Thesp to star in Showtime skein 'Jeremiah'

Luke Perry has signed on to star in and become an exec producer of “Jeremiah,” an original sci-fi series expected to debut on Showtime next year.

The pay-TV network has ordered 20 episodes of the series from MGM.

Perry, who will direct at least one episode of the series, will portray the title character, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will join him as a co-star.

Sources indicated that Perry also is talking to Showtime about producing and starring in at least one upcoming original pic for the pay-TV cable network.

Created for TV by J. Michael Stracynski, “Jeremiah” is based on Platinum Studios’ novel series by Belgian author Hermann Huppen.

Stracyznski is showrunner and exec producer, alongside Sam Egan. Russell Mulcahy will direct the two-hour preem. Joe Dante, Michael Finnell and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg are also exec producers.

Series is being produced by Jeremiah Prods. in association with Lion’s Gate Television and Platinum Studios and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.

It’s set in a future post-apocalyptic world, where, almost a decade before, a virus wiped out the world’s adult population sparing only those who hadn’t reached puberty.

The project marks a continuing relationship between MGM and Showtime, which also work together on “Stargate SG-1″ and the new series “Leap Years.”

Perry’s commitment marks the former “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star’s return to regular serial TV work. He’ll also recur on HBO’s “Oz” next season, and most recently has been playing the role of Brad Majors in the Broadway revival of “The Rocky Horror Show.”

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