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House producer heading to Court K

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 15th 2008 12:02PM
Paul AttanasioPaul Attanasio, House executive producer, has conjured up a legal drama for Fox. The network greenlighted a one-hour pilot, Court K, which is set in Milwaukee and involves a judge, a prosecutor and a public defender. Just because it's set in Milwaukee, don't expect to see Laverne and Shirley.

Like House is not your typical medical drama, Court K will not be a typical lawyer show, not that Boston Legal is typical, but you know what I mean. Court K is reportedly a lot grittier, with sardonic, dark comic elements. We'll have to see if any of the principals are hooked on Vicodan. I wonder if it'll remind me of the movie ...And Justice For All, which was also a dark comic look at a Baltimore courthouse. But then, wasn't that Night Court, too?

Attanasio is an interesting and prolific writer. He was once the film critic for the Washington Post before breaking into movies by writing the screenplay for Robert Redford's Quiz Show in 1985. He won an Oscar nomination for that script, and another for Donnie Brasco in 1998. On TV, though, he really made his mark writing for Homicide: Life on the Streets and Gideon's Crossing -- so you could say he and Andre Braugher had a good thing going.

In 2006, he split his time producing House by writing the screenplay for The Good German, but even George Clooney couldn't make that picture watchable.

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My guess is that he setting Court K in Milwaukee in some kind of nod to his brother, Mark, who owns the Milwaukee Brewers.

March 15 2008 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fox doesn't seem to like Canterbury's Law. But yeah they want to do a House in Court and I doubt it will work. They need to pick a great actor to have any hope.

March 15 2008 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't think this will succeeed, it has a terrible name. Also, didn't FOX just pick up that show "Canterbury's Law?" It seems like FOX is pushing this concept of "House in Court" type of show.

March 15 2008 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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