Ratner in new 20th TV deal

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Brett Ratner has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the pact, Ratner will continue to develop and direct TV series projects for the studio though his production company, Rat Television.

Under his previous deal with 20th TV, Ratner is executive producing the studio's upcoming drama series for ABC, "Women's Murder Club." He was slated to direct the pilot for the show based on James Patterson's book series, but had to pull out to focus on his feature "Rush Hour 3," which opens Aug. 10.

Ratner also executive produces the 20th TV/Fox drama series "Prison Break" after directing and executive producing the pilot for the show. "Prison" returns for a third season in the fall.

Last year, Ratner, 20th TV and Roundtable Entertainment received a put pilot commitment from Fox for "Blue Blood," a cop drama project based on Edward Conlon's memoir (HR 7/21/06).
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