STATUS: previously in development (2004-2005 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: unspecified
ADDITIONAL NOTES: series order rescinded
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release) THE PARTNER (working title): A team of "book smart" Ivy League graduates will compete against a team of "street smart" lawyers from less prestigious schools until one of them wins a job in a major law firm. Each week, the dueling lawyers will serve as prosecutors or defenders in mock trials based on highly charged cases. A jury of lay people – selected by the contestants – will determine the winner of each trial. Then the losers go on trial – defending their performance before a celebrity "judge," who will decide which individual will be thrown out of court. The last two lawyers standing will go head-to-head to argue a final blockbuster case. With every episode, viewers will be drawn into two dramas – the compelling legal drama of that week's trial, and the suspense of who will ultimately become THE PARTNER.