Scoundrels’ Butz Lands CBS Sitcom Deal

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It’s been a banner year for Norbert Leo Butz.
Norbert Leo Butz
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The actor won his first Tony Award in June for his performance as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Imperial Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter now says that the actor has signed a developmental deal for a CBS sitcom. The deal — with Paramount Network Television and Joe Roth Television — will allow Butz to topline a situation comedy for the eye network. Meetings are currently underway with potential writers for the new series.

Producer Roth told the industry paper, "I believe [Norbert’s] got something really special and will become a big television star. He's got charm and (knack for) physical comedy like Jack Black, and he looks like a regular guy."

For his role as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Norbert Leo Butz received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire and Drama League awards. He made his Broadway debut as Roger in Jonathan Larson's Rent, earned a Tony nomination for his work in the short-lived musical Thou Shalt Not and starred as Fiyero in the original Broadway cast of Wicked. Butz also appeared Off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and portrayed the Emcee in the national tour of Cabaret.

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