After his hot turn in heels in The Birdcage, Nathan Lane is heading toward sitcom stardom, or so he and his new producers hope. Though no "situation" has been set yet, the brain trust that created Frasier is betting its funny bone on Lane's appeal.

The Frasier folks, David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee, and Paramount Network TV have put together a package that has reportedly piqued the interest of several networks, according to Daily Variety.

Just which networks are interested? Well, no one has signed the Lane sitcom yet, but based on the producers' success with NBC, it's a good bet that the Frasier phone is still answered promptly at the Peacock.

In any case, the network that picks up the show is expected to commit to several episodes, especially since Paramount has guaranteed Lane a bulk purchase. The series will launch in 1998.

Lane better hope the new show fares better than his last foray into television. Back in 1982, Lane starred in the NBC sitcom One of the Boys, which barely survived one season, in spite of a cast that also included Mickey Rooney, Meg Ryan and Dana Carvey.

In addition to small-screen employment next season, Lane has also reportedly received a film commitment from Paramount Pictures as part of the deal.

Besides his role in The Birdcage and voicing Timon in The Lion King, Lane is also known for his work on Broadway. He won a Tony Award for his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and was nominated for the revival of Guys and Dolls. His latest film, DreamWorks' Mouse Hunt, hit screens December 26

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