'Gilmore Girls' Star To Lead ABC Comedy
'Gilmore Girls' Star To Lead ABC Comedy
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Lauren Graham is on her way back to primetime TV. The Gilmore Girls actress has signed a deal with ABC to star in and produce a new half-hour comedy from Will & Grace writer Alex Herschlag.  According to Variety, Graham will be playing a a self-help guru who teaches women how to live a stress-free life, but struggles to follow her own advice when her boyfriend dumps her.

ABC has already given a production commitment to the new comedy with Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) as producers. Graham will serve as producer on the project as well.

The untitled series marks Graham's first TV project since Gilmore Girls ended its seven-season run on The CW in May 2007.  For her portrayal of Lorelai Gilmore on the dramedy, Graham earned several accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

Graham has been heavily sought after since leaving Gilmore Girls, even signing a talent deal with NBC in September of last year.  However, nothing has come of the deal.  After Gilmore Girls, she starred in the comedy film Evan Almighty opposite The Office's Steve Carell and was in the dramedy Birds of America.  She also appeared in Marc Abraham's Flash of Genius as the character Phyllis Kearns and is currently working on the indie film Arlen Faber, which will be part of the 2009 Sundance festival.

For those who can't wait to see Graham on the small screen, she can be seen next spring when she takes on Guys and Dolls on Broadway.  The musical, which also features Oliver Platt, Craig Bierko and Kate Jennings Grant, is scheduled to open on March 1, 2009 at the Nederlander Theatre with previews beginning on February 3.


-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Variety
(Image courtesy of The CW)

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