- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Fox tags 3 new series

Look for more lawyers — and a “Grey’s Anatomy” rip-off — on three upcoming Fox series.

The network has given the green light to the trio of one-hour pilots, Reuters news agency reports.

“Canterbury’s Law” centers on a headstrong female defense attorney who pushes the boundaries of the law to protect innocent clients, while “Supreme Courtships” is a comedic drama about the personal and professional lives of six Supreme Court clerks and their supervisors.

Perhaps “Courtships” will fare better than “Conviction,” the doomed NBC “Law & Order” spinoff that followed the personal and professional lives of district attorneys.

The third Fox series, an untitled nurses project, also is a dramedy. It follows the lives and loves of nurses in a big-city hospital — not unlike ABC’s “Grey’s,” which also keeps tabs on the romantic pursuits of its staffers in a big-city medical facility, the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital.

O.C.’ sire moves on

“The O.C.” may have been killed off last week, but its creator’s career is alive and well.

MediaWeek.com reports that Josh Schwartz has received a pilot order from the CW for a new drama called “Gossip Girl.” The show will be based on the popular young-adult book series about privileged teenagers in elite New York private schools.

Last week, Mr. Schwartz also received a pilot order from NBC for “Chuck,” a high-concept action comedy-drama about spies and twentysomethings in the vein of the John Cusack film “Grosse Pointe Blank.”

Fox announced Wednesday that it was canceling “The O.C.” Lead actress Mischa Barton left the show at the end of last season, and the ratings tanked without her.

TV’s top 5

Prime-time television’s top five shows for the week of Jan. 1 through 8, as reported yesterday by Associated Press and Nielsen Media Research were (in order) “NBC NFL Playoff Game 2: Dallas at Seattle,” NBC, followed by “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS; “NBC NFL Pre-Kick 2,” NBC; “Desperate Housewives,” ABC; and “Fox NFC Wildcard Post Game,” Fox.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web and wire reports.

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