Following a successful multi-episode turn on the WB Network's "Charmed," former 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey is ready to become a TV leading man.

Following a successful multi-episode turn on the WB Network's "Charmed," former 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey is ready to become a TV leading man. The singer-actor has inked a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co., 20th Century Fox Television and studio-based Brad Grey TV to star in a half-hour or one-hour series project created for him.

Lachey also has a pact with ABC for the comedy project "Hot Mom." The pilot, in which Lachey co-starred as part of his development/talent deal with the Disney-owned network and Touchstone TV, was not picked up in May, but it still has an option on the actor until year's end.

Lachey, who has became a pop culture fixture thanks to the hit MTV reality series "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," in which he stars with wife Jessica Simpson, has been in high demand recently. Last month, he landed his first feature role, joining the indie film "The Hard Easy."

Additionally, after the ratings success of the ABC special "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour," Lachey and Simpson are working on a Christmas special for the network.