Cheri Oteri by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
Could this be off the shelf? Even though TV Guide had heard the J.J. Abrams/Cheri Oteri half-hour comedy was shelved a few weeks ago, Oteri tells TV Guide she's back working with Abrams on the project.
alum Oteri spoke to TV Guide on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the premiere of her indie film
(which also stars
Dirty Sexy Money
's William Baldwin, and Ricki Lake). Abrams, currently at work on the latest
feature film, is best known for
What About Brian
, all of which displayed some comedic elements, but he has yet to produce a half-hour comedy. Abrams did, however, direct an episode of NBC's
"I met him years ago," Oteri says of Abrams. "He said, 'I've always wanted to do a comedy and I only want to do it with you.'"
According to Oteri, the project is slated for 2008. "Working with him is just a dream come true," she says. As for dream cast mates, Oteri's leaving that to Abrams. "He's got such great instincts that I'm going to trust him on that."
- Reporting by Bekah Wright