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TV Land Orders Pilot From Fran Drescher, Natasha Leggero Signs NBC Holding Deal and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2010 11:30AM
Fran DrescherFran Drescher is already back on TV in some areas with a trial run of her new talk show, but fans around the country could be welcoming her back to primetime very soon. TV Land has ordered a pilot based on Drescher's life.

According to Deadline Hollywood, TV Land has ordered 'Happily Divorced' from Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobsen. The two previously created and wrote 'The Nanny' together.

Drescher will executive produce, co-write and possibly star in 'Happily Divorced,' a sitcom about a woman who is thrown back into the dating world when her husband comes out as gay.

TV Land has also ordered a pilot for 'Rip City,' a multi-camera office comedy from 'Lizzie McGuire' and 'Less Than Perfect' creator Terri Minsky.

In other TV news ...

Rumors of Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole headlining the American 'X Factor' are heating up. Cole has reportedly signed a deal that will bring her to American televisions and help launch her career in the States. [Daily Mail]

Natasha Leggero has signed a talent holding deal with NBC. As part of the deal, the 'Last Comic Standing' judge will either join the cast of an existing series or star in a pilot. Could she be the new Dunder Mifflin boss? [Variety]

Shonda Rhimes is turning her attention away from doctors and onto publicists. The 'Grey's Anatomy' creator is working on a new soap inspired by PR guru Judy Smith. Rhimes will write and executive produce the pilot, about a publicist and her dysfunctional staff. [Vulture]

NBC is developing a new multi-camera comedy with Peter Murrieta. The new project, about a Mexican-American hipster who gets roped into the family business, was created with 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men' co-executive producer Eddie Gorodetsky. [Deadline Hollywood]

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