NBC, Cannavale ink laffer deal

NBC has inked Bobby Cannavale to a talent holding deal with an eye toward developing a half-hour Gotham-based laffer for the thesp.

Pact reunites Peacock with Cannavale, who won an Emmy earlier this year for his work on the net’s “Will & Grace” and earlier starred on “Third Watch.” Thesp also starred in the feature “The Station Agent” and in “NY-70,” the buzzworthy Peacock pilot that didn’t move forward last spring.

NBC U Television Studios will produce for the network.

Deal was spearheaded by Katie O’Connell, the NBC senior veep who heads up the net’s Gotham development team. She said inking Cannavale was one of her first priorities when she took over her Gotham gig earlier this year.

“He’s an authentic New York voice and actor,” O’Connell told Daily Variety, adding the goal of the deal is to develop a single-camera comedy to be toplined by Cannavale.

Meetings with writers are in the process of being set up, O’Connell added. If the project moves forward, the series would be shot in Gotham.

In addition to finding New York-based talent, O’Connell said NBC wants to take advantage of Gotham tax breaks to beef up its East Coast production.

“The idea of coming out here is to have proximity to writers, producers and actors who live in New York and to make a real effort to work with those people and produce shows here,” she said.

Cannavale is expected to reprise his “Will & Grace” role before the show wraps in spring. He’s currently filming Richard Linklater’s upcoming take on “Fast Food Nation” (code name: “Coyote”) and will next be seen alongside Robin Williams in “The Night Listener.”

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