Fryman will ‘Shoot’ for U

Helmer inks one-year deal for skein

HOLLYWOOD — Veteran television helmer Pamela Fryman has inked a rich one-year deal to direct the sixth season of “Just Shoot Me” and come on board as an exec producer of the Universal Studios Television laffer.

Low seven-figure deal with U calls for Fryman, who had been splitting her time between “Frasier” and “Just Shoot Me,” to focus exclusively on “Just Shoot Me.” She’s expected to helm every episode of the 2001-02 season.

Fryman has also snagged an exec producer credit on the NBC series, joining a small but growing number of directors, such as James Burrows (“Will & Grace”) and Andy Cadiff (“Home Improvement,” “Spin City”), who have assumed producer roles on series they helm.

David Guarascio and Moses Port will serve as exec producers and showrunners of “Just Shoot Me” for the next two seasons as part of their own recently inked deal with NBC Studios’ Ted Harbert and Universal topper Susan Workman (Daily Variety, April 23). Steven Levitan, Brad Grey, Don Woodard, Tom Maxwell and Bernie Brillstein also serve as exec producers of the series, which recently landed a two-year renewal from NBC.

In addition to spending the last four years directing numerous segs of “Just Shoot Me,” Fryman — repped by Broder Kurland Webb Uffner — has directed numerous comedy series and pilots. She recently wrapped production on the pilot for “Inside Schwartz,” the new 20th Century Fox TV/NBC Studios comedy headed for 8:30 p.m. Thursdays next fall. Other successful pilots helmed by Fryman include “Three Sisters,” “Townies” and “Work With Me.”

Fryman’s resume also includes directing roles on “The King of Queens,” “Friends,” “The Single Guy” and “Cybill.”