EXCLUSIVE: The corporate walls are truly coming down this season, with broadcast networks’ affiliated studios selling to competing nets more actively than ever before. The latest example is an untitled drama project from former Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins, which has been sold by Universal TV, where Hudgins is under an overall deal, to CBS. Written/exec produced by Hudgins, the drama centers on an outrageous and irreverent Federal judge with lifetime tenure who bucks the system. The project brings Hudgins back to his legal roots — he was an attorney in Texas before embarking on a writing career.
Hudgins, creator of the Fox series Past Life, worked on Friday Night Lights for the series’ entire run, serving as co-showrunner with developer/exec producer Jason Katims on the final season, which earned the show’s first best drama series nomination and netted two major wins: best drama writing for the Katims-penned series finale and best actor for Kyle Chandler. For the last couple of seasons, Hudgins, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, has worked on Katims’ NBC series Parenthood where he currently serves as executive producer.