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ABC, C-W INK ‘ROTTEN’ DEAL

ABC has inked a deal with Carsey-Werner Co. for the production house’s TV version of the Orion comedy theatrical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

According to sources familiar with the pact, the Alphabet web has agreed to a 13-episode commitment, with a license fee of more than $1 million per episode. If the web passes after the pilot, they’ll pay Carsey-Werner a seven-figure penalty fee.

ABC and Carsey-Werner would only confirm that ABC has struck a deal for the show.

The show is based on the 1988 theatrical release that starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin. Writer William Davies – whose credits include “Twins” (with William Osborne) – has signed on to write the pilot and executive produce the series. Steve Stabler, Paul Frank and Brad Krevoy, who all worked on the feature, will co-executive produce the series.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is about two con men in competition. The dramedy marks Carsey-Werner’s first foray into the one-hour arena.

Also, ABC has made several major commitments for next season. The network has a 13-episode deal with Universal Television for “Timecop,” a one-hour drama based on the studio’s theatrical release. The web also has multiepisode commitments with Spike Lee and Brandon Tartikoff for a comedy, and with director Ed Burns as well as comedies for actresses Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Pollan.

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