Liman signs deal with Universal Cable Prods.

Directing new MTV comedy 'Pants Back'

Universal Cable Prods. has signed a two-year overall development deal with Doug Liman’s shingle, Hypnotic.

For the studio, Liman is directing a new half-hour comedy pilot for MTV titled “I Just Want My Pants Back.” Production will begin Aug. 30 in New York. David Rosen, who wrote the novel the show is based upon, is writing the pilot. Deal marks the first time UCP has developed a show for a net outside the NBC Universal family.

Deal marks the first time UCP has developed a show for a net outside the NBC Universal family. “Covert Affairs” and “Royal Pains” on USA Network are doing well for the studio, as is “Warehouse 13” on Syfy.

“I Just Want My Pants Back” is about twentysomething guys who, much to the chagrin of one member, make adult decisions. Casting is taking place in New York.

UCP also has a script in development for hourlong pilot “Pushers” for AMC, from “Law and Order: SVU” exec producer Neal Baer, who co-wrote with Roger Schulman and Michael Curtis. Show is about the world of pharmaceuticals.

Maira Suro, senior VP of current and development for UCP, said that since arriving at the studio from MTV, her mandate has been to increase output for networks outside the NBC U family.

“It’s been nice to see outside buyers,” Suro said. “Because of the track record with USA and Syfy, they know we know how to make pilots that get on the air.”

Liman, along with Hypnotic partner Dave Bartis, are exec producers on the studio’s most recent drama to launch, “Covert Affairs.” Showrunner James Parriott also exec produces.

Previously on the TV side, Hypnotic was attached to NBC’s “Knight Rider” and Fox teen hit “The O.C.” On the bigscreen, Liman has exec produced the last two films of the “Bourne” trilogy.

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