In the biggest shocker of the 2013 pilot season, CBS has passed on Beverly Hills Cop, the "next generation" television continuation of the popular '80s feature film franchise.
Starring Brandon T. Jackson as Aaron Foley, son of Eddie Murphy's Axel, Beverly Hills Cop was considered a lock to be picked up, considering its built-in brand recognition and recurring appearances from Murphy and original co-star Judge Reinhold that would no doubt pop the ratings. An impressive supporting cast was assembled, including David Denman (The Office), Kevin Pollack (Shark), and Christine Lahti (Hawaii Five-0). The Shield creator Shawn Ryan was on-board as showrunner, and Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld helmed the pilot. A series order seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
However, petty behind-the-scenes politics have quashed the deal and Beverly Hills Cop will be shopped to other networks. Back in March, after CBS had already ordered the pilot, Paramount announced it was returning to the TV business as a co-producer on Beverly Hills Cop with Sony Television. If the pilot had been picked up, the series would have marked the first joint project between CBS and Paramount since they split in 2005.
According to reports, a major factor in the network's decision involves a long-standing grudge held by infamous CBS CEO Les Moonves against Paramount CEO Brad Grey and Viacom executive Philippe Dauman, heir apparent to 90-year-old Sumner Redstone. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Whatever the reason, are you disappointed that Beverly Hills Cop won't be moving forward at CBS?