Fox Orders Dramas From Antoine Fuqua, 'This Is Us' Team to Pilot

John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will also direct the pilot for 'Controversy,' which hails from 'Up in the Air' writer Sheldon Turner.
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From left: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Antoine Fuqua

Fox is looking to some famed directors for pilot season.

The network on Monday handed out pilot orders to a medical drama from Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua and a college-set rape drama from Crazy, Stupid, Love duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Resident, executive produced by Fuqua, centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern-day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.

Amy Holden Jones (Black Box), Hayley Schore (Code Black) and Roshan Sethi (Code Black) wrote the pilot. Jones will executive produce with Fuqua and Oly Obst, while Schore and Sethi are attached as co-exec producers. 20th Television will produce in association with 3 Arts Entertainment and Fuqua Films.

Fox's second drama pilot pickup, Controversy, is being executive produced by Requa and Ficarra, who will also direct the pilot, just as they did last season with NBC breakout hit This Is Us. Controversy follows the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence to a university administration under siege, the project explores the type of high-profile controversy all too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.

Crisis management expert and Scandal co-exec producer Judy Smith will also exec produce, along with Jennifer Klein (Pearl Harbor), Charlie Gogolak (This Is Us) and Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), with the latter writing the pilot. 20th will produce with Vendetta Productions and Zaftig Films.

The Resident and Controversy bring Fox's drama orders to six, all produced in-house by 20th Century Fox TV. The two join the network's Behind the Enemy Lines reboot, Matt Nix's X-Men drama, the adaptation of The Passage and Seth MacFarlane's space project Orville, which was ordered straight-to-series.

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