CBS picks up 'House Rules' drama pilot

Projects follows freshman congressmen in D.C.

CBS is playing by the "House Rules."

The broadcast network on Monday handed out a pilot order to the political drama from ABC Studios and "Grey's Anatomy" exec producer Mark Gordon.

The project, penned by feature writer Michael Seitzman ("North Country"), follows the freshman class of congressmen/women as they begin their careers in Washington.

Seitzman, Gordon and Deborah Spera are exec producing.

"House Rules" marks the second drama pilot for Seitzman and Gordon in the past few days. On Friday, ABC picked up his "Empire State." It is understood that for Seitzman, "House Rules" is in first position.

It also marks the first pilot order from a non-Disney network for ABC Studios, which was merged with ABC last month with a new mandate to focus on supplying its sister broadcast network.

The young faces of Capitol Hill have been mined several times in the past few development seasons with such pilots as the 2007 ABC comedy "The Hill" and Rod Lurie's 2004 ABC drama "Capital City" and its 2007 CW reincarnation "I'm Paige Wilson."

Seitzman is repped by ICM.
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