ABC reunites with pen pal


Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan is returning to his TV roots with a blind put pilot commitment at ABC. Under the seven-figure deal, Gaghan will write and executive produce an hourlong project for the network. He's also attached to direct the potential pilot if his feature schedule permits.

ABC landed Gaghan after heated bidding with Fox. There is no studio attached to Gaghan's project yet, with Sony TV and ABC Studios said to be in the running.

Gaghan won an Oscar in 2001 for writing "Traffic" and earned another writing nomination five years later for "Syriana," which he also directed.

But before his big break in features in 2000 with "Traffic" and "Rules of Engagement," he wrote for such series as ABC's "The Practice" and "NYPD Blue."

He won an Emmy in 1997 for co-penning the "Where's 'Swaldo?" episode of "NYPD" alongside David Milch and Michael Perry.

Gaghan is repped by WMA and attorney Steve Warren. (partialdiff)