, best known for her starring role on Gilmore Girls
, has just signed a contract with NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios for a one-year exclusive talent and development deal.
The deal, which was announced by NBC Co-Chairman Ben Silverman and Casting Executive Vice President Marc Hirschfeld on September 18, is reportedly worth seven figures and calls for the network and its sibling studio to create a series project for the 40-year-old actress.
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"Lauren Graham is a fantastic actress and brilliant comedic voice. She's so respected in the industry and is a huge get for us. She's sure to be one of our next big NBC stars and we couldn't be more thrilled to be working with her," Silverman said.
"I cast Lauren on NewsRadio, 3rd Rock from the Sun
early on in her career," Hirschfeld added. "I've been pursuing her aggressively for the past several years after her outstanding work on Gilmore Girls
. She truly is a gifted television comedy star and we are thrilled to have her back on NBC."
Graham, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been nominated by several award-giving bodies most notably for portraying Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls
, which aired from 2000 to 2007. She has also served as the producer on the series and has created shows with her production banner, Good Game Productions. On the big screen, she has been featured in Bad Santa, Because I Said So
and her most recent movie, Evan Almighty
, in which she starred opposite Steve Carell
As for her sentiments on the new venture, Graham is pleased and thrilled to be working with the network.
"I'm thrilled and flattered to be working with NBC. I am impressed by Ben Silverman's taste and vision for the network, and grateful to have had Marc Hirschfeld's support over the years. Also, after having spent so many years representing the frog on The WB, I am especially comforted to be part of the only other network with an animal mascot," Graham said.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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