Adventure continues for Lizer


"The New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer has inked a new overall deal with the show's producer, Warner Bros. Television.

Under the three-year pact, which could reach into the eight figures if "Christine" continues its successful run on CBS, Lizer's main focus will be the comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus on which she serves as executive producer/showrunner.

"Kari is one of the most talented creative forces in the business, and we are delighted to continue our relationship with her," WBTV president Peter Roth said.

Lizer called her experience on "Christine" "very satisfying." The show, now in its second season, has been a solid ratings performer in the Monday 9:30 p.m. slot. It earned star Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy last year.

"I feel we're growing, finding our way, finding an audience, doing what we're supposed to be doing and having fun doing it," Lizer said.

Down the road, Lizer also might develop projects for WBTV.

"It's the only place where I want to develop," she said of the studio. "(WBTV executives) have been nothing but supportive and have been on my side creatively, business-wise and in every other way."

Lizer began collaborating with WBTV during the 2004-05 development season when the studio produced her pilots "Christine" and "True," a comedy for WB Network that starred Anne Heche.

Lizer previously spent four years on NBC's "Will & Grace" as a co-executive producer. She is repped by Vision Art Management's Scott Schwartz.