Two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane may be back on the small screen next season. CBS, Variety reports, has ordered six episodes of the new Lane sitcom "Life of the Party" as a midseason replacement. Written and produced by Jeffrey Richman of "Frasier" fame, "Life of the Party" casts Lane as an actor turned congressman. "Enemy of the State" actress Regina King co-stars in the comedy, which marks Lane's first TV series since his ill-fated NBC outing, "Encore Encore."
Lane recently left his Tony-winning role as Max Bialystock in the New York production of Mel Brooks' The Producers. He also won a Tony Award for his work in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his other Broadway credits include Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Lane has also been featured in such films as "Addams Family Values," "Mousehunt," "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Birdcage," scoring a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the latter.
Other theatre stars who will be seen in new television series next season include Katie Finneran, Roger Bart and Alfred Molina (all on "Bram and Alice," CBS); Audra McDonald ("Mister Sterling," NBC); Donna Murphy and Anna Deveare Smith (both on "Hack," CBS); Blythe Danner ("Presidio Med," CBS); and Burke Moses ("Good Morning Miami," NBC).