June 26, 2008 / 6:42 AM / 10 years ago

"Hazzard" star John Schneider in new TV series

Series guest star John Schneider attends the season five premiere screening of the FX series "nip/tuck" held at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood October 20, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider is shooting a new TV series without a net.

Schneider is starring in “twentysixmiles,” a six-episode, independently financed drama that’s filming on southern California’s Catalina Island and searching for a distributor.

The actor plays a high-powered Los Angeles executive who moves to Catalina — “twenty-six miles across the sea,” as the 1957 hit by the L.A. vocal quartet Four Preps goes — to live near his kids after his wife divorces him.

The ensemble series is a longtime passion project of creator/executive producer Rob Miller, who is pouring $5.5 million into the production in hopes of luring studio and network partners.

Schneider, who also is shooting a recurring role on FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” said he turned down a regular role in a major upcoming fall series to do “twentysixmiles.”

“People in my camp said, ‘You will remember this as the day you screwed up the rest of your career,”‘ said Schneider, who also is a co-executive producer on the project. “I said, ‘Guys, I’m trying to unscrew it.’ This is the most perfect role I’ve read for me since ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’ I’m hoping it’s one of those occasions when the good guys win.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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