‘Guy’ gig for laugh master

Sheridan to work on 'Family,' develop new projects

“Yes, Dear” scribe-producer Chris Sheridan has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal to serve as an exec producer on 20th Century Fox Television’s upcoming revival of “Family Guy.”

In addition to working on new episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s back-from-the-dead animated laffer, Sheridan will create, develop and exec produce new projects for 20th. Studio is producing new episodes of “Family Guy” following the skein’s socko perf when released on DVD.

Most recently a co-exec producer on the 20th-produced CBS comedy “Yes, Dear,” Sheridan was a writer and producer on “Family Guy” during the first two seasons of its initial run on Fox. He was then a supervising producer on 20th’s “Titus” before heading over to “Yes, Dear.”

“He’s been an incredible utility player for us,” 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden said. “He can write a variety of different forms of comedy for us, and we have very high hopes for his development.”

Cartoon Network has agreed to air at least 22 new episodes of “Family Guy,” though that order could soar to 40 segs (Daily Variety, March 25). Fox Broadcasting also has an option to air the episodes first.

MacFarlane said Sheridan contributed “some stellar episodes” of “Family Guy,” and has a particular knack for writing dialogue for the skein’s titular patriarch, Peter.

“He has a phenomenal command of story and the same time is (very) funny,” MacFarlane said. “He’s got a very dry sense of humor and enormous self-control (in the writers’ room), which means whenever he opens his mouth, it’s going to be something that’s well thought out.”

Before starting work on 20th skeins, Sheridan — repped by Kaplan Stahler Gumer Braun Agency & Jared Levine — worked as an executive story editor for Warner Bros. TV’s “Living Single,” which ran on Fox.

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