Hatem, Fineman exec producing drama pilot
The CW is laying down the law, greenlighting production on the “Erin Brockovich”-esque drama pilot “Wrecking Ball.”And in other pilot news, “That ’70s Show” star Kurtwood Smith is among several thesps joining the cast of the CBS comedy pilot “Worst Week.” As for “Wrecking Ball,” Richard Hatem (“Miracles”) and Ross Fineman are exec-producing the hour. Project is from Fox TV Studios, which has an overall deal with Fineman. Tentatively titled drama revolves around a young politico from a well-known family dynasty. When his electoral ambitions are derailed by a scandal, a campaign aide — with whom he has a feisty relationship — convinces him to use his connections to help a cancer patient fighting the medical establishment. He and the aide are then inspired to open a law firm devoted to helping out seemingly lost causes. Project is being described by CW insiders as “Moonlighting” meets “Erin Brockovich.” Hatem wrote the pilot script. As for “Worst Week,” Smith and Nancy Lenehan (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) will play the parents of the lead character’s fiancee. Erin Hayes (“The Winner”) has also been cast as the fiancee. Universal Media Studios and Hat Trick are producing the pilot for CBS. Laffer revolves around a man (Kyle Bornheimer) and his struggle to deal with his new family.