Producers Star Signs Deal with CBS

News   Producers Star Signs Deal with CBS Jason Alexander, who is currently starring as Max Bialystock in the L.A. production of The Producers, has signed a deal with CBS.
Jason Alexander.
Jason Alexander.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Alexander will star in an as-of-yet untitled comedy pilot for the eye network based on the life of Tony Kornheiser, the Washington Post sports columnist. Alexander will also serve as producer on the pilot, which features a script by Jeff Martin. The former "Seinfeld" star told the industry paper, "This feels really right. I think it is a good character for me to do on television. . . The characters were really well defined, and the sense of humor was well defined. The voice is so strong already, mostly because it's based on Kornheiser's writing, and that I think is a real benefit, to have the comedic voice established from the offset."

Should the pilot not be picked up, Alexander's deal also includes a developmental component.

Best known for his work on the Emmy-winning TV sitcom "Seinfeld," Jason Alexander is also a Broadway veteran. He made his Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and he also appeared in The Rink, Broadway Bound, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and The Accomplice. Alexander won a 1989 Tony Award for his work in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and he currently stars opposite Martin Short in the L.A. mounting of Mel Brooks' The Producers.