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WB lands ‘Mars’ duo

Appelbaum, Nemec sign one-year deal

Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, considered two of primetime’s most sought-after showrunners, have landed at Warner Bros. TV.

Under the one-year deal, Appelbaum and Nemec will create new projects for the studio. That includes their own scripts, as well as working with other writers. The deal includes an option to extend, should they get a show on the air.

At the studio, the duo will be reunited with their old pal J.J. Abrams, whose Bad Robot is set up there. Among other things, Appelbaum and Nemec are expected to collaborate with Abrams on new projects.

The scribes are already working on the script for the feature “Mission: Impossible IV” for Abrams, with whom they previously worked on “Alias.” Appelbaum and Nemec spent three and a half seasons on “Alias.”

Appelbaum and Nemec most recently were based at ABC Studios, where last season they were creators and exec producers on the thriller “Happy Town.”

The duo also served as exec producers and showrunners on the Alphabet’s “Life on Mars” adaptation. Their other recent credits include ABC Family’s miniseries “Samurai Girl,” as well as the ABC drama “October Road.”

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