Harper will yak for VH1

Thesp part of cabler's Gen-X p'gramming appeal

HOLLYWOOD — Cable net VH1 has signed thesp Hill Harper, who will co-star in ABC’s upcoming Sally Field-led drama series “The Court,” to host and produce a music-based alternative talker for the cabler.

Deal comes at a time when VH1 is updating its brand in part by commissioning programs aimed at appealing to the Gen-X audience.

Harper’s show is in the early stages of development, but the concept is clearly nontraditional. It might feature Harper getting massages during one interview, while he and another guest might hold their conversation over an open snake pit.

Harper, who is repped by the Gersh Agency, Principato-Young Management and Nelson Levine and Felker, describes the show as Tom Green meets Charlie Rose meets Cirque du Soleil.

Harper was nommed for an Independent Spirit Award last year for his role in “The Visit.” His last major TV role was as Dr. Wesley Williams on former CBS drama “City of Angels.”

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