10:10am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Man Seeking Woman' Creator Inks Overall Deal With FX
FX is locking down Simon Rich.
The creator of FXX's Jay Baruchel comedy Man Seeking Woman has signed a two-year overall deal with FX Productions.
Under the pact, Rich — who created the series and serves as showrunner and exec producer — will develop new projects for the studio behind the comedy via his Allagash Industries production company.
Man Seeking Woman, based on Rich's book of short stories The Last Girlfriend on Earth, has already been renewed for a second season after bowing to critical praise. The series has helped improve younger-skewing FXX's fortunes among total viewers, adults 18-34 and adults 18-49.
“Simon is one of the brightest and most innovative talents in television today,” FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier said in a release announcing the deal Wednesday. “With Man Seeking Woman, he took the age-old story of looking for love and turned it on its head. FX is all about that kind of creative risk and we jumped at the opportunity to develop future projects with him."
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Rich is the author of two novels and four short story collections, including Spoiled Brats and Ant Farm. He has written for the New Yorker, Pixar and Saturday Night Live, the latter of which earning him four Emmy nominations and two WGA Awards. Allagash Industries is a Brooklyn-based company devoted to high-stakes, premise-driven art.
Rich joins a roster of producers at the studio including Danny Boyle, Louis C.K., Fargo's Noah Hawley and the producers behind The Americans, among others.