20th TV sets up ‘Attorney’

Upcoming strip cleared 40% of the country

Twentieth Television is capitalizing on the success of gavel-strip “Divorce Court” with the sale of fellow-courtshow “Power of Attorney” to Fox O&Os for a fall 2000 launch.

With the deal, the upcoming strip has already cleared 40% of the country, with all 22 Fox O&Os on board in a cash-plus-barter agreement. Among the stations set to air the project are WNYW in New York, KTTV in Los Angeles and WFLD in Chicago.

The half-hour show will feature “name” attorneys ranging from Gloria Allred to Christopher Darden to F. Lee Bailey defending clients on-air and battling on a variety of legal issues.

The strip was designed as a potential companion show for “Divorce Court,” which debuted strongly in August and most recently pulled a 3.1 rating.

“We’re taking the highly successful courtroom genre to the next level,” said Rick Jacobson, prexy and chief operating officer of Twentieth.

“‘Divorce Court’ has been a tremendous success for us, and ‘Power of Attorney’ has some of the same key elements, giving viewers a unique perspective on the powerful human drama in the courtroom.”