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NBC, Kelley Lay Down Law

NBC has signed David E. Kelley to an eight-episode reality series, his first "alternative" effort.

Kelley's forte has been dramas, particularly legal dramas (he's a lawyer) including Ally McBeal, The Practice, and new Practice spin-off, Fleet Street, though all for other networks. Kelly did cut his chops on NBC's L.A. Law.

The as-yet untitled project will feature lawyers vying to move up the career ladder.

If the concept sounds familiar, Fox has slated a reality show, The Partners,  for Sunday nights at 9 in the fall. It's about aspiring lawyers competing for a job at a prestigous law firm.