Latifah, Minnie Driver Go the TV Route
09/27/2002 AT 11:00 AM EDT
First, Latifah: The Hollywood Reporter says that rap's first lady, 32, has signed a deal with CBS to develop and star in "Mali Anderson," a drama series based on Grace F. Edwards' popular "Mali Anderson Mystery" books about a Harlem-based private investigator. Anderson also takes care of her orphaned nephew. Latifah (real name: Dana Owens) will also be executive producing.
No series premiere date has been announced.
As for Driver, also 32, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker announced Thursday that the London-born actress will appear in a series for the 2003-2004 season, though it had yet to be determined whether it will be a comedy or a drama.
A network spokesman tells the Associated Press that the Driver deal was simply for her to star in a show and did not extend into production or development of other series beyond her own.