On TV in 2001: Richard Dreyfuss!

After more than 35 years, big-screen actor Richard Dreyfuss is returning to a TV series. It’s still up in the air whether the “Mr. Holland’s Opus” star will appear in a sitcom or a drama, but the veteran actor has inked a deal with CBS to develop and star in primetime show for the 2001-02 season.

Dreyfuss made a big splash back in April when he appeared in “Fail Safe,” in which he starred as the U.S. president, drawing critical praise for his performance. He last appeared in a TV series for NBC in 1964-’65 in the sitcom “Karen.”

He later went on to make his mark on the big screen, eventually becoming the youngest actor at 29 to win the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in “The Goodbye Girl.”

Dreyfuss’s other big-screen credits include the “Stakeout” flicks and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” He’s currently appearing in the Disney film “The Crew” alongside Burt Reynolds and Carrie-Anne Moss.

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