ABC is developing a legal drama which is set to star an Asian male lead, according to a Deadline exclusive.
The drama, set to be titled “Exhibit A,” will be produced by Daniel Dae Kim
. The show is being developed for ABC alongside his 3AD production company, including Rina Brannen, a former UTA agent who is now head of development at 3AD.
The show is based on Korean drama “My Lawyer, Mr. Jo,” an award-winning series on KBS2 starring Park Shin-yang. The plot, similar to its Korean predecessor, features a former prosecutor named Andrew Cho who rebuilds and refocuses his career after being sabotaged by power brokers.
Daniel Dae Kim is a Korean-American actor who has starred in popular productions such as ABC’s “Lost,” CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” and WB’s “Angel.” In 2013, he founded 3AD, a production company whose initial work has followed a theme of adapting work by and about Asian people.
Their first venture was a smash hit; they developed CBS’ “The Good Doctor,” an American adaptation of the Korean series, which has received high ratings. Aside from “Exhibit A,” Kim and 3AD are also developing a drama based on the book “The First Rule of Ten,” which is about an ex-Buddhist monk.
“Exhibit A” is written by Warren Hsu Leonard, a biracial man of Taiwanese descent. If the show reaches air, it will be the first non-action drama series that features an Asian lead.