Star maps course back to HBO

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Darren Star has returned to HBO. The creator of one of HBO's signature series, "Sex and the City," has inked a two-year, first-look deal with the premium cable network.

Under the pact, he will create a series, his first solo creation in nearly a decade. He also will shepherd comedy and drama projects from other writers.

"They say you can never go home again, but with this deal at HBO, I feel I am," Star said. "I can say from my fortunate experience that there is nothing in the world quite like having a series on HBO."

Star's past experience at HBO was mostly with the network's previous regime — on "Sex" and on Star's most recent project there, "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl," put in development by Chris Albrecht.

But Star said he already has developed a rapport with HBO's new top programming team of Richard Plepler, Michael Lombardo and Sue Naegle, whom he called "the best creative allies one could hope for."

In addition to the Emmy- winning "Sex," Star's series creator credits include Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" and its spinoff, "Melrose Place" — both enjoying a second life with their CW updates — as well as the critically praised WB comedy "Grosse Pointe."

Star, most recently based at Sony TV, is repped by WMA and attorneys Jamey Coen and Sam Fisher. (partialdiff)
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