This is a topical project given the big healthcare debate at the moment. CBS has out in development The Advocate, a drama from CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn and Scandal co-exec producer Judy Smith, the crisis management consultant the series’ Olivia Pope was based on. Written by Ayelet Waldman, The Advocate centers on a former doctor who has found her calling as a medical advocate, where she works on behalf of patients and their loved ones, solving medical crises and mysteries, and guaranteeing people the care they deserve. CBS TV Studios and Carol Mendelsohn Prods produce, with Waldman, repped by the RWSG Literary Agency, exec producing alongside Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and Smith. This marks WME-repped Carol Mendelsohn Prods.’ third sale this season, along with a 1960s Surf Project at the CW penned by Rebecca Sinclair, and Law Man written by Mark Gibson and Philip Halprin for NBC. Smith is with WME.
Meanwhile, ABC has bought a medical drama based on the 2012 Spanish series Frágiles, set in the high-stakes rehab center of a Level 1 trauma hospital. The untitled project centers on a highly regarded, eccentric trauma surgeon who has a near-death experience, after which he decides to put down his scalpel and treat patients’ physical challenges by making them confront their emotional ones. Thompson Evans is writing the adaptation and will executive produce with Bob Sertner (Mistresses, Revenge) of Bob Sertner Prods, the original series’ executive producer Victor Garcia of Island Prods — which produced the Spanish series — and Powwow’s Daniel Gutman. Frágiles, created by Garcia, Victor Mato, and Manu Sanabria, has aired two seasons on Spanish channel Telecinco. It is available in the U.S. on Hulu.