NUTS takes Newton bet

NBC Universal TV Studio is betting on Kim Newton, inking the “Las Vegas” scribe to a two-year pact.

Newton — who got her start as a scribe on “The X-Files” — will be upped to exec producer of “Las Vegas” under the deal, which also provides a component for her future development. She’ll begin her third season on the NUTS/DreamWorks Television skein this fall.

NUTS senior veepee of drama and cable programming Laura Lancaster said that the studio decided to expand its relationship with Newton after reading some of her original work.

“She’s great with humor and great with character,” Lancaster said. “She also has a specific point of view on life which is very clever and funny and that comes through in her writing.”

Newton said working on “Las Vegas” allows her to flex more than one writing muscle.

“You get to write some drama, you get to write some comedy, and you get to write some action,” she said. “It’s like doing a mini-feature each week.”

Scribe said it’s too soon for her to say what sort of show she may develop for NUTS.

Before joining “Las Vegas” in 2004, Newton spent a season as a consulting producer on Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Cold Case.” She was previously co-exec producer on the Fox skeins “Fastlane” and “Pasadena.”

Newton’s other credits include CBS’ 2000 revival of “The Fugitive” and David E. Kelley’s 1999 dramedy “Snoops.”

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