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Chevy Chase thinks he’s ready for prime time

December 12, 2000


— "Saturday Night Live" alum Chevy Chase is eyeing a return to the small screen. Chase has teamed with "Murphy Brown" producers Bill Diamond and Rob Bragin to develop a comedy in the vein of "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This is the first primetime project for Chase, who, along with the two producers, are working on the script, which should be in place by the end of the year. Artists Television Group, where Diamond and Bragin have overall deals, will then start shopping the project to networks.

In addition to the Chase comedy, Diamond has landed the cast-contingent comedy pilot "Easy Living" at ABC. Andy Cadiff ("Spin City") is attached to direct the ATG project about a young advertising executive with a wife and two daughters whose seemingly perfect life doesn't match his expectations.

One of "SNL's" original cast members, Chase stayed on the show only for the first season where his opening line on "Weekend Update" "Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not" became an instant classic. Chase left the show, after winning two Emmys, for a film career. His feature credits include "Foul Play," "Caddyshack," "Fletch" and the "National Lampoon's Vacation" series. In 1993, Chase returned to late-night television with the short-lived Fox talk show "The Chevy Chase Show."

'Malcolm' in the movies

"Malcolm In the Middle" is headed for the big screen. Like its fellow Sunday night Fox series, "Malcolm" is being developed for the big screen, according to Variety.

The sophomore comedy follows a middle-class family of four squabbling brothers and their exasperated parents as seen through the eyes of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a teen-ager with an unusually high I.Q. who just tries to get through the day without being too embarrassed by his family.

Series creator Linwood Boomer will produce the film for New Regency Prods. and 20th Century Fox. Boomer will also write the screenplay, along with sitcom writers Jill Condon and Amy Toomin ("Friends").

This year, "Malcolm" was awarded with two Emmys Boomer received one for writing and co-executive producer Todd Holland won an award for directing.

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