'Furious' scribe inks two-year deal with UMS

NBC is adding some fuel to its new “Knight Rider” series, signing “Fast and the Furious” scribe Gary Scott Thompson to serve as exec producer and showrunner.

Producer Universal Media Studios has also made a two-year overall deal with the scribe, who most recently shepherded the Peacock’s “Las Vegas.” Thompson will work alongside exec producers Doug Liman and Dave Bartis, as well as scribe-producer Dave Andron, who wrote the pilot and is remaining with the series.

Another “Las Vegas” vet, Matt Pyken, is also joining “Knight” as an exec producer.

NBC confirmed a series order for “Knight” earlier this week (Daily Variety, March 31).

UMS prexy Katherine Pope said that as soon as it became clear “Knight” was headed to series, landing Thompson became a priority.

“The network and studio all came to this idea separately. There was a list of one,” Pope told Daily Variety.

Exec also said Thompson would help up the quality of special effects on “Knight.” “Action and effects are going to be a real priority for us on this show,” Pope said.

Deal for “Knight” comes as Thompson is still mourning the sudden death of “Las Vegas,” a staple of the Peacock sked that got an unexpected ax after the strike. Skein had been a dependable performer on Friday nights; there’s been buzz that “Knight” could end up on Fridays as well.

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