20th Century TV gets more of Hanson


“Bones” creator-executive producer Hart Hanson has inked a new eight-figure overall deal with series producer 20th Century Fox Television.

Under the three-year pact, which has an option for a fourth, Hanson will continue to executive produce and run Fox’s forensic dramedy while also developing new projects for the studio.

Hanson is working on “Lies and Promises,” a light drama based on Harlan Coben’s novels about sports agent/private investigator Myron Bolitar, which has received a pilot commitment with penalty from Fox.

“He is just a gem -- he is a smart, talented, very creative individual who happens to be wonderful to work with,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “He’s the only writer I know who’s been able to successfully marry the tones of a light drama and a grisly crime show on ‘Bones,’ a show we’re so proud of.”

20th TV renegotiated the deal with Hanson even though he had an option for another year on his previous pact.

“They’ve been very good to me and have made me feel important to them,” Hanson said of the 20th TV brass. “I’ve found a home here.”

His relationship with studio executives goes beyond the call of duty. When he was evacuated from his fire-threatened Malibu home Sunday, 20th TV chairman Gary Newman invited Hanson to stay with him and his wife, Hanson’s attorney Jeanne Newman. (Hanson ended up crashing at the Santa Monica home of “Bones” exec producer Stephen Nathan.)

Hanson developed “Lies” though his Far Field Prods., which he named after a poem by American Theodore Roethke as a homage to his previous career as an English professor in Canada.

“Lies” centers on Bolitar, a sports agent and sometimes investigator who goes the extra mile for his clients and gets involved in solving cases for them.

“It falls within my wheelhouse of humor and procedural like ‘Bones,’ “ Hanson said. “Coben’s books are very funny and a very rich world to mine.”

“Bones,” now in its third season, stars David Boreanaz as an FBI agent and Emily Deschanel as a forensic anthropologist who solve crimes together.

If “Lies” goes to series, Hanson could be faced with the challenge of running two series, something to which he is looking forward.

“I hope to get to that difficulty,” he said.

Before “Bones,” Hanson served as showrunner for three years on the CBS/20th TV drama “Judging Amy.” His series credits also include CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia” and ABC’s “Cupid.”

He is repped by Endeavor.