Scribe Barbie Adler, whose credits include two of the most critically acclaimed laffers in recent memory — “Arrested Development” and “My Name Is Earl” — has sealed a rich, two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
Twentieth Century Fox TV prexy Gary Newman said the studio had been nurturing Adler for some time, having previously employed her under a smaller overall deal. Twentieth execs have championed Adler ever since they first read some of her script material.
“This speaks to the benefit of finding someone you believe in early and on entering into a mutually beneficial relationship,” Newman said. “This was a writer who had a sense of what she wanted to do. She wasn’t looking to rush to the next step, but valued the idea of working inside the studio.”
Newman said the studio and Adler will decide in the next few weeks how to proceed with development; for now, she continues as a key member of the “Earl” team.
Once she does get going, Adler said she’d like to continue in the single-camera comedy genre.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work in single-camera the last three years — it’s creatively interesting and exciting to me,” she said. “There’s an opportunity there to do a different kind of comedy. I like how the single-camera world looks, and how you can open it up to go to interesting places.”
Adler said she also felt “fortunate” for her path at 20th.
“The studio has been great for me, as this job (‘Earl’) and the last job were really great, funny shows for me to be on,” she said. “Truthfully, I’d watch ‘Earl’ and ‘Arrested.’ Fortunately the shows I work on, I’d like to watch myself.”
Adler was part of the “Arrested Development” team that scored a comedy series Emmy in 2004; she spent two years on that laffer before moving on this year to “Earl,” where she’s a co-exec producer.
Adler’s other credits include “Boy Meets World,” “Bob Patterson” and “Hidden Hills.”