NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–ABC is developing a murder-mystery detective series featuring homosexual partners in the lead roles, a series considered to be a version of the 1980s hit show “Hart to Hart.”
“Mr. and Mr. Nash,” starring actor-director-screenwriter Alan Cumming in one of the title roles, will feature a homosexual couple living in San Francisco who operate an interior design business and stumble upon a new mystery each week, according to planetout.com, a website for homosexuals.
CNN.com and Entertainment Weekly also reported that the new series is being developed by actor Steve Martin’s production company, along with Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, the production team behind “The Cosby Show,” “Rosanne,” “Dynasty” and most recently, “That ’70s Show.”
“I am proud to be a part of ‘Mr. and Mr. Nash,’ especially the part where it’s a big hit,” said Martin, who was recently tapped to host the 2003 Academy Awards on ABC.
Producers will soon launch a casting call to find a partner for Cumming’s character. With the pilot set for shooting in the spring, the show may air in the fall of 2003.
“This is a murder mystery show, and these guys are going to be smart and will hopefully be doing some stereotype-busting,” Scott Seomin, entertainment media director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in the planetout.com report. “Stereotypes are based in truth and humor. We as a community can laugh at ourselves and others better than any other minority.”
Calls by Baptist Press to several Disney offices found a stated lack of familiarity with news reports about the show.