'Earl' scribes ink with 20th TV

John Hoberg and Kat Likkel sign seven-figure deal

Writer-producers John Hoberg and Kat Likkel have signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, the writing duo will continue on the studio-produced comedy "My Name Is Earl," where they will be elevated to co-exec producers next season, and will take crack at developing their own shows.

'Earl' is one of the most distinctive comedies on the air, and Kat and John have been a big part of its success from the beginning," 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. "They're incredibly talented and they bring their own quirky, offbeat sensibility to everything they write."

Hoberg and Likkel, who are married, became a writing team in 2003, shortly before they landed their first job together on ABC's "Hope & Faith."

In the spring of 2005, looking for their next gig, they read all network pilots and immediately responded to "Earl." Hoberg and Likkel loved the script so much, they turned down several jobs hoping and praying that they would get on "Earl."

"It could've been the worst or the best decision we've even made," Hoberg said. "Fortunately, it turned out to be the best decision we've ever made."

In development, it was important for the duo to get their start at a studio like 20th TV where "they develop a wide range of shows," Likkel said.

The two haven't decided yet what shows they will create, but, "since we're married, we're hoping to do a show about a married couple that fights a lot so we can get it out on the page and don't have to fight in real life," Hoberg quipped.

Hoberg and Likkel are repped by UTA and Industry.