Shondaland, Scandal Scribe Land Legal Drama Pilot at ABC

Scandal scribe’s latest project is now on the docket at ABC.

The network recently greenlit a pilot for Paul Davies’ as-yet-untitled drama about young lawyers working opposite sides of the same cases, TVLine has learned.

The potential series would take place in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, known as the “Mother Court,” and would follow attorneys for the prosecution and defense “as they handle the most high profile and high stakes case in the country, all as their personal lives intersect,” per the official logline.

Shondaland and ABC Studios will produce the project.

The Davies project joins other recently-ordered ABC pilots, including Marc Cherry’s Reba-fronted Southern cop drama and Libby & Malcolm, a political pundit comedy starring Felicity Huffman (American Crime) and Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson).

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  1. Bob says:

    Oh boy just what the world needed.

  2. Steven says:

    I’m a sucker for a good legal procedural so I’d check it out.

  3. herman1959 says:

    This sounds like a ripoff of 100 Centre Street, but sexier, not unlike Scandal (a ripoff of The West Wing, but sexier). Um, I think I’ve just talked myself out of this one.

    • Jamie says:

      Is Scandal a rip-off of The West Wing. I don’t watch it, so forgive me if I get this wrong, but isn’t it a show about a woman that cleans up/prevents big messes made by government folks? How is that like The West Wing?

      • LaDonna says:

        I guess because it takes place in the White House…that’s enough for some people. I don’t watch it either.

      • herman1959 says:

        You would had to have seen Scandal (especially seasons 1-2) to know what a mean – similar issues, power relationships, plot lines, photography, etc. Shonda has given interviews where she admitted being influenced by The West Wing because she has seen every episode.

  4. Ray says:

    Finally, season 3 of Raising The Bar.

  5. YestoKylie says:

    I hope they cast the actor who played Wes on HTGAWM…..I can’t imagine not seeing him on my screens.

  6. Ange says:

    It will be interstinf. With past shows after the first season or the second for sure, I got bored. How To Get Away With Murder was a season and a half.

  7. mrmcgee says:

    Yet another legal show with a bunch of hot young things blah blah blah dramacakes.

  8. T.W.S.S. says:

    Didn’t ABC just cancel Conviction, which many decried as a Shonda knockoff. It will be interesting to see how this show performs.

  9. :-) says:

    Might have been more fun to move it to Atlanta, Nola, or Houston. Have we not done a thorough exploration of the NY court scene?

  10. They had me at Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance. These two are among the most talented actors on TV today.

  11. popeye013 says:

    But wait….
    ABC has a legal procedural drama, Conviction!

  12. Laura says:

    Because Notorious and Conviction did so well…

  13. Geo says:

    Another show from Shonda, another show about lawyers.

    Wow, ABC is simply astonishing at giving us creative shows full of new ideas.