Wuhl extends his tenure at HBO

Producer signs 18-month deal to focus on new series

Robert Wuhl is staying put at HBO.

Wuhl has inked a new 18-month deal with the pay cable network where he has been based for more than 12 years.

Under the extension, Wuhl will focus on developing a series for HBO, his first since "Arli$$," which ran for seven seasons.

Wuhl already is working on the premise of the series, a single-camera comedy, but declined to disclose details.

"I think I know what an HBO series should be," he said. "And I've always been on time and under budget."

In addition to the series, Wuhl might work on other projects for HBO. Under his most recent deals there, he did a couple of "Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl" specials.

Wuhl first appeared on an HBO young comedians showcase in 1981. He created and played the title role in "Arli$$," which ran from 1996-2002, and has been under a development deal there ever since.

"They've allowed me to hang my paintings in their gallery. HBO has been my family for a long time," said Wuhl, who had been close with former HBO chief Chris Albrecht. "With the changeover, they've seen me as one of the few people still there."