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“Miss Guided” creator Caroline Williams has inked a sizable two-script deal with Warner Bros. Television.
Under the mid-six-figure pact, she will develop two comedy projects for the studio, including one with WBTV-based J.J. Abrams.
After a string of drama efforts with “Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and the NBC pilot “Undercovers,” Abrams and his company Bad Robot have been looking to enter the half-hour arena. This development season, they fielded a medical comedy project at Fox.
Abrams has some experience in comedy; in 2007, he directed an episode of NBC’s “The Office.”
It was during the filming of that episode that Williams, then a writer on the Emmy-winning NBC comedy, met Abrams.
The two talked a few more times, and then in December, Abrams approached Williams about working together on a single-camera comedy pilot with a female protagonist.
“I hung up the phone and danced around my office,” Williams said. “He’s an incredible storyteller, and I’ve always admired the way he writes such dynamic female characters.”
Williams has been on a roll since graduating from UCLA’s master’s program in screenwriting in 2004.
“Miss Guided,” the spec she wrote hoping to get a job on “Office,” landed her a staff-writing gig on Greg Daniels’ NBC comedy. It also got her agency representation at UTA and sold to ABC, where it went to series starring Judy Greer.
In fall 2008, her first-ever TV pitch sparked bidding and landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
Williams developed that project through a blind script deal at WBTV.
“I loved working with (WBTV president) Peter Roth,” she said. “He gave me courtside seats to the Lakers. I’ll never forget it.”
Williams, who recently completed a rewrite of the Katherine Heigl-starring feature “Killers,” is coming off a stint as a consulting producer on the breakout new comedy this season, ABC’s “Modern Family,” on which she wrote the dog butler episode “Not in My House.” She shared a WGA Award with the rest of the writing staff of the series created by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. (Williams also earned a WGA nom in 2008 for penning the “Phyllis’ Wedding” episode of “Office.”)
“Between Steve, Chris and Greg Daniels at ‘The Office,’ I feel lucky to have learned from some of the best showrunners out there and developing with J.J. will be a dream come true,” she said.
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