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Mother Knows Best

Harvey Fierstein will play mom on ABC sitcom. The ''Hairspray'' star will play the drag role, um, straight

Harvey Fierstein, Hairspray (Stage - 2002) | MOMMIE DEAREST Fierstein will play sitcom mom
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MOMMIE DEAREST Fierstein will play sitcom mom

Harvey Fierstein is winning raves playing an ordinary housewife in ''Hairspray'' on Broadway, so why not play one on TV as well? According to the Hollywood Reporter, he's signed a deal for an ABC pilot where he'll play a Roseanne-type mom in a blue-collar family. He'll play the role straight (if that's the right word), rather than campy. The show may make him the first man to star in a TV comedy as a woman -- or at least, the first since Milton Berle and Flip Wilson.

Producing the show will be Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the team behind the Oscar-winning ''Chicago.'' ''I am going to work with some of my favorite people to make another lifelong dream a reality,'' the actor told the Reporter. ''I can't think of a better team to create a show with the kind of heart and humor I want to bring to America. Wow. I am pumped and ready to get to work.''

Fierstein still has to complete his run in ''Hairspray'' -- his contract runs out in August -- before shooting the pilot. So don't expect to see the series until early 2004 at the soonest.

Originally posted Apr 08, 2003
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