A pair of cable projects have landed high-profile lead actors, with Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh headlining TNT's "Truth in Advertising" and Joseph Fiennes starring in Ryan Murphy's transgender drama at FX.
McCormack, an Emmy winner for "Will & Grace," and Cavanagh ("Ed," "Love Monkey") will play executives at a big ad agency in Chicago, the showbiz trade papers report. McCormack's character has just been promoted to creative director, while Cavanagh will play his close friend, a copywriter at the agency.
The pilot will be McCormack's first series project since "Will & Grace" ended its eight-season run on NBC in 2006. He also stars in A&E's miniseries "The Andromeda Strain," due next year, and executive produced the Lifetime comedy "Lovespring International" last year.
Cavanagh, who's also had a recurring part on NBC's "Scrubs," is currently at work on a Lifetime Movie Network miniseries called "Desperate: The Search for the Green River Killer."
At FX, meanwhile, Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love," "The Great Raid") will star in "Nip/Tuck" creator Murphy's drama about a married doctor named Bob who makes the decision to become a woman. The show, formerly titled "4 Oz.," will follow his transformation. Fiennes previously worked with Murphy on the feature "Running with Scissors."
Blythe Danner ("Huff," "Meet the Fockers") will play Bob's mother and Robert Wagner ("Hart to Hart") his father, with whom he shares a medical practice.