NBC rules in favor of 'Rex'

NBC hands pilot order to legal comedic drama

NBC has handed a pilot order to the legal comedic drama "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," from Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun.

Written by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson, "Rex" centers on a lawyer who suffers panic attacks and takes up coaching clients to represent themselves in court.

"Law & Order" veteran Barry Schindel has come on board as showrunner on the project. He will executive produce with Leeds, Lampson, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.

Actor Leeds and novelist Lampson got their break as TV writers in 2005 when their comedy script "Stephen's Life" beat out 10,000 other entries to win Bravo's reality series "Situation: Comedy."

"Rex" was one of the first projects Berman and Lloyd developed after the 2007 launch of their company. They originally sold it to NBC that year under their first-look deal with NBC Universal. It first was sidelined by the writers strike; then NBC brass passed on it.

But Berman and Braun remained high on the project and, after the recent regime change at the network with Angela Bromstad taking over as entertainment president and Laura Lancaster as head of drama, they took the script to them.

This time, the response was positive, leading to the pilot order.

As an actor, Leeds next appears in the season premiere of Fox's "House," playing Dr. House's (Hugh Laurie) psychiatrist.

Lampson's new novel, "Impossible Things," is being published by Razorbill.

NBC has been actively looking to launch a legal franchise, most recently with David E. Kelley's "Legally Mad" this past development season.

Schindel is repped by CAA. For writing, Leeds and Lampson are repped by CAA and the Shuman Co.