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Marcia Clark Legal Drama Lands Pilot Commitment from NBC

Potential Project Slated for 2017

On the heels of the success of FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” comes word that former prosecutor Marcia Clark will co-write a legal-themed drama on NBC, still untitled, based on her novel “Blood Defense.” Drawing from the personal experience of Clark, who started her career as a defense attorney, the show centers on Samantha Brinkman, a relentless criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles whose world is turned upside down when she is hired to defend a police detective in a high-profile homicide, thrusting her into the public spotlight and exposing dark secrets from her past.

Clark will co-write the adaptation with writer-producers Elizabeth Craft & Sara Fain for ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville TV. NBC is eyeing this potential new drama for 2017.

Clark, of course, served as a lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, which was showcased this year by both FX’s “People vs. O.J. Simpson,” where Clark was played by Sarah Paulson in an Emmy-nominated role, and ESPN’s documentary “OJ: Made in America.” She transitioned from a law to a writing career with a series of bestselling legal thriller novels featuring prosecutor Rachel Knight called “The Competition,” “Killer Ambition,” “Guilt by Degrees” and “Guilt by Association.” They were developed as a potential drama by TNT and ordered to pilot, but never made it as a series.

NBC is eyeing this potential new drama for 2017.


Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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