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Betsy Thomas plants flag at Universal TV

'My Boys' creator to work on 'Guys With Kids,' develop for studio

After getting “Whitney” off the ground last season as showrunner, Betsy Thomas has decided to stay in the Universal TV orbit, inking a two-year overall deal with the studio.

Pact calls for Thomas to develop new projects for the studio and to serve as a consulting producer on its multicamera sitcom “Guys With Kids,” working with showrunners Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz. She’ll also set to direct segs of the comedy from Jimmy Fallon’s Holiday Road shingle.

“Betsy is a very talented writer, producer and director,” said Universal TV exec veep Bela Bajaria. “We are excited to be developing half-hour shows with her this season that will have her unique comedic spin.”

Thomas has long been a sought-after comedy showrunner. Before “Whitney,” she created and exec produced “My Boys,” which ran four seasons on TBS. Thomas’ experience working with Universal TV and NBC execs last season made it an easy decision to stick with the studio, even as she was courted by other shops.

“I feel like it’s an exciting opportunity to be in a situation where a network and a studio are really trying to build comedy and make it a big priority,” Thomas said.

The chance to work part-time on “Guys With Kids” while developing her own projects was also a good fit for Thomas, who likes working in the multicam world.

“I believe in the future of multicamera comedies,” Thomas. “I want to help (foster the form) in whatever way I can. I feel like for these shows to be successes on NBC can only help everyone” in the creative community, she said.

Another plus for Thomas in aligning with Universal was the ability to work with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills shingle, also based at U TV. They worked on a project together last year and are determined to “figure out something to do together again,” she said.

Thomas is repped by WME and attorney Karl Austen of Jackoway Tyerman.

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