LL Cool J Signs Seven-Figure TV Development Deal
LL Cool J has inked a seven-figure development deal with Alchemy Entertainment and the CBS network, according to a report published in trade publication Variety. Under the terms of the deal, the rapper/actor will develop and produce a new dramatic series along with Alchemy’s Jason Barrett. The deal is considered somewhat unorthodox in the TV industry in that the rapper will be free to work with a broad range of producers and writers from within, as well as outside of the CBS talent pool. According to Variety, CBS beat out several other networks. Their interest was piqued after LL’s well-received guest run on the FOX drama House. The new CBS drama will mark LL’s return to television, where he previously enjoyed success with the five-season run of the ’90s sitcom In The House. Since then, he has starred in several feature films, and in 2005 inked a multi-year deal with Alchemy and Lionsgate to produce lower budget films.