By Mandi Bierly
November 24, 2010 at 06:51 PM EST

CBS, home of the procedural, is getting creative with two pilots in development. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Live Feed, the network is working with CSI creator Anthony Zuiker on Desperado, “about a band of lawmen who enact cowboy-style justice on modern-day criminals in San Antonio.” As the trade points out, that’s got a definite Justified vibe, which the Eye clearly likes: It’s also developing a legal drama called Knife Fight that has Justified vets Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly exec producing with Michael Cuesta (Dexter). Based on a short story by crime novelist Joel Goldman, it revolves around “a female public defender who ‘becomes a prosecutor in order to pursue the truth.'” Vague, but on the network that has given us The Good Wife, promising. (Plus, “Knife Fight” would look great in TV listings.)

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