Lifetime May Turn to Screwball


Lifetime Television may add a lighter touch to its Sunday-night lineup this

The women's-targeted network has picked up a new drama pilot, Screwball
(working title), as a contender to succeed For the

From Sony Pictures Television in association with The Greenblatt Janollari
Studio (Six Feet Under), Screwball Homicide centers on brilliant
female detective Louisa "Lou" Murray, who continues to solve crimes with her ex-husband, detective Sheldon
"Shelly" Bennett

This odd couple also still has feelings for each other, but their chemistry
may be better on-duty than off.

"We believe Screwball Homicide would be a fantastic new addition to
our successful primetime lineup," Lifetime senior vice president of programming
Kelly Goode said in a prepared statement. "It has an engaging concept, as well
as two strong, yet vulnerable, characters our viewers can relate to."

Although a candidate to succeed For the People, a Lifetime spokeswoman
said the network has several other pilots in various stages of development.

The legal drama -- starring Lea Thompson as a liberal district attorney and
Debbi Morgan (Soul Food) as her conservative boss -- will complete its
18-episode run Feb. 16.

Through its first 14 episodes, For the People averaged a 1.9 household
rating, according to Nielsen Media Research data. That's well below the 2.5
average for premiere installments of the current seasons of The Division
and Strong Medicine.