TWO-TIME EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNER NATHAN LANE TO STAR WITH CHEYENNE JACKSON & KEN JENKINS IN NEW USA NETWORK COMEDY "THE UNTITLED DOUGLAS MCGRATH PROJECT"
LANE AND OSCAR-NOMINATED DOUGLAS MCGRATH TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
Comedy Pilot Signifies Network's Commitment To Expanding Programming Genres
And Broadening of Global Entertainment Brand
NEW YORK - November 4, 2011 - Nathan Lane will star in and executive produce the new USA Network original comedy pilot THE UNTITLED DOUGLAS MCGRATH PROJECT. Cheyenne Jackson ("Glee," "30 Rock") and Ken Jenkins ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs") will also star in the half-hour, single-camera comedy from Douglas McGrath ("Bullets Over Broadway," "Infamous"), who will write, direct and executive produce the pilot.
"Nathan Lane is one of the most versatile comedic forces in the entertainment industry. We're thrilled to have an actor his stature and Doug McGrath's masterful script aligned with the launch of our comedy brand," said Bill McGoldrick, Senior Vice President, Original Scripted Programming, USA Network. "We're not surprised the combination of Nathan and Doug quickly attracted such high-caliber and notable actors as Cheyenne and Ken."
Two-time Emmy(R) Award and Screen Actor's Guild Award winner Nathan Lane will star as Jasper, an unlucky actor whose Broadway aspirations must be put on hold when his father's health takes a turn for worse, forcing him to return to his Texas hometown. Cheyenne Jackson will play Tim, a handsome doctor who befriends Jasper in his Texas hometown. Ken Jenkins will star as Jasper's father Burl, who lives by himself and drinks heavily as his health is fading. Academy-Award nominee Douglas McGrath will write, direct and executive produce the pilot from Universal Cable Prods.
USA recently greenlit another comedy pilot, PAGING DR. FREED, a half-hour about two brothers who take over the reins of their father's medical practice after his untimely death. From Fox 21 and Universal Cable Prods., Michael Feldman ("That's So Raven") will write and executive produce with Katy McCaffrey and Brad Johnson serving as producers.
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