EXCLUSIVE: After 14 years and three series at 20th Century Fox TV, Greg Garcia is moving to CBS TV Studios. In the biggest overall deal for a writer so far this year, the My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator has signed a four-year pact with CBS TV Studios to develop new projects. As part of the agreement, he will remain as showrunner on Fox’s Raising Hope for its upcoming third season while working on development for CBS Studios.
Garcia started off at 20th TV with a stint as a writer on the short-lived Getting Personal before creating his first series for the studio, the 2000 multi-camera comedy Yes, Dear, which ran on CBS for six seasons. (Garcia co-created the series with Alan Kirschenbaum.) Through that series, Garcia worked with CBS TV Studios president David Stapf in his previous role as head of current programming at CBS. “Greg is truly one of the funniest people I know, and certainly one of the elite comedy showrunners,” said Stapf, who had pursued Garcia for several years. “He is a rare creative talent, who has created successful shows in both the multi- and single-camera form across a variety of networks.” Reps for Garcia said he was unavailable for comment as he was indisposed preparing for a colonoscopy.
Garcia, repped by CAA and attorney Sam Fischer, is the biggest-name comedy showrunner to join CBS Studios’ roster, which includes such drama heavyweights as Carol Mendelsohn and Shane Brennan. He won an Emmy for writing the pilot of the first of his two single-camera comedy series for 20th TV, NBC’s My Name Is Earl.