STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release) From executive producers Gary Tieche ("MDs"), John Eisendrath ("Playmakers," "Alias") and Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break") comes an irreverent, behind-thescenes look at the United States Supreme Court and the young people who help steer the country's future in response to some of the most complex issues of our time. Part legal drama and part twenty-something soap, the series follows six Supreme Court clerks America's best and brightest whose strong intelligence and ample egos are matched only by their active personal lives. They're dealing with hot-button issues in a pressure-cooker workplace, which means passions will run high. There's sexy overachiever HOLLY (Bridget Regan, "The Black Donnellys"); introverted do-gooder CLYDE (Zachary Knighton, "The Hitcher"); and Libertarian MARCUS (Leslie Odom Jr., "CSI: Miami," "Vanished"), who's as ambitious in the high court's chambers as he is between the sheets. When Marcus' reckless personal behavior threatens his standing in the court, an unlikely ally comes to his rescue. AMBER (Camille Guaty, "Prison Break," "The Nine") is faced with an impossible decision when an unplanned pregnancy threatens not only to derail her career plans, but forces her to choose between her conservative ex-boyfriend who is the father of her child, ALLEN (Luke MacFarland, "Brothers and Sisters"), a trust fund baby trying to prove he's more than just a legacy in the court; and her new love and fellow clerk, TOMMY (Shane West, "ER", "Once and Again"), a cocky bluecollar liberal who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn. Amber's decision not only affects her personally, but also alters the direction of the court when a shift in her beliefs helps sway moderate Justice SUZANNE MARY LYNCH's (Kate Burton, "Grey's Anatomy," "Rescue Me") opinion on an incredibly controversial matter. Under the guidance and watchful eye of Acting Chief Justice HENRY GREENBERG (Kurtwood Smith, "That 70s Show"), the clerks will work on provocative and sometimes offbeat cases, all while struggling to manipulate their friendships and their Justices in order to see their personal agendas prevail. Directed by Ian Toynton ("24," "The O.C."), SUPREME COURTSHIPS promises an intriguing glimpse into the professional and private lives of the best young legal minds in the country, as they come of age in America's highest court. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Adelstein Productions.