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Fox Orders Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Resident,’ Sheldon Turner’s ‘Controversy’ to Pilot

Broadcast network picks up two new potential drama series for new season

Fox has ordered two new drama pilots, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Resident” and Sheldon Turner’s “Controversy.”

“The Resident,” written by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, with Jones serving as executive producer alongside Oly Obst and Fuqua. Schore and Sethi will serve as co-EPs.

The story follows an idealistic young doctor as he begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.

“Controversy,” written and executive produced by Sheldon, follows the junior counsel of a prestigious Illinois university which must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.

“Crazy Stupid Love” directors John Requa, Glenn Ficarra are directing the pilot and serving as EPs, along with Judy Smith, Jennifer Klein and Charlie Gogolak.

This marks Fox’s fifth and sixth drama pilot pickups of the season, following a reboot of “Behind Enemy Lines,” an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s vampire novel “The Passage,” an untitled X-Men drama whose pilot will be directed by Bryan Singer, and a straight-to-series order for Seth MacFarlane’s space epic “Orville.”

On the comedy side, the network has ordered paranormal sitcom “Ghosted,” starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, “Thin Ice” from “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether, which follows a woman who travels to Antarctica and must contend with a crew of misfits, and “Linda From HR,” a single-camera comedy about a human resources rep whose life descends into a dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything.

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