Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves is returning to television with an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Reeves is expected to create, write and direct broadcast and cable projects as well as supervise other writers. Reeves was a feature writer-director (The Pallbearer) when he teamed with J.J. Abrams to co-create Felicity, which helped put the WB on the map. Since the end of the series in 2002, he has only directed two drama pilots — ABC’s Miracles and NBC’s Dick Wolf series Conviction — focusing his attention on features including directing the Abrams-produced sleeper hit Cloverfield and writing and directing Let Me In.
20th TV chairman Gary Newman said Reeves “has been one of the top 2-3 drama director names every pilot season that every studio goes to with their best projects.” Reeves had resisted returning to TV until now. “This is an incredibly exciting time in the television business and I look forward to working closely with my partners at 20th Television to develop innovative new series for both network and cable,” he said. In their recent meeting with Reeves, Newman said he and fellow chairman Dana Walden were impressed by “how much Matt loves developing characters, a form of storytelling that is found more in TV than any other media.” The hope is that Reeves, repped by CAA, 3 Arts, and Karl Austen, will develop projects for the studio as well as direct a pilot this season.