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Paul Reiser May Return to NBC With New Pilot

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:00PM
In what may be a crippling blow to future episodes of VH1's 'Where Are They Now?' series, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that one-time television star Paul Reiser is not only alive and well but still working in the industry. The proof? A possible new series from NBC.

Yes, it's true: Resier, who fifteen years ago was headlining one of the top shows on television, is finally back, this time with a subject close to his heart: himself. According to the article, the untitled pilot, which Reiser will write and star in, is similar in tone and concept to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and will explore the quirks of Reiser's real-life family.In what may be a crippling blow to future episodes of VH1's 'Where Are They Now?' series, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that one-time television star Paul Reiser is not only alive and well but still working in the industry. The proof? A possible new series from NBC.

Yes, it's true: Resier, who fifteen years ago was headlining one of the top shows on television, is finally back, this time with a subject close to his heart: himself. According to the article, the untitled pilot, which Reiser will write and star in, is similar in tone and concept to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and will explore the quirks of Reiser's real-life family.

Like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Larry David, who famously co-created 'Seinfeld,' Resier also is credited with the creation of a hit series, 'Mad About You,' which he also starred in. During the '90s, when 'Mad About You' and 'Seinfeld' were part of NBC's dominant Thursday night programming block, Reiser and co-star Helen Hunt were in high demand for both movie and television roles.

But while Hunt went on to a successful post-'Mad' film career, Reiser inexplicably vanished form the airwaves, appearing in just a handful of specials since the series left the air in 1999. And though he has been more active behind the scenes, working as a writer and producer, most of his efforts haven't made it to the screen, a somewhat surprising fate for a star who once commanded $1 million per episode.

Still, with that kind of bank, Reiser could choose to be picky about his projects, which may explain why he has held out for a series where he retains some creative control; though Reiser will be joined as co-producer by Jonathan Shapiro ('Life'), there's no question that Reiser is the driving force behind the project.

Now the question is, does NBC believe TV fans will still be mad about Reiser after all these years? Or will they pass on the project -- and open the door for VH1 to come calling after all?

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