'ER' Doc La Salle Lines Up Pair of Projects


Eriq La Salle hasn't had a whole lot to do with television since he left "ER" in 2002, but that's about to change.

The three-time Emmy nominee has a hand in two projects currently in development, one at CBS and one at NBC. He'll star in and executive produce a drama for the Eye called "25 to Life," and he'll stay behind the camera to produce a comedy called "The Four Next Door" for NBC, the showbiz trade papers report.

In other casting news, David Keith ("Daredevil," "An Officer and a Gentleman") has signed on to CBS' new comedy "The Class," and Oliver Hudson ("The Mountain") will star in the Eye's midseason project "The Rules of Engagement."

La Salle will play an FBI agent in "25 to Life," which focuses on agents who solve crimes with the help of convicted criminals. Marc Moss ("Along Came a Spider") is writing the script and will executive produce with La Salle and Terri Lubaroff.

"The Four Next Door" is a comedy about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who arrive on Earth 10 years before they're supposed to and have to blend in with us mortals till their time comes. La Salle will stick to producing, along with Lubaroff and writer Mark Legan ("All of Us," "Thanks").

La Salle played Dr. Peter Benton on "ER" from 1994-2002, earning three Emmy nods for the role. Since then, his only TV credit is an episode of UPN's "Twilight Zone" revival, which he also wrote and directed.

As for Keith, he's joining "The Class" as Yonk Allen, a retired football player and the (older) husband of classmate Nicole (Andrea Anders, "Joey"). He replaces Eric Allan Kramer, who played the part in the show's pilot.

Hudson, meanwhile, is replacing another "Joey" alum, Paulo Costanzo, in "The Rules of Engagement," a comedy about a married couple, an engaged couple and their single-guy friend. Hudson will play one half of the engaged couple opposite an actress to be named later; Kathleen Rose Perkins played the role in the first pilot but has left the show.

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