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 Justice.
Written by Jeremy Miller and Daniel Cohn (Entourage) and inspired by Judy Smith’s own story, Justice 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 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.
Miller, Cohn and Smith executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Justice reunites the auspices behind multi-generational political family drama House Of The Rising Sin. That project, also from 20th TV, written/executive produced by Miller and Cohn and executive produced by Smith, was developed last season when it was set up at NBC.
In addition to serving as co-executive producer on Scandal, Smith also co-executive produces BrainDead, CBS’ summer drama series created by Michelle and Robert King.