Fox is close to picking up another drama pilot, legal entry “The Circuit,” while thesp Jon Cryer (“Pretty in Pink”) has hopped on board the CBS pilot “Two and a Half Men.”
“The Circuit” comes from exec producers Barry Levinson, James Yoshimura, Tom Fontana and Gavin Polone, whose Pariah TV label is attached. Levinson, Yoshimura and Fontana collaborated on the critically acclaimed NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
Yoshimura and Fontana wrote the pilot to “The Circuit,” which details a circuit court case through the eyes of the jury. Project begins as the jury starts deliberations; the case then is told in flashback.
“The Circuit” (still a working title) is based on a project originally developed by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming at TNT; however, they are no longer involved.
Levinson and Yoshimura are repped by CAA, while Fontana is repped by UTA.
As for Cryer, the thesp will play Alan, the brother to Charlie Sheen’s character. “Two and a Half Men” comes from Warner Bros. TV.
While probably still best known as playing Duckie in the 1986 cult fave film “Pretty in Pink,” Cryer has starred in a number of sitcoms over the years, including the still highly regarded CBS entry “The Famous Teddy Z.”
Cryer most recently guested on “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” His other comedy credits include “The Trouble With Normal,” “Getting Personal” and “Partners.” He’s repped by Paradigm.
(Melissa Grego contributed to this report.)