Warner Bros. TV has signed up for some new adventures with “Old Christine” creator-showrunner Kari Lizer.
Studio has inked a rich overall deal with Lizer that will keep the scribe on the lot until 2010. Pact is valued in the upper seven-figure range, rising to roughly $10 million if “The New Adventures of Old Christine” stays on the air for a few more years.
Deal calls for Lizer to continue as showrunner and exec producer of “Christine,” currently in its second season on CBS. She’ll also create and develop projects for the studio.
WBTV prexy Peter Roth called Lizer “one of the most talented creative forces in the business” and said the studio was glad to continue its relationship with her.
Lizer joined WBTV in 2005, inking a two-year overall deal with the studio. Pact came the same year she developed “Christine” and an Anne Heche project for the now-defunct WB net, both via WBTV.
Before creating “Christine,” Lizer spent four years on NBC Universal-produced “Will & Grace,” rising to co-exec producer.
“Christine” has proved to be a critical success and has also done well in the ratings this season, following another WBTV skein, “Two and a Half Men.” It’s on hiatus while the Eye tests out new laffer “Rules of Engagement,” which is off to an impressive start in the time period.
CBS plans to bring “Old Christine” back March 12, airing back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9 p.m. Skein settles into its new 8:30 p.m. Monday timeslot on March 19.