04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT
Chris Noth, who plays Sarah Jessica Parker's on-again-off-again squeeze Mr. Big on HBO's "Sex and the City," is getting even bigger job opportunities. Variety reports that the actor has closed a deal with HBO (which, like PEOPLE, is owned by Time Warner) to star in his own weekly series. The show will either be specially created for him, or he will step into the leading role of a series that the pay cable network already has in development. Meanwhile, this week's PEOPLE reports that the former "Law & Order" star (he played Det. Mike Logan) will return to "Sex and the City" sometime during the final five episodes of this season. On Sunday, the same night Vince Vaughn and Carrie Fisher pop up on that night's episode of "Sex," Noth will be opening on Broadway, in the leading role of a revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 political satire, "The Best Man." The Best Man AND Mr. Big? How can any actor live up to such nicknames?