Six years removed from his infamous, racial slur-laced act at the Comedy Store, Deadline TV’s newshound Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Michael Richards has lined up a role for a TV pilot.
The comedian is set to co-star with Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman in Giant Baby, which focuses on a Broadway star (Alley) reuniting with the son (Eric Petersen) she gave up for adoption. The show is being developed for TV Land, a network whose original programming features familiar faces (e.g., Valerie Bertinelli, Donald Faison, Fran Drescher) in sitcoms. That is when it’s not running endless mini-marathons of Roseanne.
Richards fits into this game plan. He is best known, of course, for playing Cosmo Kramer for nine seasons on Seinfeld. But even before his unfortunate onstage incident, Richards’ career wasn’t white hot. His 2000 TV show, The Michael Richards Show, lasted seven episodes. He was a voice in Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie” and appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Other than that, not a heck of a lot, though his recent spot on Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” was terrific.
I guess that’s the downside of playing such an iconic goofball: It’s hard to get people to shake that image.
So, what do you think of Richards’ new gig? Has he paid his penance? Will this show go anywhere? Please comment below.