Schindel pilot sworn in at CBS


CBS has given a pilot order to an untitled legal drama pilot from writer-producer Barry Schindel and producers Ridley and Tony Scott.

The project, a redeveloped version of "Law Dogs," Schindel's 2003 pilot for NBC, is an ensemble drama following the lives, relationships, cases and careers of a team of public defenders.

CBS Paramount Network TV, where Schindel has an overall deal, is producing with studio-based Scott Free Prods.

Schindel penned the new script and is executive producing the pilot with Scott Free's Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David Zucker.

The project extends Schindel's relationship with Scott Free. He serves as executive producer/showrunner on the Scott Free/CBS Par TV crime drama for CBS "Numbers."

"Law Dogs," which was produced by Universal Network TV, along with another legal drama, "EDNY," received cast-contingent pilot orders from NBC in January 2003. Depending on the casting process, the network was to greenlight production on either "Law Dogs" or "EDNY," but not both. With "EDNY" securing William Baldwin for the lead two weeks later, that project got the pilot order.

Schindel said he knew he would do the show again the minute he heard from NBC that it was not going with it.

"This is a show I've always wanted to do, a show that needed to be done," Schindel said. "I made it my mission to make this show."

Former "Law & Order" showrunner Schindel also created and executive produced CBS' drama series "Robbery Homicide Division."

He is repped by CAA and attorney Tom Hoberman.
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