×

Haggis inks three-year, first-look deal with Col

Emmy-winning creator lays down the 'Law'

Columbia TriStar TV has inked a three-year, first-look deal with Paul Haggis, the Emmy Award-winning creator of “EZ Streets” and “Due South,” whose drama pilot “Family Law” was picked up by CBS on Wednesday.

Haggis is co-creator and writer of “Family Law,” and he plans to direct the one-hour pilot, which is about a successful family law attorney whose husband and law partner suddenly files for divorce and takes away most of her clients. Also writing, co-creating and co-executive producing is Anne Kenney (“L.A. Law,” “Michael Hayes”). Mark Harris is co-executive producing.

“It’s an ensemble with a strong female point of view,” Haggis said. “The office is sort of a dysfunctional family.”

Haggis said his idea for the series came from his own divorce, which has dragged out for the past seven or eight years, he said. “I can work out some of that here,” Haggis said, while stressing that “nothing (in the series) is based on my ex-wife.”

Haggis, who co-created the Eye web’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” already had a prior multiple-series commitment from CBS, which has now been adopted by Columbia TriStar, where his deal is not exclusive.

In addition to the shows he has created, Haggis was executive producer of “Michael Hayes,” and he has written and produced for comedies and dramas including “thirtysomething,” “L.A. Law,” “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The Facts of Life.”

Haggis deal was brokered by Mark Harris, Peter Dekom and Larry Becsey.

More TV

  • Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones

    Emmys 2019 Nominations: HBO Back at the Top, As 'Game of Thrones' Makes History

    HBO’s back — and the Television Academy has finally got its Schitt together. The Emmy nominations failed to disappoint on Tuesday morning, recognizing critically acclaimed series such as “Schitt’s Creek” and “Fleabag,” and giving TV juggernaut “Game of Thrones” a rousing farewell. “Thrones” broke the record books this year, scoring an astounding 32 nominations — [...]

  • Game of Thrones finale

    'Game of Thrones' Breaks Emmys Record for Most Nominations in a Single Season

    “Game of Thrones” is going out with a bang. For its final run, the HBO fantasy epic scored 32 nominations for the Emmy Awards Tuesday morning, the most for any program in a single season. That record was previously held by “NYPD Blue,” which scored 26 nominations in 1994. Over its full eight seasons, “Game [...]

  • Emmy Nominations Placeholder

    Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' Helps HBO Retake Nomination Lead Over Netflix

    The 32 Emmy nominations earned by “Game of Thrones” — the most for any program in a single season — put HBO back in the No. 1 spot for most nominations by platform this year, giving it a total of 137 and easily beating Netflix’s 117. Both platforms had a forceful presence in each category. [...]

  • AtmosphereCreative Arts Emmy Awards, Governors Ball,

    Emmys 2019: List of Nominations

    Nominations for the 71st annual Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday morning , and “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” dominated nods for TV’s top honors. The buzzy final season of HBO’s epic fantasy season picked up a leading 32 nominations, but “Game of Thrones” isn’t the only top contender in the drama category. [...]

  • An Emmy statue stands outside the

    How to Watch the 2019 Emmy Nominations

    Ken Jeong and D’Arcy Carden are gearing up to present 71st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, and cord cutters can still tune in to find out who might take home TV’s top honors. The nomination ceremony will begin on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. PT/ 11:30 a.m. ET from the Saban Media Center in Los Angeles. Jeong [...]

  • NBC News - Quibi

    NBC News to Produce Two Daily Shows for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi

    NBC News has joined Quibi’s ambitious bid to build a mobile subscription TV service. NBCUniversal’s news division plans to build a custom set at 30 Rock where it will produce daily morning and evening newscasts, seven days per week, for Quibi, the well-funded mobile video startup from chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman. The [...]

  • David Harbour Comedy Special 2019

    TV Review: 'Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein'

    One thing the new mockumentary “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” does quite well is prove that there are perks to appearing on a streaming service’s signature hit. David Harbour, the stolid and familiar presence from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” is given the opportunity to cut loose here with a broad, loopy half-hour that feels a bit like [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content