Josh Lucas by Theo Wargo/ WireImage.com Josh Lucas by Theo Wargo/ WireImage.com

A spoonful of sugar sure does make the medicine go down.

Josh Lucas ( Sweet Home Alabama) has been signed to star in the new Tim Robbins project Possible Side Effects. The Showtime drama, which will be shot in New York, revolves around three brothers with a family-run pharmaceutical company.

Robbins, who will serve as writer, director and executive producer of the show, "will not be appearing in the pilot," according to a Showtime press release. Which begs the question: Will Susan Sarandon's main squeeze be adding "actor" to his list of Side Effects credits? Nina Hämmerling Smith