Victor Fresco has moved to another part of the universe, sealing a rich, three-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.
Fresco, who created and exec produced the critical fave “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” previously spent 10 years at Paramount Network TV.
His final show under his Paramount deal, the laffer “Life on a Stick,” bows on Fox in January.
Fresco’s new, seven-figure pact kicks off in June. Scribe said he was looking for a home that would match his comedic sensibilities.
The writer said he was bothered by a return to blandness in the half-hour comedy genre, as shows look and feel like they’re straight out of the 1980s.
“Fox still swings for the fences. They try to do stuff that’s different and outside,” he said. “TV has gotten more conservative, and it will be fun to be someplace where I can try to do fun, interesting work.”
Fresco’s no stranger to the folks at 20th Century Fox, which co-produced “Andy Richter” with Par.
“I just hope Fox can do for my career what they have done for George Bush’s,” he quipped.
Overall deals are a rare commodity these days — and three-year pacts are few and far between. That makes Fresco’s pact easily one of the largest of this development season.
“Victor is one of those guys you just step up for,” said 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden. “He just comes at comedy in a unique way.”
Walden said when she reads Fresco’s writing, “I find myself meeting people who seem familiar and yet they’re fleshed-out, unique characters. There’s a comfort to his writing, but there’s also a fresh twist.”
Fresco also has demonstrated he has showrunning chops as well as the ability to work well with execs.
“He has a reputation about being thoughtful about their concerns while never taking a note he doesn’t believe in,” Walden said.
In addition to “Andy Richter,” Fresco created and exec produced ABC laffer “The Trouble With Normal.” His other credits include “Fired Up,” “Mad About You,” “Almost Perfect,” “Evening Shade” and “Dinosaurs.”
“Life on a Stick” was originally titled “Related by Family,” until the network and producers decided to shift the show’s focus. Laffer revolves around recent high school grads who can’t figure out what to do with their lives, so they pass the time working at a hot dog joint at the local mall food court.
BWCS-repped Fresco created and exec produces “Life on a Stick.”