Anne Heche Says ‘Save Me’ to NBC with New Sitcom

ALTAfter a decade of rapidly decreasing attention spans and an exponential increase of media intake, you’d think that the public would be able to forget about all that crazy stuff Anne Heche did back around the turn of the millennium. But somehow, the actress has not really been able to overcome the stigmas of her psychotic period. But Heche’s career is beginning to pick up. The coming year has her taking on a multitude of projects, one of which being a new NBC sitcom titled Save Me. So… will it?

Over the past ten years, Heche’s television career has involved both starring and supporting roles in shows like Hung, Men in Trees, Everwood and Ally McBeal. After an impressive movie resume in the 1990s, however, Heche has struggled to get back onto the big screen. But now she might not need to.

With television becoming the new hive for creativity and passion projects among celebrated filmmakers and actors, perhaps Heche doesn’t need to find her way back into the world. Maybe the world is finding its way back to Heche.

Sure, the actress still has a pretty rigid stigma attached to her name. But that might be the beauty of this new project: it doesn’t reject the stigma, or try to hide it. It embraces it. Heche will play a character who is trying to pick her life back up after a destructive relationship, and engages a path of “creat[ing] miracles,” EW reports.

This sort of character could be just what Heche needs to realign herself with her acting talent while not straying too far from the interesting identity that the public has so rigidly affixed to her. It’s hard to say if Save Me will truly launch Heche to stardom status, but does seem like a smart move.

The series is being picked up for a 13-episode season.

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