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‘The Carmichael Show’ Sets ‘New Girl’ Producer as Showrunner

Comedy writer and producer Danielle Sanchez-Witzel has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the new two-year pact, she will exec produce and serve as showrunner on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” for 20th and Universal Television.

Most recently, Sanchez-Witzel was a co-exec producer on Fox’s “New Girl.” Prior to that, she was under an overall deal with CBS Studios, where she worked on sitcom “The Millers,” plus her own development. For six seasons she has also been working with NBC, where she was a co-exec producer and consultant on “Whitney,” “Love Bites,” “100 Questions” and “My Name Is Earl.”

“Our relationship with Danielle dates all the way back to ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and she’s been doing terrific work for us on ‘New Girl’ this season,” said Jonnie Davis, Twentieth Century Fox Television president of creative affairs. “When we found out there was a chance to keep her in the family, we jumped at it. She has a big, bold voice that is perfect for ‘The Carmichael Show’ and we’re thrilled to have her on board running it.”

Sanchez-Witzel also worked on “The George Lopez Show” for ABC, plus “Happy Family” and “In-Laws” for NBC.

The Carmichael Show” comes from comedian Jerrod Carmichael who plays himself, along with cast members Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier, Lil Rel Howery and Amber Stevens West. The sitcom, which was handed a six-episode order, is inspired by Carmichael’s real-life relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father (Grier), his therapist-in training girlfriend (Stevens West), his hustling brother (Howery) and his mother (Devine), who is always right with Jesus.

Carmichael will also serve as an exec producer on the series, along with Sanchez-Witzel, Ravi Nandan and Nick Stoller (“Neighbors,” “Sex Tape”), who co-wrote the pilot script with Carmichael.

Sanchez-Witzel is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.

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