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.