Scandal’s co-executive producer Judy Smith, who was the inspiration for the lead character in Shonda Rhimes’ political drama, has set up a new series at Fox titled Controversy. The network has given a put pilot commitment to this investigative drama which revolves around the timely topic, college rape.
In addition to Smith, the project hails from Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air, X-Men: First Class), John Requa (This Is Us), and Glenn Ficarra (This Is Us), and will be produced through Turner and Jennifer Klein’s Vendetta Productions.
Smith served as an Assistant United States Attorney and was Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia before she took a job at the White House as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush and subsequently launched her crisis management company that inspired Scandal’s Olivia Pope and Associates.
In addition to Controversy, Smith has another series set up at the network titled Justice. Justice is inspired by Smith’s real life experiences and centers on a high-powered African American woman who is made the new U.S. Attorney and how she works with her team of attorneys who take on local and federal cases all the while trying to fix the problems in their own life before secrets unravel. Smith also served as co-executive producer on the CBS summer series BrainDead.