Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Sulkin and Wild have been at the studio since 2004 when they joined 20th TV’s Fox series Family Guy. The duo spent the last nine seasons on Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy animated comedy, working their way up the ranks to executive producers. This past season, Sulkin and Wild teamed with MacFarlane for a live-action project, Dads, which received a straight-to-series order from Fox based on the pilot script written by Sulkin and Wild. Under the overall pact with 20th TV, the two will continue as executive producers on Dads, which landed on Fox’s fall schedule. “We’ve valued them on Family Guy where they’ve done a great job,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “Dads was the first opportunity to work with them independently on a project that was not Family Guy, and they showed incredible talent, along with their dark, twisted sense of humor. They do what the best executive producers do in comedy — they keep working on their scripts, keep making them better.” Newman was referring to the pilot script for Dads. When a decision was made after the original taping to racast one of the leads with Giovanni Ribisi, Sulkin and Wild reworked the script, not also tailoring the character to Ribisi but also punching up some areas, resulting in what the network and studio hailed as a much stronger pilot. UTA-repped Sulkin and Wild are currently in production on MacFarlane’s next feature, A Million Ways To Die In The West, which the two co-wrote with MacFarlane and are executive producing. As for MacFarlane, he remains committed to Dads despite a busy TV and film schedule, flying back for table reads, run-throughs and tapings and weighing in on stories and scripts.
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