Darren Star reunites with HBO

'Sex and the City' creator inks first-look deal with pay net

Darren Star is back at HBO.

The creator of one of HBO's signature series, "Sex and the City," has inked a two-year first-look deal with the pay cable network.

Under the pact, he will create a series, his first solo creation in almost a decade. He also will shepherd comedy and drama projects from other writers.

"They say you can never go home again, but with this deal at HBO, I feel I am," Star said. "I can say from my fortunate experience that there is nothing in the world quite like having a series on HBO."

Star's past experience at HBO was mostly with the network's previous regime -- on "Sex" and on Star's most recent project there, "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl," put in development by Chris Albrecht.

But he said he already has developed great rapport with HBO's new top programming team, Richard Plepler, Michael Lombardo and Sue Naegle, whom he called "the best creative allies one could hope for."

In addition to the Emmy-winning "Sex," Star's series creator credits include Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" and its spinoff, "Melrose Place" -- both enjoying a second life with their CW updates -- as well as the critically praised WB comedy "Grosse Pointe."

Star, most recently based at Sony TV, is repped by WMA and attorneys Jamey Coen and Sam Fisher.