Legal dramas have been hot this season, and several of them draw on the experiences of well-known women in the field. Fox has given a script plus penalty commitment to Justice, legal drama from Scandal co-executive producer Judy Smith, who was the inspiration for the lead character in Shonda Rhimes’ Washington drama.
Written by Jeremy Miller and Daniel Cohn (Entourage) and inspired by Judy Smith’s own story, Justice centers on a high-powered African American woman who is made the new U.S. Attorney and how she works with her team of attorneys who take on local and federal cases all the while trying to fix the problems in their own life before secrets unravel.
Smith served as an Assistant United States Attorney and was Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia before she took a job at the White House as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush and subsequently launched her crisis management company that inspired Scandal’s Olivia Pope and Associates.
Miller, Cohn and Smith executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Justice reunites the auspices behind multi-generational political family drama House Of The Rising Sin. That project, also from 20th TV, written/executive produced by Miller and Cohn and executive produced by Smith, was developed last season when it was set up at NBC.
Miller and Cohn, who landed on the Black List with their original feature screenplay, The Portland Condition, are repped by WME and Morris Yorn.
In addition to serving as co-executive producer on Scandal, Smith also co-executive produces BrainDead, CBS’ summer drama series created by Michelle and Robert King. She is with WME and Ziffren Brittenham.
In addition to Smith’s Justice at Fox, NBC has legal drama from former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark and CBS has a legal drama based on Judge Judy.