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Lily Tomlin to
star in new HBO comedy

Lily Tomlin to
star in new HBO comedy

Lily Tomlin will star in an hour-long comedy series for HBO, created by husband-and-wife producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason of Designing Women and Evening Shade sitcom fame.

HBO also announced Monday it has ordered a new half-hour drama from Entourage executive producer Mark Wahlberg that will star Gabriel Byrne.

The comedy, 12 Miles of BadRoad, features Tomlin as Amelia Shakespeare, head of a real estate company and matriarch of a wealthy Dallas family, HBO officials said Monday.

In the pilot Mary Kay Place plays Amelia's sister and Leslie Jordan plays a cousin. An air date has yet to be set, and HBO didn't indicate how many episodes of the show it had ordered.

Tomlin costarred in 2006's A Prairie Home Companion, the last film released by director Robert Altman before his death. The actress-comedian has appeared in TV series including The West Wing and Will &Grace.

Thomason and Bloodworth-Thomason gained attention for more than their sitcom successes: They're longtime friends of former president Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and produced Democratic convention films for Bill Clinton, including 1992's The Man FromHope.

The drama in the works for HBO is InTreatment, based on an Israeli series titled InTherapy. HBO has ordered 40 half-hour episodes, starring Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Vanity Fair) as a therapist. The pilot's cast included Embeth Davidtz, Dianne Wiest, and Blair Underwood.

In Israel the series aired five nights a week, with each episode focusing on a counseling session with one or two of the therapist's regular patients. HBO did not indicate whether its series would air the same way.

An air date for In Treatment has yet to be set, HBO officials said. (AP)

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