Fox tucks in Murphy's 'B'


Kevin Reilly and Peter Liguori are bringing another top FX creator into the Fox fold.

The network has handed out a series commitment to "Queen B," a female workplace drama from "Nip/Tuck" creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy.

The project, which Murphy co-created with "Nip/Tuck" executive producers Richard Levine and Lyn Greene, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV. It stems from the rich multiyear deal Murphy inked this year with FX, 20th TV and Fox (HR 2/16).

"Queen B" is described as a modern-day workplace drama that breaks the glass ceiling, creating a world where women call the shots. It centers on a brilliant but ruthless woman who takes over a worldwide conglomerate as a CEO and corrupts a young girl with power by making her the exec's right-hand henchwoman.

Murphy, Levine and Greene are writing the script and exec producing. There is no talent on board yet, but even in such early stages, the project is attracting the attention of a number of top actresses older than 40.

"Queen B" reunites Murphy with Reilly and Liguori.

During their reign at FX as entertainment president and president and CEO, respectively, Reilly and Liguori developed "Nip/ Tuck," which became FX's highest-rated series.

Now as entertainment president and chairman at Fox, respectively, the two have been aggressively pursuing their best creative collaborators at FX.

In August, Fox gave a series commitment to "The Oaks," a high-concept drama to be exec produced/showrun by Shawn Ryan, creator/exec producer of FX's first breakout series, "The Shield" (HR 8/4).

In addition to his deal at Fox, Murphy is expanding his relationship with FX. An untitled transsexual drama he co-created with "Nip/Tuck's" Brad Falchuk recently was greenlighted to pilot by the cable network (HR 8/22).

Murphy is repped by CAA and attorney Craig Emanuel. Levine and Green are repped by CAA and attorney David Fox.