'Worthy' cause at Fox

Network picks up drama spec from Davey Holmes

Fox has found "Worthy," a hot drama spec by "In Treatment" writer Davey Holmes, worthy of a pilot commitment with penalty.

The network is said to be close to tapping a casting director for the project, which has been laid off at sister studio 20th Century Fox TV.

Executive produced by Holmes and Gavin Polone, "Worthy"

follows an Arizona politician named Worthy whose struggle to do the right thing takes a wrong turn after he is involved in a hit-and-run and gets blackmailed by a mob boss.

"I'm fascinated by moral dilemmas in politics," Holmes said. "I also love the intensely colorful characters who spring from that world, the sweaty dance they do as they angle for power, weighing personal beliefs against their desperate need to win the next election."

The show was inspired by recently fallen politicians including Eliot Spitzer and Rod Blagojevich. Holmes said "Worthy" will feature homages to real pols, including Sen. Larry Craig and his bathroom-stall incident.

"Worthy" seemed destined for cable, but an enthusiastic response from Fox programming chiefs Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice steered the script to Fox, Holmes said.

The WME-repped Holmes, who works on ABC's midseason drama "Happy Town," won a WGA Award this year in the new series category as part of the "Treatment" writing staff.

His series credits also include ABC's "Pushing Daisies" and FX's "Damages," the latter of which earned him a 2008 WGA nomination in the same category.

After a slow start, the TV buying marketplace has heated up during the past several weeks.

Spec scripts also have been a hot commodity this summer.

In addition to "Worthy," Fox recently picked up "The Rednecks & Romeos," a multicamera comedy spec by Mark Brazill.