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Haggis outside ‘Law’

Exec producer ankles CBS' Quinlan starrer

Paul Haggis has up and left his “Family.”

The executive producer will part ways with the CBS drama “Family Law,” which enters its third season this fall. Stephen Nathan and David Shore, who have been with the show since its fall 1999 debut, continue as exec producers.

Haggis said he’ll focus on developing new projects and fulfilling his commitments to ATG and CBS. The scribe signed a seven-figure overall deal with ATG last September and separately has a two-series commitment at the Eye.

Haggis’ reps say it’s still unclear how involved the producer will remain with “Family Law,” which is produced by Columbia TriStar TV and CBS Prods. His Paul Haggis Prods. shingle still will get a production card at the end of the show’s credits, but it hasn’t been decided how Haggis will be credited in the show.

Haggis and Anne Kenney co-created the show, which stars Kathleen Quinlan as a lawyer who struggles to keep her firm open after her husband leaves her.

“It’s time for me to (go),” Haggis said. “The studio agreed, and I always planned to turn the show over to Steve and David. I think they’re going to do a fabulous job.”

After a slow start, Haggis said he believed “Family Law” did “really terrific work” in the show’s sophomore season.

“The less I had to do with the show, the better it got,” he quipped.

Haggis admitted his sensibility may have been a little too edgy for the show, and said his next project probably will be more “outside of the box.” The producer said he’s currently kicking around three ideas.

“It’s tough, because you want to find a show that will really feed your soul and will also be a commercial success,” he said.

Haggis, who is repped by agent Larry Becsey, won two Emmys for his work on “thirtysomething” and also wrote for “L.A. Law,” among other credits. The scribe created and executive produced the CBS drama “EZ Streets,” which attracted critical acclaim but failed to entice viewers.

“I’ve had some great critical successes that have gone nowhere,” he said. “It was important to me (in the case of ‘Family Law’) to get a quality show on and stay on the air.”

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