Eric McCormack Set As Male Lead In Fox Pilot ‘Studio City’

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Eric McCormack has lined up his first post-Perception job.

The former Will & Grace star has signed on to play the male lead in Fox’s dramedy pilot Studio City, which has been described as being in a similar vein to the Showtime series Shameless, TVWise has learned

Inspired by Krista Vernoff’s real life, Studio City tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom as she comes of age living with her songwriter father — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. The project, which is set up at Warner Bros Television, is being directed by Sanaa Hamri and counts John Wells amongst its executive producers.

Eric McCormack will play Rob, a drug dealer to the stars who is the father of the lead character, a young singer on her way to becoming a star. Warner Bros Television and Fox are still casting the role of his daughter, with production on the pilot eyed to begin next month.

Studio City marks Eric McCormack’s first broadcast television project as a series regular since Will & Grace wrapped its run on NBC in 2006. McCormack, who fielded several offers this pilot season, suddenly became available after TNT dropped the ax on Perception late last year.