Nellie Andreeva

A decade after Ally McBeal ended its run, another hourlong comedy about a quirky single female attorney is coming to Fox. In a competitive situation with three networks bidding, Fox has landed an untitled project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims & Sarah Watson and Universal Television. The project is an edgy, twisted romantic comedy set in a Chicago law firm that is centered on a single 30something attorney working at the firm. It will be written by Watson with Katims supervising. The two will executive produce, with Katims’ head of development Michelle Lee producing.

This is the first project under the new overall deal Katims signed with Universal TV six weeks ago when he beefed up his production banner with the hire of Lee. This also marks Watson’s first crack at development under the overall deal she inked with the studio in March. UTA-repped Watson is a co-executive producer on Katims’ NBC dramedy Parenthood, on which she has been since day one, rising from producer. In addition to developing, executive producing and running Parenthood, CAA-repped Katims ran football drama Friday Night Lights, winning an Emmy for writing the series finale. The new project expands the relationship between Uni TV and Fox. The studio produced Fox’s long-running medical drama House and is behind the network’s high-profile new comedy The Mindy Project.

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