Veteran crime drama producer Steven Bochco is bringing a new police procedural to cable.
No, unfortunately it's not the revival of "Cop Rock," the groundbreaking surrealist crime musical series. Cable network that knows drama TNT has reportedly given the green light to "Murder In The First," a murder mystery series set in modern-day San Francisco.
Co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal ("Laredo"), the series centers on two San Francisco PD homicide investigators as they probe the murders of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, along with the defense attorney and prosecutors embroiled in the high profile case. As the investigation unfolds, the case will provide viewers with "a window into the soul of modern justice in an increasingly complex world." The series will reportedly follow more of a serialized format akin to AMC's "The Killing", spotlighting season-long murder cases rather than weekly crimes.
This will be Bochco's return to TNT after his short-lived legal drama series "Raising The Bar." The producer knows a thing or two about drama himself, bringing two of the most popular crime procedurals to network television ever in "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue." His comparatively short-lived and underrated "Murder One" series, which aired from 1995 to 1997, revolved around a long-term murder investigation as well, and remains a critical favorite if not a highly-rated one. In today's television landscape and its bevy of crime serials, it will be interesting to see if the veteran can bring anything new to the table.