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V Showrunner Bell Signs WB Deal

Writer Jeff Bell, who is showrunning ABC's new V series, has inked an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, reports VARIETY. The two-year seven-figure deal will also see Bell developing shows in the future. Bell's main focus will be planning the future for V over several seasons. ABC hopes to run the series like LOST with a start, middle and ending all worked out from the start. The show will deal with topics such as government, devotion, race and faith.

ABC has already ordered 13 episodes of V, which will begin airing in January. Bell will exec produce the series with Scott Peters, who wrote the pilot episode, as well as Jason Hall and Steve Pearlman. Yves Simoneau was the director and exec producer on the pilot.

Bell previously exec produced the serialized drama HARPER'S ISLAND for CBS, DAYBREAK and ALIAS for ABC, and THE X-FILES for FOX.

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