Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS is expanding its relationship with The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. The network has handed out a pilot production commitment to The Advocates, a legal drama written and executive produced by Heller. It centers on a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team up as “victim advocates,” going to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog. Warner Bros TV, the studio behind The Mentalist, also produces the new project.

The Mentalist was a breakout for CBS when it launched in 2008 and netted a record off-network sale for Warner Bros TV a year into its run. After airing in the Thursday 10 PM slot for its first four seasons, the series starring Simon Baker is moving to Sunday at 10 PM this fall. Before Mentalist, WME-repped Heller co-created and executive produced HBO’s Rome.

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