On the heels of the successful BET Awards 2015 ceremony, musical channel BET orders soapy legal drama pilot “Sullivan’s Travels”, which has nothing to do with the Preston Sturges’1941 comedy movie.
The show is about Gwen Sullivan, a quick-witted, impassioned and bold African-American legal aid in her thirties who works for “The Legal Aid Society” in Tribeca, New York, along with her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Charlie. Interestingly, the pilot script was written by Terri Kopp — a writer and producer on Law & Order who also worked on short-lived In Justice & Justice — on 2009! Seems like the success of Empire motivated other channels to scavenge in order to find a forgotten project that could attract a Black audience towards the legal drama genre where they don’t already have any representative. Sullivan’s Travels could join The Game and Being Mary Jane, BET’s other two scripted dramas.