Two of network television's most venerable genres have beefed up their ranks, as yet another legal drama and another medical drama have been put into development.
Following a heated bidding war with CBS, ABC handed a pilot production commitment to a legal drama from House creator/executive producer David Shore. Written and exec-produced by Shore, a former attorney himself, the untitled project is described as a high-end, character-driven procedural centered on a former police officer turned low-rent lawyer. Cunning but charming, he uses his street smarts to the advantage of his clients while battling his own demons and trying to reunite with his ex-wife. This is the first project that Shore has assembled since House ended its eight-season run on FOX this past May.
Having failed to land Shore's legal drama, CBS looked for a medical drama instead and purchased one from Hawaii Five-O showrunner/executive producer Peter Lenkov and feature film writer Jason Dean Hall. Also untitled, this project is about an iconic tech billionaire—think Steve Jobs—who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and responds by building a hospital and recruiting an elite team of the top doctors in the world to battle his disease. Of course, he soon learns that his true salvation comes from saving the lives of others. Serving as executive producer, Lenkov also co-wrote the successful Hawaii Five-O reboot with Hollywood heavyweights Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.
So... more legal and medical dramas. Where do you think these two projects will fit in?