Wright inks new deal at ABC Studios

'Dirty Sexy Money' creator signs two-year pact

"Dirty Sexy Money" creator/executive producer Craig Wright has inked a new two-year deal with ABC Studios.

Under the seven-figure pact, Wright will continue on the ABC Studios-produced "Dirty," which is returning for a second season on ABC in the fall.

Like all freshman series, the promising run of "Dirty" was cut short by the writers strike.

The family soap about the rich Darling clan starring Peter Krause and Donald Sutherland is facing a relaunch as it will return 10 months after its most recent original episode aired.

"It's immensely challenging," Wright said. "We're treating the first episode of the second season as a pilot, in which we are reintroducing all the characters."

Wright is working closely with Daniel Cerone, who recently joined "Dirty" as exec producer/showrunner and "has been instrumental in shaping the narrative for next season," Wright said.

"Dirty" is undergoing tonal changes.

"It will still be very sexy and funny but with higher stakes," Wright said.

He pointed to a scene in an episode last season where a red stain on the carpet turned out to be nail polish.

"We want it to be real blood, we want to have a sense of danger, pain, complexity," he said. "We enjoyed highlighting the charm and the humor this year. Next season, we will look at the price (the Darlings) pay to be rich."

Wright, a playwright, ventured into television five years ago when he joined HBO's "Six Feet Under" and earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the show.

He segued to his first TV overall deal with ABC Studios after the end of "Six Feet" in 2005 and has been at the studio ever since, working on "Lost" and "Brothers & Sisters" before creating "Dirty."

"For a network show, 'Dirty Sexy Money' is so out of the ordinary and has so much chaos built into it that you have to give ABC and ABC Studios credit for their commitment to making it week after week," he said.

Although his attention will be focused on "Dirty" for the near future, Wright said he looks forward to eventually developing a new show with ABC and ABC Studios. "I would be the luckiest guy in the world if I had the chance to create another series with them," he added.

Wright, whose latest play, "Mistakes Were Made," will get its world premiere in May at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, recently completed his writing duties on the comic book feature "The Flash." He is repped by Endeavor and attorney Matt Johnson.