One of the most successful combinations in network drama has been CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer and crime procedural. Now the ingredients are back together in a new hourlong project — this time on the legal side — which has received a put pilot commitment from CBS. Acquittal, which hails from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based, will be written by one of JBT’s go-to writer-producers, Rick Eid. It is based on the nonfiction book Acquittal: An Insider Reveals The Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts by trial consultant Richard Gabriel. Acquittal centers on an influential trial consultant who works alternately for the prosecution and the defense, using unorthodox ideas and tactics, often more psychological than legal. Eid is executive producing with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, while KristieAnne Reed co-executive produces.
This marks a return to the courtroom for Eid, who spent eight years as a lawyer and investment banker before switching to writing. He has strong legal-drama background, having worked on one of the biggest legal franchises in television, Dick Wolf’s Law & Order. Eid worked on the mothership series as well as Law & Order: Trial By Jury and Wolf’s Conviction.
WME-repped Eid has worked on a number of JBT series, including exec producer/showrunner stints on TNT’s Dark Blue and last season’s serialized drama Hostages on CBS and serving as a co-executive producer on the long-running CBS forensic drama CSI. In addition to the hugely successful CSI franchise, the list of CBS/JBT procedurals that have run for multiple seasons include cop dramas Without a Trace and Cold Case as well as legal drama Close to Home.
CAA-repped JBT has three series, all on CBS — mothership series CSI, the franchise’s latest offshoot, the upcoming CSI: Cyber, as well as unscripted veteran The Amazing Race, which is coming off another best competition reality series Emmy win. The company just received a pilot order at TNT for its untitled cocaine project.