“Will & Grace” alum Gary Janetti has sealed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, where he’s already busy developing a laffer with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.
The rare — at least these days — comedy pact spans two years, with an option for a third. As part of the deal, he’s rejoined the “Family Guy” writing staff, of which he was part early in the animated skein’s run.
“This is an environment where we don’t intend to make a lot of overall deals,” said 20th Century Fox TV chair Dana Walden. “People in this company feel strongly about him.”
Janetti said he and MacFarlane have just started batting around ideas for their sitcom but plan to create a more traditional multicamera half-hour.
Janetti just rejoined the “Family Guy” team and said it’s “a little strange” to be back on the show now that it’s a big hit. Back when he worked on the show at the turn of the decade, “Family Guy” was still struggling to stay on the air.
“When I was there, most people weren’t even aware of it,” he said. “We were almost writing to entertain each other. Now there’s so much awareness about it.”
Janetti left “Family Guy” to join “Will & Grace,” where he ultimately served as showrunner-exec producer.
During his previous stint at 20th, Janetti developed several pilots that ultimately didn’t make it to air. Janetti’s credits also include “Bette” and “The Naked Truth.” He’s also provided several voices for “Family Guy.”