‘Guy’ guy seals deal

Hemingson pacts with net on toon project

“Family Guy” scribe Dave Hemingson is cooking up plans to launch his own brood.

Hemingson, who also created last fall’s Fox comedy “Kitchen Confidential,” has signed a new multiyear, seven-figure overall pact with 20th Century Fox TV that will keep him at the studio until at least 2008.

In conjunction with the new pact, he’s also in final talks to set up an animated project at 20th sibling Fox Broadcasting. Potential skein revolves around fraternal twins from an ordinary family who just happen to be the smartest kids in the world.

Gary Newman, prexy of 20th Century Fox TV, cited Hemingson’s versatility as a scribe “who can cross over into different forms of comedy,” including live-action and animated projects.

“He’s one of those guys who’ll do what you need and is blessed with having a really unique comic voice,” Newman said.

Deal with Hemingson covers future development, as well as his current gig as a consulting producer on “Family Guy.” Hemingson is already juggling both, working on the new Fox project while writing for “Family Guy.”

“Kitchen Confidential,” which Hemingson exec produced with Darren Star, was one of several single-camera comedies launched this year to strong critical reaction and low ratings. Skein’s scheduling in a tough Monday slot behind the struggling “Arrested Development” didn’t help.

Despite the short life of the show — which may yet have life to it if 20th can fan the sparks of interest from other nets into a fire — Hemingson said studio execs Newman and Dana Walden made the project creatively satisfying.

“They understood what I was trying to accomplish,” he said. “They didn’t lean on me in terms of the creative direction of the show. The bottom line was, I was allowed to do exactly what I wanted to do.”

And though Fox didn’t give “Kitchen” many shots at success, Hemingson still believes the net “can be a place for a groundbreaking comedy.”

“We had one bad marriage, but I still believe in romance,” he cracked.

ICM-repped Hemingson’s other credits include “American Dad” and “Just Shoot Me.”

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