'Life in Pieces' Creator Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV

Justin Adler Headshot P 2016
Courtesy of 20th TV

20th Century Fox Television is keeping Justin Adler in the family.

The creator of Life in Pieces has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the CBS comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the pact, Adler will continue to oversee what was last season's No. 1 new comedy as well as create and develop new projects for the studio.

"Life in Pieces is as unique and groundbreaking in its format as it is heartwarming and funny — it’s no wonder it became the highest-rated new comedy of last season," 20th TV creative affairs president Jonnie Davis said Tuesday in a statement. "Full credit goes entirely to its creator Justin Adler, who wrote the pilot on spec and delivered an inspired take on the family sitcom based on experiences and relationships from his own life. This deal keeps this gifted, inventive writer we love running the show, and allows us to develop other projects with him going forward."

Life in Pieces, which stars James BrolinColin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Dianne Wiest, Zoe Lister Jones, Thomas Sadoski and Angelique Cabral, is a single-camera comedy focusing on one family as told through the separate stories of its different members. 

Adler's credits include Better Off Ted and feature The Escort, which made The Black List in 2010. He is repped by UTA, manager Aaron Kaplan (whose Kapital Entertainment produces Life in Pieces) and attorney Ken Richman.

Adler joins a roster of producers at 20th TV including Ryan Murphy, Howard Gordon, Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd, among others.