CBS has passed on a drama pilot.
“The Advocates,” written by Bruno Heller (creator of “The Mentalist”), is directed by David Nutter. It starred Mandy Moore and Ben McKenzie as a female lawyer and male ex-convict (respectively) side-stepping the law to fix wrongs and fight for underdogs.
Warner Bros. TV produced the project and reportedly will shop it elsewhere.
Moore’s character Shannon was described as a “take no prisoners” ADA. She got into advocacy after discovering the truth about her past, and the connection she had to a man wrongly incarcerated.
“The Advocates” also starred Kathleen Gati (“General Hospital”), Chasty Ballesteros (“The Newsroom”), Pasha D. Lychnikoff (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Jamie McShane (“Southland”).
CBS, however, has picked up new drama series “Hostages” and “Intelligence.” “Hostages” comes from Warner Bros., while “Intelligence” is from ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios.
CBS also canceled long-running series “Rules of Engagement” and “CSI:NY” on Friday.
Moore (“A Walk to Remember,” “Saved!”) originally was going to co-star in “Pulling” on ABC. She left the comedy after writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky moved the character in another direction. Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Concords,” “30 Rock”) replaced Moore.