John Grisham comes to the small screen. ABC plans a series based on his novel ''The Street Lawyer''

John Grisham’s legal potboilers haven’t enjoyed the success on the small screen that they have in print and movies. (Remember the one-season spinoff of ”The Client” in 1995-96?) Still, ABC is betting on Grisham with an adaptation of his novel ”The Street Lawyer,” which the network has picked up as a pilot, Variety reports.

Like CBS’ ”The Guardian,” the story centers on a hotshot lawyer-turned-crusader for social justice — in this case, an attorney named Michael Brock who leaves a high-powered firm to become a legal aid lawyer aiding indigent clients. Executive producing and writing the pilot are Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the screenwriters of the upcoming Grisham big-screen adaptation ”The Runaway Jury” as well as next month’s Vin Diesel crime thriller ”Knockaround Guys.” So they know both sides of the legal world, too.

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