'Zip' seals another Weber-NBC deal

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Steven Weber is returning to NBC and the half-hour format as the star of the network's single-camera comedy pilot "Zip."

The casting of Weber lifts the contingency on the project, from Universal Media Studios, Reveille and Catapult.

Written by Mark Rizzo and Catapult's Michael Benson and Marc Abrams, "Zip" centers on Trip Stringer (Weber), a guy with no money living in Beverly Hills who, with the help of his Latino partner, Hugo, and a colorful cast of accomplices concocts one scheme after another in the hopes of making it big and securing the glamorous Beverly Hills lifestyle for his three children.

Richard Shepard is set to direct the pilot, which is executive produced by Benson and Abrams. Rizzo serves as co-exec producer.

This is the second incarnation of "Zip," which originally was ordered as a pilot by NBC last year. That pilot, written by Benson, Abrams and Rizzo, directed by Dan Attias and starring Rob Huebel, didn't make the cut in May, but when Reveille's Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg took the reins of the network in June, they put the project back in development.

Rizzo, Abrams and Benson penned a new script, which got a cast-contingent green light in September (HR 9/26).

In addition to his starring role on "Zip," Weber is recurring on ABC's drama "Brothers & Sisters" this season as a love interest to Sarah (Rachel Griffiths).

Weber is coming off his praised performance as corporate executive Jack Rudolph on Aaron Sorkin's NBC drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" last season. He has a long history with NBC in the half-hour comedy arena going back to his starring role on "Wings." He also starred on the network's sitcom "Cursed" and did an arc on "Will & Grace."

Weber is repped by UTA, manager Danny Sussman at Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney William Sobel.
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