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‘Transformers,’ ‘Trek’ Team Tap 20th for TV

Writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will create and develop series for the News Corp. TV arm

Mega-movie machers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci — the writing duo behind the "Star Trek" reboot and "Transformers" — have landed at 20th Century Fox TV.

Beating out numerous other small screen suitors, the studio has signed Kurtzman and Orci to an exclusive (and almost certainly megabucks) three-year TV production and development deal that kicks in March 1. It’s the first time the pair have decided to go steady with one studio, though they’re hardly TV virgins.

Currently, Kurtzman and Orci are consulting producers on "Fringe," the Warner Bros. TV-produced drama in its second season on Fox. They created the series with J.J. Abrams.

In addition, Team K-O are "reimagining" the classic cop show "Hawaii 5-0" for CBS. Their past TV credits range from working on Abrams’ "Alias" to cutting their teeth on the 1990s syndicated action hours "Hercules" and "Xena."

Snagging Kurtzman and Orsi is a major coup for 20th chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who’ve been having The Best Season Ever, thanks to the let’s-start-counting-the-syndie-money-now success of "Modern Family" and the holy-crap-we-can’t-believe-the-ancilliary-revenues potential of "Glee."