O'Donnell enjoying 'Island' life with FX

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FX is developing a New York-set police drama with former "West Wing" writer/executive producer Lawrence O'Donnell and Mandalay Television.

"Staten Island," a co-production of FX Prods. and Fox 21, centers on a compromised police chief based in the borough. Should the project go forward, it could become a successor to FX's long-running cop drama "The Shield," which bows out Nov. 25.

CAA-repped O'Donnell, who won an Emmy for best drama series in 2001 as part of "The West Wing's" production team, is writing and is attached as executive producer.

Elizabeth Stephen, president of Mandalay TV (Showtime's "Brotherhood"), spearheaded the development of the drama and brought O'Donnell onto the project. She is overseeing for Mandalay with vp development David Levine. (partialdiff)
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