Blame Canada: Hank Azaria has inked to star in “No Dinner, No Dessert,” an ABC comedy pilot from Canuck scribe/producer Ken Finkelman.
Thesp, best known for providing several key voices on “The Simpsons” and for his role in the Robin Williams starrer “The Birdcage,” has signed on as the lead in the Finkelman laffer, which is being produced by Imagine/Touchstone Television.
Deal also calls for Azaria to serve as a co-exec producer on the skein, a single-camera, no-laugh-track, family comedy that’s a high-profile contender for the Alphabet web’s fall 2000 sked.
Azaria will play a father trying his best to juggle life, work, family and everything in between.
Finkelman is the scribe/thesp/producer behind the successful Canadian comedy “The Newsroom,” which has snagged five Gemini Awards, Canada’s answer to the Emmys.
Azaria has been a regular on “The Simpsons” since 1989, supplying the voices of several characters, including Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu, Springfield Police Chief Wiggums and the gruff but lovable Moe the bartender. He also served as the voice of Bartok in the 1997 animated feature “Anastasia.”
Thesp also had a recurring role on NBC’s “Mad About You,” playing the quirky dogwalker Nat. “Mad” star Helen Hunt is Azaria’s wife.
Azaria recently starred opposite Jack Lemmon in ABC’s high-rated telepic “Tuesdays With Morrie,” produced by Oprah Winfrey. He will be seen next month in CBS’ live presentation of “Fail Safe,” which stars George Clooney.
On the feature side, Azaria appeared most recently in last year’s well-reviewed drama “Cradle Will Rock,” as well as “Mystery Men.”
Azaria’s deal was brokered by Endeavor, manager Nancy Sanders and attorney David Weber.