Fox is getting in on pilot season in a big way.
After hedging their bets early on by avoiding (too many) bidding wars on high profile projects handing out only one pilot order to Minority Report, the network on Tuesday evening picked up four new pilots, three drama and one comedy.
Amongst the drama pilot orders is the US remake of BBC One’s Luther, which already had a put pilot commitment; Frankenstein, from Homeland and 24 executive producer Howard Gordon; and Rosewood, a crime drama from Psych‘s Todd Harthan. While the comedy pilot, 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, hails from Universal Television.
Luther will stick to the basic format of the UK original and follows John Luther, a near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons. It worth noting that the pilot order for Luther is cast contingent, underscoring what will likely be a very difficult casting for the lead role.
The adaptation was penned by original series creator Neil Cross with input from Idris Elba, who is not attached to star. 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions are producing with Neil Cross, Idiris Elba, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner serving as executive producers.
From 20th Century Fox Television, Frankenstein follows Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose. Rand Ravich penned the script, who executive produces alongside Howard Gordon.
Rosewood follows Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr., the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides. The drama is set up at 20th Century Fox Television, with Todd Harthan, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen serving as EPs.
Comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday follows one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. The pilot script is being penned by Charlie Grandy, who executive produces alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan, Universal Television, the studio behind Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project, is producing,