The actress, who played the adorably motormouthed Lorelai Gilmore on the CW series from 2000 to 2007, has signed a seven-figure development deal with NBC.
The network will develop a series tailor made for Graham who has, according to Variety, "been in demand at several nets and studios in part because of her perceived ability to topline either a comedy or drama project." NBC is already at work locating writing talent to pair with Graham as the development season ramps up.
Before headlining Gilmore Girls on the WB (and later CW), Graham had guest starred on a number of notable NBC comedies, including Seinfeld, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Caroline in the City, and NewsRadio, before starring in a number of doomed series (i.e., MYOB, Townies, Conrad Bloom, etc.), so she is no stranger to the Peacock.
Considering several studios and networks were fighting over the lovely Graham, she said she was attracted to newly installed NBC president Ben Silverman's vision for the network. "Also, after having spent so many years representing the frog on the WB," said Graham, "I am especially comforted to be part of the only other network with an animal mascot." (Always the kidder.)
The move marks Silverman's first major talent deal since he joined the network in June. Let's hope that Graham finds a series that makes full use of her considerable talents and ability to wedge several dozen pop culture references into a single breath.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.