Former “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus will play the title role in a new CBS sitcom “Old Christine,” which is on the network’s midseason roster.
Louis-Dreyfus will play a divorced mother and owner of a women’s 30-minute-workout gym who must contend with her ex-husband’s new young girlfriend, also named Christine, CBS said Friday.
Louis-Dreyfus, 44, won an Emmy for her role as Elaine Benes on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” which ran from 1990-1998. She had a short-lived sitcom, “Watching Ellie,” in 2002, and appeared in a recurring guest role this past season on “Arrested Development.”
Mullally gets talker
Megan Mullally, one of the stars of “Will & Grace,” has been signed by NBC Universal Television Distribution to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
The daily one-hour show, which will originate from Los Angeles, is set for a fall 2006 debut. The coming season of “Will & Grace,” its eighth, will likely be its last.
“Megan is a fantastic performer. A great actor and a great communicator, as all of her fans know,” said Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Universal Television Group. “Those skills will make her a great new addition to the daytime playing field.”
Mullally, 46, has been nominated for an Emmy for each of the past five years for her role as Karen on NBC’s “Will & Grace” and won in 2000.
Spacey gets real
Kevin Spacey has played Bobby Darin and one of “The Usual Suspects.” Now the actor-director will take on the role of mentor to showbiz interns in “Going Hollywood,” a new eight-part TLC reality series.
The series, slated to premiere this fall, promises to go beyond the velvet rope and document the business of being an A-list celebrity.
“The Hollywood featured in ‘Going Hollywood’ is a place few have seen, and is a refreshing take on what we all believe constitutes ‘celebrity,’ ” said David Abraham, TLC executive vice president and general manager.
Spacey will be joined by producer Robert Evans and rapper-actor Method Man.
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