Showtime has announced that legal thriller Your Honor has been given a straight-to-series order.
“When a pitch has you on the edge of your seat for 40 straight minutes, you know you’re hearing something special,” said Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine. “When the pitchers are as talented, experienced and acclaimed as Michelle King, Robert King and Peter Moffat, you buy it in the room and start planning for a fascinating new Showtime series.”
From Michelle & Robert King (The Good Wife), as well as Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice), and based on Israeli drama format Kvodo, Your Honor follows the son of a Chicago judge who is involved in a hit and run where the victim was the son of a local crime boss. It’s the second Chicago-set series that Showtime has picked up recently following Lena Waithe’s The Chi, which is set to premiere in January.
It’s been a busy time for Showtime in terms of pickups, as the cabler has given the go-ahead to Oliver Stone’s Guantanamo, miniseries Escape at Dannemora, and Kidding, a dark comedy starring Jim Carrey, in recent months. They’ve also recently premiered new showbiz comedy White Famous, with parenting comedy SMILF on tap for November, freshman dramedy I’m Dying Up Here getting a surprise second season, and Daniel Craig starring Purity in the works.
Fresh off the success of The Good Wife, the Kings have since gone on to create maiden CBS All Access drama The Good Fight and summer series BrainDead, while Moffat’s television credits include Criminal Justice (the series HBO’s The Night Of was based upon), legal drama Silk, and The Village.