[10/28/08 - 06:25 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, October 28 Updates include: The CW looks to revive "Melrose Place"; Luke Greenfield books a pair of projects; and E! orders "Party Monsters: Cabo."
[05/29/08 - 04:51 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 29 Updates include: HBO casts "Last of the Ninth" leads; Josh Cooke added to ABC's "Fourplay"; and Peter Horton is tapped to take over NBC's "Philanthropist."
[05/05/08 - 05:38 PM] Development Update: Monday, May 5 Updates include: "Family Guy's" Seth MacFarlane inks a nine-figure deal with 20th; Mike O'Malley joins NBC's "Enemy"; and more casting news as we build up to upfront week.
[04/11/08 - 05:19 PM] Development Update: Friday, April 11 Updates include: Animal Planet to revisit CBS's "Creature Comforts"; Donal Logue to topline HBO's "1%"; and "Galactica's" Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor bring "Virtuality" to FOX.
[04/10/08 - 12:00 AM] Development Update: Thursday, April 10 Updates include: Jonathan Sadowski first at FOX's "Courtroom K" while John Michael Higgins and Mikey Day are set as "Kath & Kim's" men for NBC.
[03/14/08 - 08:02 PM] Development Update: March 13-14 Updates include: The CW eyes a contemporary spin-off of FOX's "Beverly Hills, 90210"; good news for the creators of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"; and more pilots make the cut.
STATUS: previously in development (2008-2009 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release) From executive producer Paul Attanasio (HOUSE, "Homicide: Life on the Street") comes COURTROOM K, a darkly comedic look at the life of a courthouse in a Midwestern city. An American courtroom is the last bastion of absolute feudal power, and upon this throne sits dictatorial JUDGE HAROLD ROBAR (Alfred Molina, "Spider- Man 2," "The Da Vinci Code"), a former trial lawyer who is completely convinced he can do both the prosecutor's and the defense lawyer's jobs better than either can do it themselves. Gruff, sarcastic and lovable JUDGE ROBAR does not suffer fools gladly, but he will gladly make fools suffer. COURTROOM K centers on a group of public servants who cope daily with the basic fact that no one gets in legal trouble for a smart reason. This cast of characters includes District Attorney KENT PUCKER (Michael Landes, "Final Destination 2"), a self-deluded Midwestern booster with a joyful disregard for his own insensitivity; Public Defender MARIJANE DIEHL (Megan Dodds, "Not Going Out"), whose grace under pressure is tested by the insanity of the system; and Diehl's boss, DANIEL JUNE (Jonathan Sadowski, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES), a clever, boyish bureaucrat 10 years younger than her. Filling out this family are court reporter ROSE MARIE CHEEKS (Noureen DeWulf, "Ocean's Thirteen") and ORTHA SCHUNK (Diana Maria Riva, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), Judge Robar's court clerk who knows him so well, she could be considered his "work wife." From 20th Century Fox Television and Heel & Toe Films, COURTROOM K is executive-produced by Paul Attanasio and Joe and Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development").