Par bags Katz for TV series deal

Two skeins already in works

Writer-producer Jonathan Katz — the self-confessed “troubled” mind behind Comedy Central’s animated hit “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist” — has inked an overall multiyear deal to develop primetime series for Paramount Network Television.

As part of the pact, Katz is already working on two potential series for the 2000-01 season. CBS has given a premium script order for a live-action family comedy to be based on Katz’s own life experiences. And Fox has ordered a premium script for a half-hour comedy still in the early stages of development.

Meanwhile, Katz and Comedy Central have decided to wrap production on “Dr. Katz” after a successful six-season run highlighted by Emmy, Peabody and CableACE awards for Katz and the skein. Final batch of segs is expected to air later this month as part of a “Dr. Katz” marathon.

Par Television Group exec veep Tom Mazza called Katz “an extremely gifted writer and performer. … We think his unique brand of humor will be a welcome addition to the network television primetime landscape.”

In addition to “Dr. Katz,” Katz’s thesp credits include a recurring role on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” the David Mamet pics “The Spanish Prisoner” and “Things Change” and the upcoming features “State and Main” and “The Independent.”

Katz’s deal was brokered by CAA and managers Bonnie Burns and Mary Catherine Tucker.

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