Development Deal


Wow, Was That a Bad Free-Agent Signing (TV Writer Division)

With the news that NBC won’t pick up David E. Kelley’s pilot Legally Mad (starring Kristin Chenoweth), we may be seeing the fruits of Warner Brothers’ decision to give him a development deal last year, after he’d spent two decades working almost exclusively for Fox’s television division. To indulge in my baseball analogy of the week, it’s like signing a free agent just as he is showing clear signs of being past his peak; it may be a decent PR coup to steal him away from the other team, but there may be a reason why the other team wasn’t fighting that hard to keep him.