Tim Meadows: Ready for Primetime

SNL Studios has closed a deal to develop a primetime television show for NBC with veteran "Saturday Night Live" cast member Tim Meadows, announced Lorne Michaels, SNL Studios Chairman.

Michaels stated: "I can't think of anyone I'd rather work with than Tim Meadows. I'm very pleased."

NBC West Coast President Scott Sassa added, "Tim's partnership with Lorne has been successful with 'SNL' on TV and the upcoming 'Ladies Man' feature with Paramount. This is the logical next step in this relationship."

Meadows began his ninth season this year as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," making him one of the longest running cast members in the show's 25-year history, alongside Kevin Nealon and Phil Hartman. Meadows joined the cast of "SNL" in February 1991 and quickly established himself as a versatile comedic performer. In 1993 Meadows was nominated for an Emmy Award as part of SNL's writing team.

At "SNL" Meadows portrays many sketch characters, including the popular Leon Phelps, "The Ladies Man," and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show "Perspectives." In addition, Meadows performs many impersonations that include O.J. Simpson, Johnny Cochran, Oprah Winfrey, Ike Turner and Michael Jackson.

Meadows recently wrapped production on "The Ladies Man," bringing his popular character Leon Phelps to the big screen in an SNL Studios feature film produced by Lorne Michaels and co-written by Meadows.

SNL Studios was created to develop and produce programming for NBC in all dayparts as well as to develop and produce feature films through a partnership with Paramount Pictures. SNL Studios recently produced the top-rated primetime special "Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary" and, with Paramount, has the motion picture "Superstar" in current release.

Meadows is represented by Ray Reo at Brillstein-Grey and Jim Hess at Paradigm.

Source: NBC Press Release

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