20th TV sticks with go-to guy

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"My Name Is Earl" executive producer Bobby Bowman has inked a new two-year overall deal with series producer 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, Bowman will continue on "Earl," where he runs the writers' room and manages the show's writing staff, serving as an executive producer alongside creator Greg Garcia and director Marc Buckland. He also will develop new projects for the studio.

Bowman has spent the past eight years at 20th TV, working on "Family Guy," "Yes, Dear" and "Earl."

The studio's continuous collaboration with Bowman is "no coincidence," 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said.

"He can do it all — animation, multicamera, single-camera," he said. "He's as versatile as it gets, and that's particularly important to this studio, which prides itself on being adventurous in our comedy development."

Bowman also joked about his "monogamous relationship with 20th."

"They do exciting shows and have great executives," he said. "Sure, I would prefer it if 20th were monogamous in return, and didn't feel the need to have multiple partners. But they're not going to change. I just have to get used to it."

For his own development, Bowman is looking to do a mix of half-hour and hourlong projects.

"My background is in non-linear, dance-theater stuff, and I think that's really what scripted TV is crying out for these days," he said. "My first pilot will be a poster-board with a collage of used candy wrappers and blurry photos of Prague."

Bowman first worked with Garcia on Garcia's previous show, CBS' "Yes, Dear," and followed him to "Earl," where he has been since the beginning.

Bowman is repped by ICM and attorney Hillary Bibicoff. (partialdiff)
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