Hamish Linklater to Star in New TV Series by Jeffrey Playwright

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Broadway actor Hamish Linklater has been tapped to star in the comedy pilot "I Shudder," by Paul Rudnick, playwright of Off-Broadway favorite Jeffrey. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new TV Land show is a dark comedy centered on eccentric character Elyot Vionnet, played by Linklater.

"I Shudder" marks Rudnick's television writing debut. His stage credits also include Poor Little Lambs as well as the Broadway production, I Hate Hamlet. The new series is reported to be about a man who takes it upon himself to counsel strangers from afar who are lacking in etiquette. When his case studies are not able to improve their lack of common decency, they are met with dire consequences. "This pilot is a unique dark dramedy, and is truly outside the box for TV Land," Keith Cox, executive vp development and original programming at TV Land, told the Reporter.

Linklater and Rudnick previously worked together on Rudnick's play The Gay Agenda as part of the collection of short plays, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays in Los Angeles.

Linklater is currently in rehearsals for Shakespeare in the Park's production of Cymbeline, which begins previews July 23 with an official opening night slated for Aug. 10 at the Delacorte Theatre. Last seen on Broadway in Seminar he has  TV credits that include The Newsroom and The Crazy Ones, as well as a principal role in Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight."

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