ABC give six-episode commitment to show
There’s new order in “The Court,” as John Wells and Carol Flint (“ER”) are in talks to take over producer duties on the troubled Sally Field drama for ABC.
If finalized, Warner Bros. Television would inherit production on the hourlong midseason drama from Touchstone Television. Touchstone might still warrant a production credit at the end of the show, but sources otherwise expect Warner Bros. to acquire all of the show’s operations — including deficits and backend rights.
In conjunction with the change-over, ABC has given Warner Bros. a six-episode commitment to “The Court.” Rather than shooting a new pilot, the revamped show will immediately go into production — although the first episode will be written and shot like a traditional series pilot.
ABC had originally planned to premiere “The Court” Mondays at 10 p.m. starting in January, after “Monday Night Football” ends its run. But insiders now say the revised show won’t be ready for air until late March.
CAA, which packaged “The Court,” negotiated the deal to bring in agency clients Wells and Flint. Flint, who will take over showrunner duties from executive producers Rob Scheidlinger and Oliver Goldstick, is expected to completely revamp “The Court.”
It had already been revamped once: Kellie Martin joined the cast this summer to replace Alicia Witt, who ankled. In the show’s new incarnation, Field will remain and continue to play a Supreme Court justice, but insiders say everything else is up in the air. The new “Court” is expected to take a less “West Wing”-style approach and instead focus on Field’s character outside of her day job.
Warner Bros., ABC and Touchstone still have to iron out which writing staff and cast members will make the jump to the new Wells/Flint “Court.”