Lawyering up at ABC

Net nabs Schwartz's attorney skein

ABC emerged from a three-network bidding battle to secure an untitled hourlong dramedy from exec producer Josh Schwartz about a lovelorn lawyer.

“Chuck” exec producer Ali Adler is set to write the script, which has received a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet.

Warner Bros. TV is behind the project, which will be exec produced by Adler, Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein.

The project was inspired by a real-life high-powered Los Angeles-based female attorney who specializes in divorce and family law. Deal called for her identity to be kept secret.

Script will center on a female protag who has observed enough misery in her divorce and family law practice to vow never to take the plunge.

The project originated with Klein, a feature producer and acquaintance of the real attorney. She brought the idea to Turner, who wrote “Orbit,” a film she’s producing at Fox 2000. Turner, who most recently co-wrote “Up in the Air,” the Jason Reitman-directed comedy that stars George Clooney, earned a law degree before he began writing scripts.

Klein and Turner enlisted Schwartz and Savage, the “Gossip Girl” co-creators, who turned to Adler, whose previous TV credits include “Family Guy” and “Commander in Chief.”

Deal becomes the second recent series project to grow out of Schwartz’s series creation “Chuck,” as Schwartz recently sold a half-hour comedy to CBS that he co-wrote with “Chuck” exec producer Matt Miller.

Adler, Schwartz and Savage are repped by WME, Turner and Klein by CAA. Fuse manages Schwartz.

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