September 27, 2013 10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Nikita' Writer, Eva Longoria Developing Conspiracy Drama for CW
The CW is staying in business with Nikita's Albert Kim.
The co-EP/writer behind the network's departing drama has set up a drama with the network and exec producer Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled drama revolves around a woman imprisoned for a double murder she didn't commit who earns her law degree while behind bars. After winning her freedom, she joins the high-powered law firm that she believes is at the center of the conspiracy that framed her.
Kim, who has been with Nikita from the start, will pen the script and executive produce the drama with Longoria and UnbeliEVAble's Ben Spector.
Longoria's UnbeliEVAble is based at Universal Television, but Kim's untitled drama was grandfathered in since she developed a legal show with WBTV and The CW last season. WBTV partnered Kim with Longoria after his work on the female-driven Nikita. He came up with the pitch and The CW bought it in the room.
For Longoria, this marks her second sale this development season. She has Trust, an hourlong soap based on Colombian telenovela Pura Sangre set up at ABC; and an untitled comedy inspired by sex therapist Laura Berman set up at NBC.
Nikita's six-episode fourth and final season has not yet been scheduled on The CW.
Kim (Leverage) is repped by ICM Partners; UnbeliEVAble is repped by CAA.