Leguizamo's Life Inspires TV Comedy Series

News   Leguizamo's Life Inspires TV Comedy Series A new comedy series inspired by the life of actor John Leguizamo — most recently on Broadway in his one-man show Sexaholix — will be created for FOX-TV.
John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo

The Hollywood Reporter says that Leguizamo will team with writer Peter Murrieta for the untitled project, which will be similar to the classic fifties sitcom "Make Room for Daddy." The series will explore Leguizamo's life as a family man and as a performer. Leguizamo will star in the show, and he and Murrieta will serve as executive producers.

The project is being produced by 3 Arts Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV.

The Colombian chameleon, who first caught the eyes of the theatre world with his one-man show Mambo Mouth, returned to Broadway with a limited engagement of his Tony-nominated show Sexaholix. The work, nominated for the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, played on stages across the country and was taped HBO. The HBO version garnered Leguizamo an Emmy Award.

The actor received a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance for Spic O-Rama. His stage work, Freak: A Semi Demi Quasi Pseudo Autobiography, garnered him a Tony nomination. Also a film star, he appeared as Toulouse Lautrec in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge"; in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" in drag as Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez; and in Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" as a Virgin Mary-gun toting Tybalt. His biggest role came in the 1999 Spike Lee film "The Summer of Sam." Leguizamo also starred in the HBO drama "Undefeated," which he also directed, and will soon be seen in "Assault on Precinct 13."