Written by Warren Hsu Leonard (How To Get Away With Murder), Exhibit A is based on the South Korean series My Lawyer, Mr. Jo. It centers on disgraced former prosecutor, Andrew Cho, whose career is sabotaged by the corrupt power brokers he’s working to take down. But in losing everything, Andrew discovers something new: a life of purpose. Along with a clever, driven young associate, and alegal staff of loyal misfits, Andrew becomes the fearless, caring, underdog lawyer he was always meant to be. Together they give voice to the voiceless and speak truth to power, no matter the cost.
Leonard executive produces with 3AD’s Kim and Rina Brannen.
If it goes forward, Exhibit A would be a rare U.S. broadcast drama with an Asian lead and the first U.S. drama series outside of the action genre where the main lead is Asian American. ABC also has Fresh Off the Boat, the first American television sitcom starring an Asian-American family in 20 years.
The original series My Lawyer, Mr. Jo (aka Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-Ho) aired on Korea’s KBS2 in 2016. Kim and his 3AD banner previously developed an U.S. adaptation at CBS during the 2016-17 season with a different writer.