WB TV pacts with ‘Susan’s’ Semple

She'll segue into exec producer slot

Warner Bros. TV has inked an overall deal with writer/producer Maria Semple, who will segue from co-executive producer to executive producer of NBC’s “Suddenly Susan” midseason.

The deal is worth nearly $1 million a year for two years and an additional $1.5 million if the studio picks up the third-year option.

Semple is expected to be show runner on the Brooke Shields comedy if and when executive producers Gary Dontzig and Steven Peterman leave “Suddenly Susan” to develop series for the studio.

Semple has spent the past two seasons as a supervising producer on NBC’s “Mad About You,” and before that she served as a co-producer on ABC’s “Ellen.” Semple’s other credits include NBC’s sketch comedy staple “Saturday Night Live.”

The deal was brokered by UTA’s Sue Naegle.

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