Lurie hooks up with Showtime for 'Jones'


Move over, Nancy Botwin: There is another sexy lady with a double life coming to Showtime.

The premium cable network has teamed with Rod Lurie for "Hilary Jones," a drama about a woman who works as a vice cop in Los Angeles during the week and as a legal prostitute in Nevada during the weekend.

"I found that character to be fascinating," said Lurie, who is writing the script and is on board to direct the potential pilot. "She is a woman who believes in the law who ends up working both sides of a prostitution ring."

Lurie is known for creating strong female characters with the feature "The Contender" and the ABC series "Commander in Chief."

"I hope it doesn't obliterate my credentials with women," he quipped about "Hilary Jones." "I imagine feminists will have us in their cross hairs, but once they see it, they will realize it is very warm and humanizing."

Lurie took the project straight to Showtime because of "Weeds," the network's dark comedy starring Mary-Louise Parker as pot-dealing widowed mom Nancy Botwin.

"She is so likable, and that's what I want to accomplish with ('Hilary')," said Lurie, who is exec producing the project with his Battle Plan Prods. partner Marc Frydman.

"Hilary Jones" marks Lurie's return to television. Most recently, he was based at ABC Studios until his deal was force majeured during the WGA strike.

"That was pretty brutal and questionable, but I always wanted to stay in television," he said.

Lurie, who most recently wrote and directed the feature "Nothing but the Truth," is repped by WMA and attorney Peter Nelson. (partialdiff)