11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Larry Wilmore Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Larry Wilmore is returning to TV.
Three months after Comedy Central canceled The Nightly Show, Wilmore has signed a multiyear overall deal with ABC Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the pact, Wilmore will develop material for his own projects as well as supervise others and work with ABC Studios in targeting upcoming talent for the studio.
The deal brings Wilmore back to ABC Studios, where he executive produces the studio's ABC hit Black-ish. Wilmore originally was set to serve as showrunner on Black-ish, which he developed alongside creator Kenya Barris. He exited the ABC family comedy to host Comedy Central's The Nightly Show. In addition to Black-ish, Wilmore also co-created and exec produces HBO's Issa Rae critical darling Insecure, which was recently renewed for a second season at the premium cable network.
"I'm excited beyond words to be back at ABC and look forward to this creative partnership. Disney took a chance on me as a young writer years ago and so I'm thrilled to return to the Mouse House. I hope my room still looks the same," Wilmore said Monday in a statement.
In addition to Black-ish and Insecure, Wilmore's credits include Fox comedies The Bernie Mac Show and The P.J.'s.
"We’re thrilled to welcome Larry Wilmore back to ABC Studios. We worked closely with Larry while we were developing Black-ish and are looking forward to what’s coming next from this incredibly talented writer-producer," said ABC Studios president Patrick Moran.
Wilmore is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson.
Speaking with THR in August, days after his Nightly Show exit, Wilmore opened up about his interest in returning to the scripted landscape and signing an overall deal at a studio. "When I talk about scripted, that's what I mean, half-hour and getting back into that world. I really love storytelling. It's really something that I miss. As much as I love doing this, I really love storytelling as well. I'll probably be doing something like that more immediately," he said. "I'd love to set up shop somewhere and develop projects — film, TV, digital — would be a fun thing to do. And I love mentoring people, too, and working with Kenya Barris [on Black-ish] and then being able to go somewhere else again."