NBC Picks Up Conan O'Brien Pilot

03/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Less than a week after O'Brien agreed to leave the network (and not too long after a network executive trashed him to the New York Times), Conaco's untitled project known as "Justice" has been picked up by the struggling network.

The hourlong pilot features a former Supreme Court justice who launches his own legal firm, and is written by John Eisendrath. O'Brien is executive producer along with Eisendrath.

In 2008, Conaco's "Operating Instructions," about a female trauma surgeon returning from Iraq to take a job at a military hopital, was picked up by NBC Universal's USA network.

Nikki Finke reports that the pick-up came as a complete surprise to Team Conan.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Fox is ready to swoop in on O'Brien for a late-night show to rival NBC's "Tonight Show."

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