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Don Cheadle inks TV production deal; ‘Miles Davis’ the TV series sounds like a great idea!

3322 Don Cheadle is looking to broaden his creative endeavors by dipping a toe into the TV ‘biz. The talented actor and star of the one-day-it-will-be-here biopic of Miles Davis signed a two-year deal at Universal Media Studios.

Under the pact, announced Thursday during NBC’s portion of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, Cheadle’s Crescendo Prods. will develop series projects for the studio.

Crescendo recently signed a two-year feature deal with Overture Films, but I’m not sure if Overture is in play for the Miles Davis biopic at this point. They recently produced “Traitor” and the documentary “Darfur Now.”

Seriously – a TV series based on the life and times of Miles Davis? How is that not appointment television? A mini-series might not be too terrible either.

In truth, I don’t think the deal means Cheadle is going to start acting on TV (although he was awesome in a guest spot on “ER” and has appeared on a bunch of series in the past), but at least it’s nice to know someone with his talent will be developing projects for the little screen.

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