Looks like these Main Stem favorites are moving to Hollywood, for now at least. Tony winners Jane Krakowski and Harriet Harris are to star in upcoming pilots. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Krakowski will headline FOX's comedy Dead Boss. Meanwhile Deadline reports that Harris will star opposite Tony winner Christian Borle in NBC’s Lifesaver.
Dead Boss is based on the U.K. TV series and Krakowski will play Helen Stephens, a career-obsessed woman who is convicted of murdering her boss. Innocent, Helen is surprised by the guilty verdict and hopes the situation will be sorted out swiftly. Krakowski won a Tony Award for playing Carla in the Broadway revival of Nine and an Olivier Award for playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in London. A Tony nominee for Grand Hotel, she has also appeared on Broadway in Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe and Starlight Express and starred in the 2008 Encores! summer production of Damn Yankees.
Harris will play Borle’s mother, Liz Parmenter. Penned by Wil Calhoun, Lifesaver is an odd couple comedy that centers around two polar opposites. Borle will play Dr. Graham Permenter, a control freak whose life becomes inextricably linked with the maverick Leon, played by Jonathan Ryland, after Leon donates a kidney to him. Harris won the Tony for her performance as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her other Broadway credits include Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry-Baby and The Man Who Came to Dinner.