'Old Christine' creator inks WBTV deal

Kari Lizer to develop projects for WBTV under new pact

"The New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer has inked a rich new overall deal with the show's producer, Warner Bros. Television.

Under the three-year pact, said to be in the high seven figures, Lizer will focus on developing projects for the studio.

Additionally, she will continue as executive producer/showrunner on "Christine" should the comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus be picked up for a sixth season.

For the past two seasons, "Christine," which was assigned the tough job of opening a second comedy night for CBS on Wednesday, was on the bubble at the Eye but ultimately given last-minute renewals.

Both years, ABC had offered to step in and pick up the series, which earned Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy for playing harried divorced mom Christine Campbell.

Following its most recent renewal by CBS in May, "Christine" hit a milestone, with broadcast and cable syndication sales to Lifetime and a number of station groups, including Tribune and Weigel.

Lizer began collaborating with WBTV during the 2004-05 development season when the studio produced two comedy pilots written by her, "Christine" and "True" for the WB network.

She previously spent four years on NBC's "Will & Grace" as a co-executive producer.

Lizer is repped by Vision Art's Scott Schwartz and attorney Robert Getman.
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