‘Family Guy’ Writers Sign Three-Year Deal with Fox
In this economy of fewer and fewer long-term showbiz deals, writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have found nirvana at 20th Century Fox TV. They’ve both been there since 2004, when the studio decided to raise ‘Family Guy‘ from the rerun graveyard, and now they’ve signed a three-year pact with the studio, according to Variety. Wow, they have something few writers do — job stability.
“[20th Century has] always been supportive,” says Sulkin. “We’ve had a home at 20th for a long time now, longer than most people work at most places.”
With this new contract, the writing duo continues to work on ‘Family Guy‘ and will also develop their own show. Right now, it looks like it will be a live-action comedy.
“[Sulkin and Wild are] uniquely funny, which is why Seth MacFarlane responded so well to them,” says Gary Newman, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox TV.
Although the duo says they’re not ruling out animation in the future, it is a bit surprising they’re not focusing on that development angle first. Not only have they had success writing it, but they’ve also voiced characters on the show. Sulkin, especially, is a voice talent, doing numerous characters on ‘Family Guy’ and now ‘The Cleveland Show.’
However, Sulkin and Wild did write on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.’ Maybe Fox has them brainstorming a late show since Conan O’Brien is headed to TBS? After all, they couldn’t do any worse than ‘The Chevy Chase Show.’