‘Century’ on Eye docket

Attanasio finds elusive 'franchise with a twist'

CBS has picked up the futuristic legal drama “Century City” for midseason.

Eye ordered eight episodes of the Universal Network TV series, in addition to the show’s pilot. Project, from Paul Attanasio’s Heel & Toe Films shingle, revolves around a small L.A.-based law firm that takes on legal issues relating to life in the year 2053.

Attanasio exec produces, along with Katie Jacobs and scribe Ed Zuckerman.

“What everybody talks about is finding a franchise with a twist,” Attanasio said. “The idea of a law show set 50 years into the future is exactly that. It’s a way to comment on the present by using the law as a window into society.”

Attanasio and Jacobs said the show takes a more upbeat, rather than apocalyptic, approach to the future. “What’s unique is in the world that Ed created we’ve made progress, the future looks good, but challenges come with it,” Jacobs said.

Attanasio and company are currently staffing the show, which begins shooting in October.

“Century City” stars Nestor Carbonell, Viola Davis, Hector Elizondo and Eric Schaeffer as partners in the law firm Crane, Constable, McNeil & Montero; Ioan Gruffudd and Kristin Lehman play young associates.

“It’s a wonderful cast, with no holes,” Attanasio said. “We’re excited to get going and continue thinking about what the future’s going to look like.”

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