Inside Move: Peacock returns to kitchen

Project targeted for fall 2002

NBC’s cooking up another chef show.

Peacock, home of the new Emeril Lagasse sitcom, has made a premium script commitment to a half-hour kitchen-based romantic laffer starring Patrick Dempsey (“Once and Again”) and penned by Matthew Carnahan (“Thieves”). Project, targeted for fall 2002, comes from Jersey Television in association with Columbia TriStar Television and NBC Studios.

Script will revolve around a sous chef (Dempsey) and his behind-the-scenes adventures in a restaurant. Carnahan will write from experience: He’s an ex-chef who spent nine years in the kitchen before going Hollywood.

Carnahan and Dempsey are set as exec producers, along with Jersey TV topper John Landgraf and Jersey partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher.

In addition to “Thieves,” Carnahan was a scribe-producer on “The Fugitive” last season. He also created the NBC drama “Trinity.”

Both Dempsey and Carnahan are repped by CAA, which brokered the deal. Jersey Television inked a new three-year exclusive overall deal with CTTV earlier this summer (Daily Variety, June 27.) Company had previously been based at 20th Century Fox TV.

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