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Billy Gardell could star in new TV sitcom next fall

Natasha Lindstrom
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Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell will bring his stand-up comedy to Pittsburgh's Benedum Center on Nov. 17.
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NBC late-night talk show host Seth Meyers (right), seen with comedian Billy Gardell waving the Terrible Towel Wave at a 2014 Steelers-Texans game at Heinz Field, weighed in on his Oct. 29 show about the mass shootings at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, and about his love for Pittsburgh.
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Comedian and Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell performs at a Pep Rally at Stage AE on the North Shore, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in anticipation of Sunday's playoff game when the Steelers face Miami.
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Host Billy Gardell congratulates contestant Waltriessa Deleon of Texas as she wins a big cash prize on 'Monopoly Millionaires Club.'
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Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips (left) and Billy Gardell as Colonel Tom Parker in CMT's 'Sun Records.'
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Swissvale native Billy Gardell stars with Melissa McCarthy on the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly.”

Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell could return to network TV next fall as the star of a new sitcom.

CBS announced Friday that it has committed to a pilot production of a proposed series, “Bob Hearts Abishola,” an “instant leading contender” for the broadcaster’s 2019-20 season schedule, Deadline reports.

Gardell, 49, would star in the multi-camera series as a man who suffers a heart attack and then falls for and tries to win the affection of his Nigerian nurse, played by British comedian Gina Yashere. Yashere is known for her work on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and the Netflix show “The Stand Ups.”

“Mike & Molly,” the CBS show co-starring Melissa McCarthy that made Gardell a star, ended its six-year run in 2016.

Gardell’s credits span films “Bad Santa,” “You, Me and Dupree” and “Avenging Angelo.” He’s had recurring television roles on shows such as “Young Sheldon,” “New Girl,” and “My Name is Earl.”

He received a Daytime Emmy nomination as the best game show host for “Monopoly Millionaires’ Club.”

Gardell, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, still frequents Pittsburgh for Steelers games, appearances on radio station WDVE and visits with childhood friends who grew up in Swissvale.

He’ll be back next month for two stand-up shows a the Benedum Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. Tickets range $39 to $89.

The proposed series is being produced with Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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