‘Mac’ daddy inks two-year NBC pact

Wilmore to create, develop, exec produce new series

Larry Wilmore’s found a new home at the Peacock.

NBC Studios has inked the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning scribe to a two-year, seven-figure overall deal. He’ll create, develop and exec produce new series for the studio and will be available to come on board existing projects.

Deal had been expected in the wake of Wilmore’s forced exit from “The Bernie Mac Show” (Daily Variety, March 12.)

“The whole idea behind overall deals is to put your money behind people with unique visions,” NBC Studios prexy Ted Harbert told Daily Variety. “And Larry is incredibly smart, very funny and has a wonderfully aggressive point of view.”

Wilmore said the timing of the deal worked out particularly well.

“It was a place I had hoped to pitch my next show, and it just so happened they were interested in doing a deal when 20th (Century Fox TV) let me know last October that they weren’t interested,” said Wilmore, whose pact was brokered by UTA and Tom Hoberman.

Wilmore hasn’t offered any public comment since his exit from “The Bernie Mac Show,” and he still seems reluctant to go on record about his experience. He did, however, indicate that it’s probably best that he’s no longer on the show.

“If people don’t believe in you and don’t think you’re doing a good job, then maybe they should fire you,” Wilmore said. “They should have fired me a long time ago, maybe right after the Emmy (Wilmore won for writing). I don’t want to sound flip. But there’s nothing I could say to them that would change their mind.

“I just saw things differently than they did.”

Wilmore said his first NBC project will likely be a multicamera comedy, given the net’s current preference for the format.

“I’d love to do a show that has some social relevance in the way ‘All in the Family’ did,” he said. “There are a lot of voices out there that would be nice to hear from. But who knows, it could end up being a romantic comedy.”

In addition to creating “The Bernie Mac Show,” Wilmore’s credits include “The PJs,” “In Living Color” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

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