Rob Thomas — the creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down, not the Matchbox 20 singer, although that would make what I’m about to type so, so much better — has signed on with Fox to develop a present-day take on Les Misérables that will focus on sexy rich lawyers.
Written by [actor/writer Graham] Norris, the contemporary take on Les Misérables is a primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life — all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die.
If the entire pitch meeting for this show was one syllable longer than “‘Jean Valjean is Sandy Cohen now.’ ‘Yeah, okay. Green light,’” then it was the biggest waste of time in the history of television.