The two thespians behind the hit play which spoofs pals Matt Damon and BEN AFFLECK are set for TV stardom after signing a sitcom deal with funnyman STEVE MARTIN.

The movie star-turned-novelist is a big fan of Mindy Kaling and BRENDA WITHERS, whose off-Broadway play MATT + BEN has been an unlikely national hit in America.

And he is taking them to TV after signing up to create MINDY + BRENDA for cable network WB.

Martin's production partner JOAN STEIN says, "It's about two twentysomething women, college roommates and best friends - postcollege and pre-marriage - living together on the cheap in Brooklyn."

17/09/2004 18:53