Davis returns to TV for ABC pilot ‘Lost’

Minsky, Wass to exec produce laffer

After a 15-year absence, Oscar-winner Geena Davis is set to return to series TV as the star of ABC’s Touchstone Television-produced comedy pilot “Lost and Found.”

Alphabet has made a 22-episode fee commitment to Davis and has also struck an overall TV and film production deal with the actress.

Davis, who starred in the recent holiday box office smash “Stuart Little,” will play a single New York party planner who falls for a suburban widower with two kids. A life of lattes and lemon drop martinis suddenly becomes an existence dominated by carpools and peanut butter sandwiches.

“Sex and the City” scribe Terri Minsky and Nina Wass will serve as exec producers of the project, which is being targeted for a fall bow. Minsky will write the pilot.

ABC Entertainment Television Group co-topper Stu Bloomberg said the web had wanted Davis for some time.

“She’s so likable and has such an accessibility,” he said. “You can’t fool people with television. It’s right into your house. To have someone as accessible and charming as Geena Davis is a gift that people will want on a weekly basis.”

Deal for Davis comes in the same week ABC scored one of the biggest coups of the pilot casting season by landing Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) to star in a family laffer from CAA-repped producer/scribe Ken Finkleman (Daily Variety, March 28.)

Deal for Davis was also brokered by CAA.

Davis’s last small screen stint was in 1985, when she starred as a lawyer in the short-lived Gary David Goldberg sitcom “Sara.” NBC resurrected repeats of the skein, which also starred Alfre Woodard and Bronson Pinchot, in summer 1998.

Thesp’s most notable TV role was as a dim-witted researcher in NBC’s 1983 sitcom “Buffalo Bill.”

After splashing onto the big screen in 1982’s “Tootsie,” Davis went on to appear in a series of successful pics, including “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “Thelma and Louise” and “A League of Their Own.” Her career hit a high note when she took home the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1988’s “The Accidental Tourist.”

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