Fox’s tentatively titled “Crazy Lawyers” project is adding some big names to its roster, recruiting thesp Chris O’Donnell, helmer Andy Fleming (“Dick”) and producer Barry Josephson.
Meanwhile, the go-go housing market has inspired yet another project this pilot season, as NBC greenlit a laffer from scribe Gail Gilchriest about competitive real-estate agents in Houston.
Also Thursday, CBS picked up a politically themed drama while ordering laffers from Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (“King of Queens”) and “Frasier” ex-pats Christopher Lloyd and Joe Keenan.
O’Donnell will play a lawyer who’s experienced a fall from grace in the 20th Century Fox TV-produced “Crazy Lawyers,” which comes from scribes Bill Chais and Jeff Rake. Josephson, who earlier had his drama “Brennan” picked up by Fox, has come on board as exec producer.
Josephson said O’Donnell’s character has had a mental breakdown and is now seeking “to not only recover his personal life but also put together the pieces of becoming a lawyer again.
“He’s a little bit on the edge all the time,” he said. “He’s potentially one step away from going back in the loony bin.”
As for Fleming, helmer’s credits also include “Threesome” and “The Craft.”
Meanwhile, Greg Yaitanes, who directed portions of ABC’s upcoming “Empire,” has signed on to direct the pilot for “Brennan.” Helmer’s also directed segs of “Lost” and “CSI.”
On the pilot pickup front, Peacock’s single-cam comedy entry “Hot Property” is the latest in a string of real-estate pilots to come along this winter — alongside entries such as the similarly titled comedy “Hot Properties” (set up at ABC) and drama “Westside” (also at the Alphabet).
Gilchriest (“My Dog Skip”) will exec produce the comedy, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Brad Grey TV.
Over at the Eye, Goldsmith and Yuspa are on board to exec produce “Stroller Wars,” which revolves around a young couple who adjust to life as new parents in New York City. Sony Pictures TV is producing.
Net also has picked up an untitled comedy from Keenan and Lloyd (who are writing and exec producing) about a family of single doctors. Project comes from Paramount Network TV.
CBS drama “Lancaster” focuses on the mayor of a mid-sized city who enjoys massive popularity even as he deals in backroom politics and shady deals. The scribes behind recent release “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” Kevin Kennedy and Niels Mueller (who also directed the pic), will write and exec produce the project (Daily Variety, Nov. 18).
Perry Simon also will exec produce; his Shore View Entertainment shingle is behind the cast-contingent drama pilot, along with Par Network TV.