New TV series from Rupert Everett, Will & Grace creators delayed
Syndicated columnist Romeo San Vicente reports that Rupert Everett's new sitcom, Mr. Ambassador, has been pushed back by NBC from fall 2002 to mid season. Sources say that Everett isn't entirely satisfied with the show's premise and that he is still looking for writers who can fix things to his liking. There exists the possibility that the show's concept--a British diplomat based in Washington, D.C.--may be overhauled completely by the time the show airs. NBC has committed to producing 13 episodes of the series.
Also going back to the drawing board at NBC is an untitled sitcom from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The series was originally about three couples, two straight and one gay, but now it's a backstage comedy about a downtrodden TV producer who takes over a failing morning news show. While the lead character on this new show--which also has a 13-episode commitment from the network--will not be gay, sources did not rule out the possibility of gay supporting characters.