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Wrubel inks at ABC TV Studio

21 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Former Will & Grace executive producer Bill Wrubel has inked a two-year deal with ABC TV Studio.

Under the pact, he will serve as a co-executive producer on Ugly Betty, the studio's dramedy for ABC, and possibly develop new projects.

The recruitment of Wrubel is part of a changing dynamics behind the scenes of the popular freshman series, which is returning for a second season in the fall.

A large number of writers -- five -- were let go after the first season. Sources said the show is looking to trim its writing staff, adding fewer, more established writer-producers like Wrubel.

"This is standard attrition after the end of Season 1 of a hit show," a source close to production said. "Season 1 is about exploring themes and finding the show's voice, and now that we've successfully accomplished that, Season 2 of the show focuses on a core upper-level staff."

In addition to Wrubel, Dawn DeKayser (ABC's The Geena Davis Show) also has been added to Betty as a producer. »

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