ABC orders Dave Hemingson pilot

Hourlong legal dramedy among hopefuls leftover from fall

Dave Hemingson and ABC are at it again.

The network has handed the writer and 20th TV a pilot order for an hourlong legal project.

This past development cycle, Hemingson penned ABC/20th TV's untitled legal dramedy pilot, an ensemble about a law school grad (Matt Long) from a blue-collar background who joins a Los Angeles boutique law firm. The pilot had solid buzz but missed the cut for a series pickup in August.

Still, the network is said to have liked Hemingson's writing, the law firm setting and some of the actors, including Long.

It is understood that the new project would be more dramatic and emotional in tone. It isn't clear whether any cast members of this year's pilot will stay on for the new one.

At least two other ABC pilots that were not ordered to series in August -- the ABC Studios-produced comedy "Never Better" starring Damon Wayans, which is said to be undergoing some tweaking, and Warner Bros. TV's fantasy "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas" -- continue to be in the mix.
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