Wilmer Valderrama has signed a one-year development and talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The deal states the studio will develop a project for Valderrama to star and produce. The star of That ‘70s Show will start meeting with writers next week and will consider both comedy and drama projects. He may also bring his own show ideas or opt to board a project that is already in development at the studio. If the project Valderrama is attached to does not get a green light, 20th TV can cast him in another pilot for next season.
“Wilmer is that great cousin who is funny and charming and talented, and you want him to come to every gathering,” 20th TV’s head of casting Sharon Klein said. “He is a breath of fresh air, all light and fun and smart.” He is now about to start a guest arc on the 20th/Fox comedy series Raising Hope where he will play Melanie Griffith’s boyfriend.
Valderrama is not new to 20th Century TV. Back during the 2010-11 season, he had a similar development/holding deal which resulted in his casting on the studio’s NBC drama series Awake. Before that, he starred in 20th TV’s hourlong comedy pilot for Fox The Emancipation Of Ernesto, and was attached to star in another 20th comedy project for Fox inspired by the work of “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan.
Valderrama is creator/executive producer of MTVTres’ Ricardo Laguna Project and webseries King Of The Floor for Electus’ Youtube Channel NuevOn. He will next be seen in Spike Lee’s The Girl Is In Trouble.