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It’s that time again in Hollywood: While the rest of the country continues to slog through the long, cold winter, potential television shows get one step closer to reality. That’s right, it’s pilot season.
After plenty of pitches, announcements and key-tapping, it’s time to see which projects will jostle for position on the fall television schedules.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has officially given Beverly Hills Cop the go-ahead to shoot a pilot. This one’s not super-surprising because, as we reported in November, producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Eddie Murphy cast the show’s lead in Brandon T. Jackson. The series focuses on Jackson’s Aaron Foley, son of Axel Foley, as he tries to make a name for himself as a cop. Murphy has said that he will appear at various points throughout the series as the character first seen in the 1984 film the series takes its name from.
CBS also announced that Hart Hanson (Bones) is one step closer to a new procedural based on a book series called Backstrom. This one’s inspired by Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson’s novels about an “overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior.”
Meanwhile, NBC had its own slate of announcements, also covered by THR. The biggest is that Carlton Cuse’s adaptation of the Cullen Bunn/Bran Hurtt supernatural Western The Sixth Gun is moving forward.
Other interesting shows include Holding Patterns, a half-hour comedy about a group of friends dealing with life after surviving a plane crash. That one comes from Justin Spitzer, who has been working on The Office as a writer and producer since the show’s third season.
Last but not least, there’s an untitled project created by DJ Nash (Traffic Light, Up All Night) and non-writing executive producers Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente for their Aggregate Films shingle. The show “revolves around a son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce.”
As these things go, it’s uncertain which of these shows will get a pass from the networks and go to series, but which ones are you most interested in?