Murphy will be back to showrun hit primetime sudser
FX has sutured up a deal with creator-exec producer Ryan Murphy that will keep “Nip/Tuck” going for two more seasons.Renewal, announced during FX’s portion of Tuesday’s critics press tour, reps a commitment for a third and fourth season of the primetime sudser, which has consistently topped key 18-49 rankings among all original entertainment series on basic cable. Creator Ryan Murphy will be back to showrun and exec produce along with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. Warner Bros. TV will also continue to produce the skein. Murphy, who had been making under $100,000 per episode for the first two seasons of “Nip/Tuck,” will make substantially more for the succeeding two. FX ponied up more than $6 million — in one of the most lucrative writer deals in basic cable — to keep Shawn Ryan, creator/exec producer of gritty cop drama “The Shield,” on board for two more seasons after series’ sophomore cycle. Murphy had another dilemma that made his third-season participation uncertain — he was to direct the film “Running With Scissors,” based on Augusten Burroughs’ best-selling memoir. Pic is now to begin shooting in March. Production begins on the third cycle’s 15 episodes this summer for an early fall premiere. FX entertainment topper John Landgraf announced that helmer Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”) has signed on to direct one of the installments of the mini “Ten Commandments,” from exec producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh (Daily Variety, Nov. 12). In addition, documentary producer R.J. Cutler has come on board to exec produce the six-part reality series “30 Days,” alongside Morgan Spurlock and Ben Silverman. FX has greenlit production on “Oil Storm,” the second telepic in a series of faux documentaries from Wall to Wall Prods., the U.K.-based shingle that most recently produced cabler’s “Smallpox” (Daily Variety, June 21). Projects chronicle imagined U.S. disasters, shot docu-style, as if they had really taken place in the United States.