Matthew Perry developing pilot for Showtime

Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:53am EDT

Matthew Perry smiles at the panel for the NBC television series ''Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'' at the Television Critics Association summer 2006 media tour in Pasadena, California July 21, 2006. The series premieres fall of 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Matthew Perry smiles at the panel for the NBC television series ''Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'' at the Television Critics Association summer 2006 media tour in Pasadena, California July 21, 2006. The series premieres fall of 2006.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "Friends" star Matthew Perry will play a talk show host in "The End of Steve," a dark comedy he is developing at Showtime.

The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for the project, which Perry is writing and executive producing with Peter Tolan, the co-creator and executive producer of the FX drama "Rescue Me."

Perry's title character is an egomaniac who is on a reluctant path to redemption.

"This role will show fans that he can be not only funny but also reach to some dark places," said Zack Van Amburg, co-president at Sony Pictures Television, which is producing the pilot for Showtime. "It will be a departure from the way America thinks of Matthew. This is the beginning of a really exciting journey."

Perry is best known for playing the self-effacing wit Chandler Bing on "Friends." His last series regular role was on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" during the 2006-07 season.

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