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CBS Orders Pilot for "L.A. Confidential", Racial Drama "Red Line" from Ava DuVernay, Military Drama "The Code", and Legal Drama "Main Justice"

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Red Line
Written by Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss, Red Line explores what happens after a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor. We follow three different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective.

Ava DuVernay executive produces with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Parrish and Weiss co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti Prods. is based, is the studio.

Main Justice
Written by Sascha Penn (Survivor’s Remorse), Main Justice was inspired by Holder’s life and work. Centered around the U.S. Attorney General, the show takes us into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice where he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position.

Executive producing alongside Holder, Penn and Bruckheimer are Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. CBS TV is the studio on the project, which falls under the overall deal Jerry Bruckheimer TV inked with the studio in July.

Holder was the 82nd Attorney General of the United States. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Holder served for six years, from 2009 to 2015 as the first African American to hold the position. He has since returned to private practice.

L.A. Confidential
From Arnon Milchan, who produced the acclaimed 1997 movie, L.A. Confidential gives James Ellroy’s classic novel a thoroughly 2018 treatment in terms of tone, music and style.

Written by Jordan Harper, it follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer through the seedy underbelly of glamorous 1950s Los Angeles. Harper executive produces with Milchan. The project hails from the TV venture New Regency forged with Lionsgate, designed to mine New Regency’s library.

CBS TV Studios co-produces with New Regency and Lionsgate Television

L.A. Confidential is the third of Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet book series. The novel was adapted for the 1997 film, directed and co-written by Curtis Hanson, produced by Milchan and starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn and Danny DeVito. The film premiered in Competition at Cannes and went on to receive nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning Best Supporting Actress for Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay for Hanson and Brian Helgeland.

The Code
Co-created by Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk, written by Sweeny based on a story by him and Turk, in The Code, the military’s brightest minds take on our country’s toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine.

Sweeny serves as executive producer/showrunner. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman executive produce via there Timberman/Beverly Prods. for CBS TV Studios.

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