Biller will cast spell on syndie 'Wizard'


Kenneth Biller has joined Sam Raimi's upcoming syndicated series "Wizard's First Rule" as showrunner.

The scripted series, an hourlong weekly from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios, is based on Terry Goodkind's book "Wizard's First Rule" and the fantasy series "The Sword of Truth."

In addition, Mike Sussman is in negotiations to come aboard "Wizard's" as a supervising producer. Biller and Sussman previously worked together on UPN's 1995-2001 series "Star Trek: Voyager," with Biller ultimately serving as showrunner and Sussman as a writer.

"Wizard's" stars Craig Horner as woodsman Richard Cypher, who transforms into a magical leader and joins with a mysterious woman named Kahlan (Bridget Regan) to stop a bloodthirsty tyrant. The series has been cleared in more than 95% of the country for its fall launch. Twenty-two episodes will be produced for the 2008-09 season.

Biller, repped by CAA, also has served as showrunner on ABC's "Six Degrees," also from ABC Studios (then Touchstone TV), NBC's "E-Ring" and Fox's "Dark Angel."

Sussman's producing credits include CBS' "Threshold" and UPN's "Enterprise." He is repped by CAA and Rain Management Group. (partialdiff)