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Lorre, C-W enter pact

HOLLYWOOD Chuck Lorre has signed an exclusive overall deal with Carsey-Werner Co. to create and develop new TV series.

The announcement follows reports that Lorre is giving up his role as exec producer on “Grace Under Fire,” the hit ABC series he created, after clashing with star Brett Butler.

Butler publicly referred to Lorre’s exit at a recent industry luncheon, though at the time the company declined comment.

Carsey-Werner said Lorre would serve as a consultant on the series in its second year but still wouldn’t confirm that Marc Flanagan, currently supervising producer on “Love & War,” would join the show as exec producer. First-season production wrapped March 18, and as the highest-rated new series, renewal is considered a formality.

Lorre began his affiliation with Carsey-Werner in 1990 as supervising producer on “Roseanne.”

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