Nathan Lane To Star In USA Comedy Pilot

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USA Network has secured Nathan Lane to star in its upcoming comedy pilot about an unlucky actor who puts his Broadway ambitions on hold to return to his Texas hometown and care for his ailing father.

Lane had already signed on to executive-produce the project from Douglas McGrath when USA gave it a cast-contingent greenlight in September. Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) and Ken Jenkins (Scrubs) will also star in the single-camera comedy.

The untitled Douglas McGrath project is one of two comedy pilots recently greenlit by the NBCUniveral-owned cable network as it looks to expand its programming to half-hours. The other is Paging Dr. Fred about two brothers who take over their father's medical practice.

USA is eyeing 2012 or 2013 launches for the series in preparation for when its off-network Modern Family debuts in fall 2013.