20th TV signs Sedaris


Sought-after comedian Amy Sedaris has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to create, write and star in a comedy series project.

Sedaris will pen the script with her writing partner, Paul Dinello, who also is attached to direct.

The single-camera project will be co-produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, which has a first-look deal with Sedaris, a frequent guest on Letterman's "Late Show" on CBS. It's based on an idea Sedaris had six year ago.

"It just seemed the right time to do it now," she said.

Busy filming an arc on TNT's "The Closer" as the sister of agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) and promoting the paperback release of her book "I Like You," Sedaris said she wasn't looking to do a series and almost didn't take the meeting with 20th TV's head of comedy Jonathan Davis.

"We just hit it off," Sedaris said.

The project will be taken out to the networks in the next few weeks, with Sedaris and Dinello hoping it will land on cable.

Comedy Central was the home of two series Sedaris and Dinello co-created with Stephen Colbert and Mitch Rouse: "Strangers With Candy," which spawned the 2005 feature directed by Dinello and starring Sedaris, and "Exit 57."

Dinello most recently helmed and co-starred with Sedaris in the Nickelodeon movie "Gym Teacher." Last year, he directed the Fox/Lionsgate pilot "Me and Lee?"

Paradigm-repped Sedaris next appears in "Jennifer's Body." (partialdiff)