This unlikely assemblage of testosterone -- Ratner, Simpson, Patterson -- then went out to pitch their show about how a plucky group of women does an end run around the old boys' club.
Meanwhile, Patterson seems to have found a TV producing partner he likes. "We are continuing to work with Joe and have another series idea which we will take out sometime in the next few months," the author wrote in an e-mail.
20th Century Fox brought in Fain and longtime writing partner Liz Craft, as well as executive producer R. Scott Gemmill, late of "ER."
The journey since then has not been without bumps. The producers extensively retooled the pilot over the summer, after it was determined that not enough time was spent developing the lead characters.
"Once we saw the pilot . . . we said, OK, we need to make sure we have the time to let these characters bust out," Craft said.
"WMC's" 9 p.m. Friday time slot is not considered the sexiest of prime-time berths. But that could work to the show's advantage.
There's not much competition. Rivals include NBC's widely praised but little-watched "Friday Night Lights."
"The smartest thing they did was put it on Friday nights," John Rash, senior vice president at ad firm Campbell Mithun, said of "WMC." "It's the land of low TV expectations."
And that's precisely what ABC is praying for, of course: That the show will defy those low expectations and emerge as a surprise hit. Bader said that if the show proves successful, the network has every intention of moving it to a more heavily trafficked spot.
One possibility: 10 p.m. Thursdays, where "Big Shots," the soap about rich guys behaving badly, is fizzling after "Grey's Anatomy."
You can bet your next bikini wax, in fact, that if "WMC" has any model in its bid for prime-time hitdom, it's that other crime show that started on Fridays seven years ago this month.
That show, of course, was "CSI."
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