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Has Matthew Broderick been taking career advice from wife Sarah Jessica Parker? The actor, who's never starred in a TV series, will soon be shooting a new sitcom pilot for NBC called Beach Lane. Broderick, 47, will play a famous writer hired by "an irresponsible millionaire" to run a small-town newspaper in the Hamptons, the posh Long Island vacation spot.
The shift to TV is a surprising one for Broderick, who has avoided television almost entirely in his career (with the exception of the occasional made-for-TV movie, like ABC's 2003 remake of The Music Man, in which he starred opposite Kristin Chenoweth). After 1986's Ferris Bueller's Day Off made him a star, Broderick was selective about follow-up movie roles, often opting to commit to Broadway productions instead (he narrowly lost out on a 2001 Tony award for playing the Gene Wilder role in Mel Brooks' The Producers when costar Nathan Lane took the prize!).
In 2008, Broderick dipped his toe into sitcom waters for the first time, playing a disgruntled federal official on NBC's 30 Rock -- and he was funny enough to steal scenes from Alec Baldwin (no small feat!).
Broderick's wife's career, of course, is indebted to the half-hour comedy format. Sarah Jessica Parker's first big break was in the 1982 CBS sitcom Square Pegs, and 16 years later, a little HBO comedy-drama called Sex and the City made her an icon. Can you blame us for wondering if she nudged Broderick toward discovering the joys of TV stardom? Come to think of it, the premise of Beach Lane does share a few things in common with Sex and the City: the main character is a writer who pals around with millionaires and chronicles the lives of New Yorkers... now, if only Carrie Bradshaw would drop by for a cameo!
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