By Lynette Rice
October 24, 2012 at 07:15 PM EDT
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Fox is developing another drama with a brilliant but self-destructive professional as the lead — but this time, he’ll be a lawyer instead of a doctor.

The network has ordered the pilot RAKE, a drama based on a hit Australian series about a criminal defense lawyer named Cleaver Greene. Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) is attached to star and to executive produce the series about a brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive man who has “a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind,” according to a project logline. (Sony will produce for Fox). “From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients that Cleaver loves the most are those whose cases appear to be utterly hopeless. If only Cleaver would realize the stark reality that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all.”

The pilot comes with a penalty if Fox doesn’t order it to series.