Graziano inks 20th TV deal

Writer joins 'Lie to Me' team under showrunner Ryan

Scribe David Graziano (“In Plain Sight”) has sealed a seven-figure overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

As part of the deal, Graziano has immediately joined Fox’s “Lie to Me” under showrunner Shawn Ryan. Graziano will also eventually develop for the studio.

Graziano joined the show at the request of Ryan — leading to the 20th deal.

“I was looking for a home, and when Shawn expressed some interest in me, I was ready to sign on board,” Graziano said. “I’ve always wanted to be a member of a band, and his band is a pretty good one to be a part of. And 20th is known for their storytelling, like on ’24,’ so this seemed to make sense.”

Graziano said he’s busy with day-to-day work on “Lie to Me,” but that when he eventually turns his attention to development, Ryan will likely be involved as well in some capacity.

Much of that also depends on whether “Lie to Me” — currently on the bubble — returns next season.

Twentieth Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman said the studio had been keeping an eye on Graziano for a while, but the scribe was always unavailable — until now.

“As we lost a couple of our writers on that series to their own pilot, David was able to step in immediately,” Newman said. “He has played an important role from the get-go. We look forward to developing with him as well. I think he’s going to have a great character-driven procedural in him.”

Graziano’s credits also include “Swingtown,” “Southland,” “Daybreak” and “What About Brian.”

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