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Kevin Kline Doctors Up Drama Series at HBO

Gavin Polone is producing hour drama pilot scripted by playwright David Auburn

Kevin Kline could be headed to series television: The actor is attached to star in a new drama project from the writer of "Proof" and producer Gavin Polone.

HBO is developing a script for a one-hour drama, written by David Auburn, in which Kline would play a man who had been a top cardiac surgeon in New York with a wife, family — and mistress. During an argument, he kills his lover, is convicted and spends time in prison.

The show will start with the doctor being released from prison. He’s lost his medical license and everything else he had before the murder — and now has to start from scratch.

Polone is producing the script with Auburn, Kline and Judy Hofflund.

Kline, who won an Oscar for his work in "A Fish Called Wanda," has never done series television. He snagged an Emmy nomination for his 2008 "Great Performances" role as Cyrano de Bergerac.

On the feature side, Kline has earned Golden Globe nominations for "De-lovely," "Dave," "In & Out," "Soapdish" and "Sophie’s Choice." His upcoming projects include "The Extra Man" and "The Conspirator."