The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

By Tanner Stransky
October 01, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

+ ”I was really jonesing to get back,” says Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker, who’ll tread the boards next February in the Off Broadway show Dead Man’s Cell Phone, her first play since 2004’s Reckless. She’ll play Jean, a museum worker who co-opts…a dead man’s cell phone and ”tries to appease his family and friends,” says Parker. ”She has completely good intentions [and] follows a very stringent moral code.” In other words, she’s the anti-Nancy Botwin.

+ Emmy winner Ricky Gervais (Extras) is set to helm and star in This Side of the Truth, a comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied. Naturally, his character tells the first lie.

+ HBO just ordered six episodes of the dark comedy East Bound and Down, about a washed-up baseball star-turned-gym teacher, Kenny Powers (Danny McBride). ”He’s a fantastic antihero,” says exec producer Chris Henchy. ”You still want to root for him, despite what comes out of his mouth.”