Last night, Netflix announced a new deal with Shonda Rhimes, and they’re now finalizing talks for the second series from prolific television producer Chuck Lorre, a planned 10-episode series called THE KOMINSKY METHOD, which would star Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actors, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. (Douglas also has a Primetime Emmy, for those keeping track.)
In the Lorre-penned series, Douglas will play Sandy Kominsky, a Hollywood acting coach who was once a successful actor, while Arkin plays his agent and friend, Norman.
Although Arkin and Douglas have never appeared on screen together, they both appeared in The In-Laws — Arkin in the original 1979 comedy and Douglas in the 2003 remake. Arkin did appear in America’s Sweethearts in 2001, which also starred Douglas’ wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
This will be Lorre’s second television series for Netflix, following the upcoming Disjointed, starring Kathy Bates, which is set to debut next week on August 25.
Lorre became the king of the sitcoms at CBS where he created its hugely successful comedy, The Big Bang Theory, followed by the almost as successful Mom, and the former will have its first spin-off this fall with Young Sheldon.
Lorre’s new Netflix show will be produced by Warner Bros. TV and his Chuck Lorre Productions with Lorre and Douglas exec. producing. Douglas previously came onto the project when it was in development at the studio.
Like Lorre’s other Netflix show and the streaming network’s already-popular Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Kominsky Method will try to target older television watchers to the network, who might already watch Lorre’s shows on CBS.
It would also be Douglas’ first major television series role since The Streets of San Francisco, all the way back in 1972. Arkin has done more TV work over his career, but most recently was in 2002 with 100 Centre Street on A&E.
Deadline initially reported on this news.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor