Via their JuVee Productions, Viola Davis, her producing partner Julius Tennon, and producer Debra Martin Chase (via her Martin Chase Prods.), have teamed up to bring a new courtroom drama to ABC, which will center on a powerful female attorney, although this one won’t star Davis. She’s just producing.
The legal drama is inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the current prosecutor of Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan, who happens to be only the second black African American to serve in that position. Worthy’s notoriety grew when she filed charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, in 2008, although that’s just one of many cases her office has been involved in. Throughout her 20 year career, she’s tried over 800 cases, with a reported conviction rate of over 90%.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is said to be, by far, the busiest in the state of Michigan, with Worthy’s office handling 52% of all felony cases in Michigan and 64% of all serious felony cases that go to jury trial.
She’s come to be known as the "toughest woman in Detroit."
The ABC project will be scripted by Jason Wilborn, who has also written for a series that I always hoped shows like "Scandal" and "How to get Away with Murder" would be – "Damages. Wilborn will pen the script with Jeff Melvoin who’ll act as showrunner.
So, the obvious question here is, if Viola isn’t going to star in the potential series, who will? This could be a rather plump role for whomever that actress is. Maybe even career-making, especially if it’s a relative unknown.
Place your bets…
Assuming it goes to series, I’d look for this during the 2015/2016 TV season, or later. With "Black-ish," "Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder," and this new project, assuming all of them survive for another season, ABC seems to be molding itself into a home for black content creators.