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20th Century Fox TV Inks Overall Deal with ‘Life in Pieces’ Creator

20th Century Fox Television has inked an overall deal with “Life in Pieces” creator Justin AdlerVariety has learned.

The pact secures Adler’s exec producing and writing responsibilities on “Life in Pieces” for two years, plus allows him to bring development projects into the studio.

“‘Life in Pieces’ is as unique and groundbreaking in its format as it is heartwarming and funny — it’s no wonder it became the highest rated new comedy of last season. Full credit goes entirely to its creator Justin Adler, who wrote the pilot on spec and delivered an inspired take on the family sitcom based on experiences and relationships from his own life. This deal keeps this gifted, inventive writer we love running the show, and allows us to develop other projects with him going forward,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs.

In its first season, “Life in Pieces” ranked as the 2015-16 season’s top new comedy across broadcast networks, averaging 10.53 million viewers in total.

The family sitcom stars Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg. 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment are behind the comedy Adler, Kaplan, Jason Winer, Jeff Morton and Brad Copeland all serving as exec producers.

Aside from creating “Life in Pieces,” Adler’s television credits include “Better Off Ted,” “Samantha Who?” and “Less Than Perfect.” On the film side, he penned “The Escort,” which was included on The Annual Blacklist in 2010.

Adler is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman. He is also repped by Kaplan as his manager.

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