Perry, Tolan start 'Steve' at Showtime


Showtime is getting into business with Matthew Perry and Peter Tolan with "The End of Steve," a dark comedy the duo is writing and executive producing.

The pay cable network has given a pilot commitment with a substantial penalty to the half-hour project, from Sony Pictures TV. Perry will star as the title character, an egomaniacal local talk-show host on a reluctant path to redemption.

The project marks Showtime's first collaboration with Perry and Tolan as well as Perry's first project with Sony. Tolan co-created and executive produces the FX drama "Rescue Me" for Sony.

"Tolan and Perry, a twisted match made in heaven," Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said.

Said SPT co-president Jamie Erlicht, "We're not looking to reinvent TV, but this is something that's not currently on TV."

SPT co-president Zack Van Amburg added that the role is unlike any Perry has played.

"This role will show fans that he can be not only funny but also reach to some dark places," he said.

Perry and Tolan are repped by CAA. Perry is managed by Doug Chapin. (partialdiff)