Neuwirth, Conti tapped to meet ‘Deadline’

Wolf's new NBC drama begins production today

Tony- and Emmy-winning thesp Bebe Neuwirth and Oscar nominee Tom Conti are joining the cast of producer Dick Wolf’s new NBC drama “Deadline.”

Skein, which stars Oliver Platt as a hard-hitting crime columnist for a New York Post-like tab, begins production in Gotham today.

Neuwirth — known for her recurring role as ice queen Lilith on “Cheers” and “Frasier” and her star turn in the smash Broadway tuner “Chicago” — will play Platt’s high-strung editor. Conti, who scored an Oscar nod for his performance in the pic “Reuben, Reuben,” has been cast as the wacky-yet-powerful owner of the paper.

Other previously announced cast members include indie fave Lili Taylor (“High Fidelity”) and Hope Davis (“Arlington Road”). Taylor will play a gossip columnist; Davis will portray Platt’s estranged reporter wife.

‘Actor’s actors’

“I could not ask for a more powerful star and supporting cast,” Wolf said. “All of these performers migrate freely between major films, television and the stage, and they are ‘actor’s actors.’ I am looking forward to seeing the dynamic between Oliver and these very strong-willed, rich characters who will add conflict and humor to the series.”

Conti and Wolf last worked together on the short-lived 1995 CBS drama “The Wright Verdicts.”

The former’s feature credits include “Shirley Valentine,” “American Dreamer” and “Beyond Therapy.”

Neuwirth did a guest turn on Wolf’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” last season. She recently scored an Emmy nod for playing Dorothy Parker in the A&E pic “Dash and Lilly”; she garnered two consecutive Emmy wins for her perf as Lilith.

Wolf is repped by UTA. Neuwirth’s deal was brokered by ICM.

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