Talk about job security: Mike Scully, who created and executive produced the upcoming Fox laffer “The Pitts,” has also joined the staff of CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” for at least the rest of the season.
Scully also continues as a consultant on “The Simpsons” (where he served as showrunner for four years).
In an age where writers are anxious over the effect of reality TV on the scripted job marketplace, Scully has pulled off a rare hat trick by working three shows at once.
The scribe was able to join “Raymond” because “The Pitts” had already wrapped production on its six episodes and his deal at 20th Century Fox TV had expired.
Scully’s first priority remains “The Pitts,” which bows March 30. But should that laffer not return, the Rothman Agency-repped writer will join “Raymond” full time next season.
“Basically, (‘Raymond’ creator) Phil Rosenthal is gambling on the failure of ‘The Pitts,’ and I really appreciate the vote of confidence,” Scully quipped. “(‘Raymond’) is incredibly well-written and acted and was the only show that could pry me out of cartoon land. I’m hoping I can get them to put in more explosions and talking animals, however.”