’24’ scripter Gordon re-pacts with Fox

Three top exec producers locked into show

Vet scribe Howard Gordon will be calling 20th Century Fox TV home for the next three years.

Studio has extended Gordon’s overall deal through May 2006. In addition to continuing as exec producer of the studio’s hit drama “24,” Gordon will likely create and develop projects as part of the deal.

With Gordon’s pact done, 20th has locked up the three main exec producers on “24.” Studio recently completed overall pacts with skein creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.

Gordon has worked with 20th since 1992 as a producer and writer on skeins such as “The X-Files,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” He’s had some sort of a deal with the studio since 1993.

“Howard is sort of the ultimate versatile player for this studio,” said 20th Century Fox TV prexy Gary Newman in an interview with Daily Variety. “He’s worked on a number of our successful shows, playing an important role in ‘The X-Files’ and now ’24.’ And we’re excited about the prospect of developing with him (again).”

Newman said Gordon, in addition to being a talented writer, has the ability to deliver under a number of difficult situations. He also gets along with everyone, Newman said.

Gordon indicated switching studios was never really an issue. “I really feel like I’m having the best time of my career right now,” he said. “I enjoy the show and the people who work on it. And as much as anyone can say in this nomadic business of ours, 20th feels like home. I feel very supported by the culture there, so why upset the apple cart?”

During his time at 20th, Endeavor-repped Gordon created the short-lived ABC drama “Strange World.” He said he has a few ideas about possible new projects, though for now, “24” will be his priority.