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Alan Cumming cooking up dark comedy Florent at Showtime

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Alan Cumming and Showtime are looking to serve up a dark comedy about the colorful New York restaurateur Florent Morellet.

EW has confirmed that the premium cable network is developing Florent, a half-hour series that would star Cumming as the charismatic Frenchman whose eponymous bistro helped revitalize Manhattan’s meatpacking district and became a locus for gay-rights and AIDS activism in the 1980s.

Patricia Resnick (Olivia, Mad Men) is penning the script, with Rosemary Rodriguez (The Good Wife) directing. The pair will also serve as executive producers with Jonathan Baruch and Howard Braunstein. Michael Tive and David Sigal are on board as co-producers, and Cumming would serve as producer.

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The project, which was previously set up at SundanceTV, has the blessing of Morellet, who is on board to advise.

If Florent moves forward, Cumming would star in second position to his role on CBS’ The Good Wife.

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