Tim Minear inks 20th TV deal

Two-year pact to work on new and existing series

Writer-producer Tim Minear has inked a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, Minear will work on existing 20th TV series and develop new drama projects for the studio.

He serves as consulting producer on 20th TV's new drama "Dollhouse," reuniting with the show's creator Joss Whedon, with whom he worked on "Firefly" and "Angel."

"Tim is very versatile; he can go to any show and make it better," 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. "We truly believe that there is a hit show in him, and we weren't prepared to let him go and do it somewhere else."

Minear has been at 20th TV for more than a decade, with stints on such series as "The X-Files," "Strange World," "Angel," "Firefly," "Wonderfalls" as well as "The Inside" and "Drive," which he co-created. But with his deal at 20th TV coming up, he didn't consider a change of scenery.

"Why go elsewhere at this point when it's working out here?" he said. "But if there is another strike, I may have to find a place closer to my house."

During the writers strike, Minear, who lives in Los Feliz near Hollywood, picketed the Fox lot in West Los Angeles where he has been based.

"It's an awful long way to drive to walk in a circle with a sign," he quipped.

For his future development, Minear is leaning toward genre shows.

"The nice thing about 20th is that they don't pigeonhole you," he said. "They've let me do anything -- from comedy with 'Wonderfalls' to a dark procedural with 'The Inside' to a spaceship show with horses with (sci-fi Western) 'Firefly.' "

Minear is repped by Endeavor and the Shuman Co.
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