Studios have displayed an increasing reluctance to call upon the droning, nasal direction of Penny Marshall, who hasn't helmed a feature since 2001's Riding in Cars with Boys. (Her Kazakh tween terror project was, unfortunately, yet another reality-blurring concoction of the Entourage writers' room.) Marshall knows the adapt-or-perish Hollywood drill, however, as TVWeek.com reports that she is returning to familiar territory—and giving it a contemporary, semi-improvised spin—for her next project, throwing employment-challenged former Laverny & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams a bone while she's at it:
[TV Land]'s president, Larry Jones, said he is developing a loosely scripted show featuring the real Laverne & Shirley, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. As themselves.
He said a pilot, with the duo living together at Penny's house, is scheduled to shoot next month. It would pair the actresses in a series for the first time since collaborating on the long-running sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley."
Hopefully the pair have moved beyond their well-publicized, dressing-room-measuring differences of the past, and are ready to share equal billing once again on the pilot, which nicely sets up future episodes in which the DeFazio Halfway House for L&S Regulars Time Forgot opens its doors to any and all former co-stars eager to reconjure some of that mid-century Shotz Brewery magic in exchange for a modest, nourishing paycheck and another shot at America's hearts.
- Mel's Diner: Larry Jones [blogs.tvweek.com]