Lawrence signs two-year pact starting with 'Brian'

HOLLYWOOD — Former “Gilmore Girls” scribe-producer Sheila Lawrence is setting up shop at Touchstone Television.

Lawrence has closed a two-year overall pact with the studio to create and develop series programming. Under the seven-figure agreement, she’ll also work on existing skeins.

First up is the J.J. Abrams-produced midseason dramedy “What About Brian,” on which Lawrence will serve as co-exec producer.

Touchstone Television senior VP of drama Morgan Wandell called Lawrence a terrific writer with a unique voice and said the scribe’s experience in comedy and drama will prove beneficial on “Brian,” which blends elements of both.

He also said the studio was eager to see Lawrence’s development projects.

Lawrence spent three seasons on “Gilmore Girls,” rising to co-exec producer of the WB skein when she left after the 2003-04 season. She worked on ABC’s “Boston Legal” and the CBS drama “Clubhouse” last season.

Scribe said she was attracted to Touchstone because the studio “seems a little more willing to take chances,” especially in formats such as dramedies and relationship-focused hours. “Brian” fits into that category as well.

“I think the time is ripe for a nice hourlong romantic comedy where things aren’t being blown up and dead bodies aren’t being found,” Lawrence quipped.

Before “Gilmore,” CAA-repped Lawrence worked on several half-hour laffers, including two seasons on NBC’s “Mad About You.”

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