deal will not impact Noth’s regular guest appearances on “Sex” as Sarah Jessica Parker’s former boyfriend. Storyline considerations will dictate whether Noth will return to the show next season.
As for “The Judge,” the mini is based on Martini’s 1996 novel in which Florida judge Armando Acosta is fired after being arrested for soliciting a prostitute. When a central witness in the case against the ex-judge is murdered, Acosta is suspected of murder and is forced to fight for his life.
Noth will produce the mini with Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein. He’ll play a lawyer who comes to Acosta’s defense.
There’s no airdate yet for the production.
Both pacts were brokered by Noth’s reps at UTA.
Next week, Noth begins a star turn in a Broadway revival of scribe Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.” He’ll star opposite Charles Durning and Spalding Gray.
In addition to his “Sex” work, Noth is known for his 1990-95 stint as detective Mike Logan on Dick Wolf’s long-running NBC drama “Law & Order.” He also appeared in “Exiled: A Law & Order Movie,” which scored solid ratings when the Peacock aired it in 1998.
Up next for Noth is the feature “Double Whammy,” a Tom Dicillo film starring Denis Leary and Elizabeth Hurley.
In the can for Noth are small parts in the upcoming Tom Hanks/Helen Hunt starrer “Castaway,” helmed by Robert Zemeckis, and “The Glass House.”