Herschlag exclu to NBC

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Scribe Alex Herschlag has inked a new two-year overall deal with NBC Studios to develop programming and serve as an exec producer of “Will & Grace.”

Herschlag will be upped to exec producer of the NBC Studios-produced hit laffer this fall, joining showrunners/exec producers Jeff Greenstein and Jhoni Marchinko. Scribe, who has worked on “Will” since 1998, had been co-exec producer since ’99.

While focusing on “Will,” Herschlag’s new pact also calls for him to develop comedy or drama concepts for NBC Studios. Deal runs through the 2003-04 season.

“Alex is a crucial part of ‘Will & Grace’ and NBC Studios,” said Peacock studio topper Ted Harbert. “We’re thrilled to have him on board for another two years.”

Harbert said he’s also firmed up deals with several other key scribes/producers on “Will & Grace.” Kari Lizer will return as co-exec producer, while Tracy Poust is set to come back as supervising producer. Harbert said all of the show’s core writing/producing staff will be back next fall.

“Will & Grace” creators/exec producer David Kohan and Max Mutchnick remain actively involved with the skein, but next season will serve as showrunners of their new NBC laffer “Good Morning Miami.”

Before joining “Will,” Herschlag was a scribe-producer for ABC’s “Ellen.” He also had stints on “Norm,” “Hiller and Diller” and “Costello.”

Herschlag’s deal was brokered by Dan Brecher and the Rothman Agency, along with attorney Phil Klein. Poust is repped by Endeavor.