Nathan Lane will host "In Performance at the White House" (Wednesday, 9 p.m. on WNET/13) featuring top Broadway stars performing songs from their hit shows. Lane, of course, is best known for his stage work ("The Producers," "Guys and Dolls"), but he has ventured into TV with mixed results, especially when it comes to his own series. (He's been a bit more memorable when he has made guest appearances). Take these five:
Encore! Encore! (1998-99) - Lane starred in this CBS sitcom as a womanizing opera singer whose voice is ruined by a doctor's mistake. So he returns to his family's winery business in the Napa Valley. Hilarity doesn't ensue.
Modern Family (2010) - In this episode, which aired two weeks ago, Lane played Pepper, the flamboyant ex-boyfriend of Cam (Eric Stonestreet).