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One of Our Own Gets Herself a Snazzy New TV Writing Gig

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 15, 2009 |

So, that scurrilous television network, Fox, has seen fit to develop yet another legal show, this one a (*dreaded word*) dramedy. “The Real Amanda Strauss” centers on a female lawyer in the District Attorney’s office who harbors a big secret: She comes from a family of con artists.

Interesting conceit.

But here’s why we’re looking forward to “The Real Amanda Strauss”: It’s being written by Callie Khouri, the scribe behind Thelma and Louise (awesome!). Also this: It’s being co-written by Angelina Burnett. Yeah. That Angelina Burnett — occasional Pajiba contributor and “30 Rock” slash “Friday Night Lights” slash “The Wire” slash “So You Think You Can Dance” slash “Deadwood” junkie, formerly known around these parts as Beckyloo Who.

How you like them apples, cocksuckers?

While “Fox” and “Legal Dramedy” aren’t exactly buzzwords that set my heart a pitter-patter, I’d also concede that I’m also something of a legal show junkie myself, having a probably “out-of-touch with the youth of America” affection for David E. Kelley, who — for good or bad — does like to pepper his shows with plenty of misogyny. “The Real Amanda Strauss” would seem to portend the opposite, especially in the hands of the Thelma and Louise scribe and the fiercely profane and take-no-shit Angelina. Might we actually get an strong, independent “Ally McBeal” without a whiny insufferable Calista Flockhart, plus a little David Mamet House of Cards flavor? (Ricky Jay must guest star — it’s in his contract to appear in all con-related projects).

We’ll see. Fox is only developing at the moment, though should it reach the pilot stage (fingers crossed), Khouri may direct.

And here’s your warm fuzzies:

“I’m enjoying our creative partnership,” Khouri said of working in TV with the Fursts. “(And) Angelina Burnett is a young writer with enormous talent.”

Burnett returned the compliment, calling Khouri “a heroine of mine.”

Awwww. Let’s just hope that Angelina doesn’t have to suffer the Fox curse: If the show is too good, it’s nearly guaranteed to get the hook midway through the first season.

Source: Variety

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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