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CBS Orders Medical Crisis Drama Pilot

"Austen's Razor" centers on a character inspired by bioethics authority Arthur L. Caplan.

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Arthur L. Caplan

CBS is getting an early jump on pilot season 2014-15.

The network has handed out an early pilot order to medical crisis drama Austen's Razor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama centers on a brilliant bioethicist who is called in at crisis moments to solve the most complicated, dynamic and confounding medical issues imaginable. The character is inspired by Arthur L. Caplan, the foremost authority on bioethics, who works for New York University's Langone Medical Center and consults for companies and organizations around the globe.

Caplan will serve as a consulting producer and writer on the drama, which hails from Legendary Television and CBS Television Studios. David Klass (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Perri Klass (Runaway Virus) and Caplan are also on board to pen the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott and the Klasses will executive produce.

The drama marks CBS' first new pilot order of the season and an early sale in what has been an otherwise slow start to development season. The network also rolled two comedy pilots from last year: The Mistake and Taxi-22.

The Klasses are repped by Innovative Artists, Circle of Confusion and Jackoway Tyerman. Di Bonaventura and McDermott are repped by CAA.

The pilot pickup comes ahead of CBS' launch of drama Scorpion, based on the life of genius Walter O'Brien, in the fall. Austen's Razor marks di Bonaventura's return to TV following NBC's short-lived Zero Hour, which was canceled after one season last year.

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