Queen Latifah, Minnie Driver sign TV deals. The rapper/actress will play mystery-novel heroine Mali Anderson for CBS, while the ''Good Will Hunting'' actress will have her own show on NBC
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More and more, the flow of actors between the big and small screens runs both ways. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Queen Latifah, who is in three upcoming movies, plans to return to series TV as detective Mali Anderson on CBS next year. And Oscar-nominated Minnie Driver signed a deal to star in a series next year for NBC, the Associated Press reports.

Queen Latifah, whose upcoming films include ”Brown Sugar,” ”Chicago,” and ”In the Houze,” will play Harlem-based private eye Mali Anderson, the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by Grace F. Edwards. It’ll be the rapper’s first regular TV acting gig since her sitcom ”Living Single” left the air in 1998 after five years.

Driver, who also got her start on TV (in England) before breaking through in movies in 1995’s ”Circle of Friends,” will star in an NBC series that may be a comedy or a drama. Maybe it’s a good time, since she hasn’t been in a hit movie since her Academy Award-nominated performance in 1997’s ”Good Will Hunting.” Nonetheless, NBC entertainment chief Jeff Zucker said in a statement, ”Her crossover appeal, marquee value and winning personality make her a natural to star in her own NBC series.”

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