Cher is making a return to TV after inking a development deal with cable channel Logo.
Executives at the channel, which is aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) audience, announced the deal during the network’s Television Critics Association presentation on Saturday, revealing the singer is working on a top-secret project.
Logo Senior Vice President Brent Zacky remained tight-lipped over whether Cher will star in the new show, but indicated she is collaborating with comedy writer Ron Zimmerman on a pilot script set in early 1960’s Hollywood.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We read some of the stuff that Cher and Ron (Zimmerman) had written and it was really terrific. We came up with an idea set in Hollywood in the early ’60s and we’re very excited to see how we get through the process. The deal is brand-new and we’re just getting started on the project.”
The singer/actress was a television fixture in the 1970’s, most notably as half of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with then-husband Sonny Bono.
The feud between the Kings Of Leon and Glee creator Ryan Murphy has flared up again after the TV boss branded the rockers “self-centered” for passing up the chance to showcase their songs on the hit show.
The band declined producers’ request to feature their hit Use Somebody in the series, about a group of singing high school students, and Murphy admits he’s still sore about the snub.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, “F**k you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered a**holes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a seven-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument.
“It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”
Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has since responded to the rant, insisting the Glee war has spiralled out of control.
He says, “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting (the song Use Somebody).
“This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”