If “L.A. Law” returns to NBC next season, it’s unlikely Corbin Bernsen will be on hand to play America’s favorite sleazy divorce lawyer, Arnie Becker. Bernsen has cut a deal for a CBS pilot being developed by producer Michael Jacobs at Walt Disney TV.
According to Bernsen’s manager, Randy James, the Eye web has committed to paying the “L.A. Law” star for six episodes whether they pick up his pilot or not.
“Corbin would really like to do a half-hour instead of an hourseries,” said James. “He’d like to have that longer hiatus period todo more theatrical films.”
Bernsen will be seen in three features in the coming months, including the just-released “Major League II.”
Bernsen’s CBS project has him playing a once hard-hitting TV newsmag field producer forced to take a job running a local ayem chatshow when his wife resumes her own journalistic career, leaving him to take care of their kids.
If the pilot doesn’t get a pickup, Bernsen could still end up on a ninth season of “L.A. Law” if the series returns, either as a regular or occasional guest star.
James says if “L.A. Law” doesn’t come back, there’s likely to be a two-hour finale, which he says his client would try to make time to do. “A lot of things are obviously up in the air right now,” James said. “Corbin hopes the project for CBS works, but this could all still play out in a variety of ways.”