Courteney Cox is headed back to the small screen, as FX has given the green light to a show that she stars in and helped bring to life.
The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of "Dirt," which stars the former "Friend" as the editor of a duo of celebrity-obsessed magazines. The show is scheduled to go into production in August and will likely debut in early 2007.
The show, which Cox and husband David Arquette will executive produce, was one of two drama pilots FX was considering for its next round of original shows. The network has yet to make a decision on "Lowlife," a show about married con artists starring Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.
Matthew Carnahan, a writer and producer on "Thieves" and "Fastlane," created "Dirt" and will serve as its showrunner.
"From the beginning we were excited about the world that Matthew and Courteney envisioned, and we couldn't be more thrilled to move 'Dirt' into series production," says Nick Grad, head of original programming for FX.
Cox will play Lucy Spiller, editor in chief of two high-circulation tabloids. The show's cast also includes Laura Allen ("The 4400") as an actress on the rise, Ian Hart ("Finding Neverland") as a photographer and Josh Stewart ("Third Watch") as an actor badly in need of a hit.
"Dirt" will be Cox's first TV role since "Friends." She co-stars in the feature film "Alpha Dog," which premiered at Sundance this year, and in the superhero comedy "Zoom" opposite Tim Allen.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times