Frog gives Bellamy pilot commitment

Thesp to co-produce, topline project

The WB has made a put pilot commitment to Bill Bellamy, inking the comic-thesp to develop and star in a comedy for the 2001-02 season.

Bellamy, who most recently appeared in Oliver Stone’s gridiron pic “Any Given Sunday,” will also co-produce the project, which is still in the early stages of development and does not yet have a writer attached.

“Bill’s someone we’ve been pursuing all year,” WB Entertainment topper Susanne Daniels told Daily Variety. “He’s handsome, appealing, charming, funny and someone we’re eager to develop with.”

Daniels said one of the things that attracted the Frog to Bellamy was the thesp’s versatility.

“He’d be good in a number of different kinds of shows,” she said. “He’s good at physical comedy, but I could also see him in a romantic comedy.”

Bellamy first gained notice as the host of “MTV Jams,” the cabler’s urban music showcase skein. Gig led to several feature roles, starting with his feature debut in 1997’s “Love Jones.” He followed that with a starring role in “How to Be a Player.”

Later this month, Bellamy will start work on Screen Gems’ “The Brothaz,” which stars D.L. Hughley, Shemar Moore and Morris Chestnut. He also appears in the upcoming Jerry O’Connell pic “Buying the Cow.”

Bellamy is repped by Talent Entertainment Group and CAA.

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