Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland have received a pilot production commitment from ABC for a new legal series currently slated for next season.

The script will be penned by Scandal writer Paul William Davies, who will executive produce the project alongside Rhimes and Beers.

Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” the legal drama follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect.

Rhimes, will have five series on ABC in the 2016-17 broadcast season: Grey’sAnatomyScandalHow to Get Away With Murder, The Catch, and the latest addition Still Star-Crossed.  She is also in development on her first comedy pilot Toast starring Jerrika Hinton.  In addition to her ABC lineup, Rhimes is also in negotiations with Fox 2000 for an upcoming film revolving around the online personalities known as The Dare Divas, and has teamed up with Jesse Williams, Norman Lear, and Common to produce a powerful new docu-series titled American Divided. 

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