‘New Girl’ Creator Liz Meriwether Extends 20th Century Fox TV Overall Deal

Executive producer’s “Bless This Mess” pilot was ordered for off-cycle consideration at Fox

Liz Meriwether
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Liz Meriwether is sticking with Fox. The “New Girl” creator has extended her overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, amid Disney’s pending purchase of the studio.

“Liz is the greatest, and we all hope she will stay at this studio forever,” Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox, President Creative Affairs, said in a statement Tuesday. “She’s a spectacular talent and an incredibly special person.”

“20th gave me my first job before I even owned Final Draft, and they’ve been an incredibly supportive home for me as an artist for almost a decade,” Meriwether said. “I’m thankful I get to continue making television with them — I wouldn’t want to be on conference calls with anyone else.”

Meriwether’s Zooey Deschanel-led sitcom wrapped this spring after a seven-season run on Fox and her Lake Bell-led pilot “Bless This Mess” was recently ordered for off-cycle consideration at the network. Meriwether is also executive producing the upcoming comedy “Single Parents” for ABC, with creator JJ Philbin and Katherine Pope. The single-cam series stars Taran Killam, Leighton Meester and Brad Garrett.

The producer joins a list of Fox showrunners who have chosen to extend their deals with the studio amid the upcoming Fox-Disney merger, including Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “Star”), Tim Minear (“9-1-1”) and Kurt Sutter (“Mayans MC”), among others.