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Published: Wed, December 5, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Michael Richards signed to sitcom pilot

NEW YORK

TV Land says it has cast “Seinfeld” star Michael Richards in a pilot for a prospective new sitcom.

The series, “Giant Baby,” also would feature fellow “Cheers” alums Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman.

TV Land said Tuesday the pilot will be taped next week.

“Giant Baby” focuses on Broadway star Maddie Banks, played by Alley. Richards plays her limo driver, and Perlman plays her assistant.

This would be Richards’ first regular series role since his short-lived NBC sitcom aired in 2000. Before that, he played Jerry Seinfeld’s kookie neighbor Cosmo Kramer on the wildly popular “Seinfeld” series.

In the meantime, Richards performed as a standup comedian. He lost his temper while being heckled at a club in 2006 and was caught on tape shouting the N-word. He later apologized.

‘Walking Dead’ tops fall TV ratings

NEW YORK

Those zombies in “The Walking Dead” already have terrorized the good people of Atlanta. Now they’re gobbling down the ratings record books, too.

AMC’s zombie smash has become the first cable series to win the fall TV ratings in the key demographic of adults age 18 to 49, according to Nielsen.

That includes established network series such as “Modern Family,” “The Voice” and “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as the new fall shows such as “Elementary” and “Revolution.”

Vindicator wire services


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