‘Desperate’ measure

Black jumps to Fox net

After nearly two seasons on “Desperate Housewives,” scribe Chris Black is hopping to 20th Century Fox Television.

Studio has inked Black to a two-year, seven-figure overall deal covering both series services and future development. He’s already started working on 20th’s upcoming Fox thriller “Vanished,” on which he’ll serve as co-exec producer.

Black, who had been co-exec producer on “Housewives,” ankled the Touchstone skein at the end of the season.

Jennifer Nicholson-Salke, exec VP of drama development at 20th, said Black’s diverse credit list made him attractive to the studio. In addition to “DH,” scribe’s resume includes sci-fi series “Star Trek: Enterprise” and Sam Raimi’s “Cleopatra 2525.”

“There’s a clear versatility with him,” she said. “He’s able to write the procedural, close-ended material as well as the most dramatic, soap opera-esque material. That’s what we need on ‘Vanished,’ and it’s a short list of people who can operate on all those cylinders.”

“The kinds of shows they’re willing to do are slightly skewed, so it should be a good home for me,” Black said. He also has a creative history with Patrick Moran, who’s VP of drama at 20th. The two worked together at Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures.

Black’s small-screen career stretches back to the USA Network comedy “Weird Science,” on which he worked as a writer from 1994-97. Other credits include “Sliders,” “The Huntress” and “Hawaii.”

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