TNT Greenlights Taye Diggs-Led Steven Bochco Detective Series 'Murder In The First'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 19, 2013 5:50 PM
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TNT has greenlit Murder in the First, a new scripted drama from Steven Bochco, starring Taye Diggs (the 3rd post with a Mr Diggs mention today) and Kathleen Robertson, with Tom Felton), Mimi KirklandRaphael SbargeIan Anthony DaleBess Rous and Steven Weber rounding out the cast.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the San Francisco-set detective drama, which is being produced by TNT Originals

Here's s synopsis:

Set in San Francisco, Murder in the First will follow a single case across an entire season. The drama centers on homicide detectives Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson) as they investigate the murder of an apparent drug addict. The mystery deepens, however, when the victim is found to have a connection to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Felton), the celebrated CEO of a cutting-edge tech firm. The timing couldn’t be worse for Blunt, who is preparing to take his company public. He's also being sued by a software developer who claims Blunt stole his code for a revolutionary new hologram system. Terry and Hildy's fellow detectives in their squad include philosopher-cop David Molk (Sbarge) The squad is supervised by Lt. Jim Koto (Dale). On the home front, Hildy is a single mom with an inquisitive daughter (Kirkland). Terry, meanwhile, is struggling to take care of his terminally ill wife, Emily, played by guest star Anne-Marie Johnson (JAGIn the Heat of the Night). Working for Blunt are Bill Wilkerson (Weber), his driver and pilot, and Ivana West (Rous), the company's chief technology officer.

Co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal, who will also serve as executive producers, the series is slated to premiere on TNT in summer 2014.

"Murder in the First sets up an engrossing, season-long mystery that's certain to appeal to TNT fans," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We are thrilled to be working with Steven Bochco once again. We look forward to seeing this fascinating mystery unspool in the hands of Steven, Eric Lodal and the incredible cast and crew of Murder in the First."

Murder in the First is one of four new scripted dramas coming to TNT. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, TNT will launch the eagerly anticipated series event Mob City, starring Jon Bernthal and executive-produced by Frank Darabon. And next summer will mark the premieres of the action-packed dramas The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane and executive-produced by Michael Bay, and Legends, starring Sean Bean and executive-produced by Howard Gordon.

Diggs lands this role months after ABC's Shonda Rhimes medical drama Private Practice, ended its run in January. 

Earlier today, it was announced that he'll play a new romantic interest for Zooey Deschanel's lead character, in the FOX comedy, New Girl.

Diggs' character will appear in the 7th episode of the upcoming third season (airing in November), playing a character named Artie, who's described as a "smooth, confident ladies' man," who has his eyes set on Jess, which is kind of a problem for her because she's in a new relationship with another character, Nick, played by Jake Johnson

Up next for Mr Diggs, look for him on the big screen in Baggage Claim and The Best Man Holiday, both out this fall.

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  • Truth Be Told | November 25, 2013 6:12 PMReply

    Accidental Visitor said it right: Black women have NO PROBLEM loving (and I mean LOVING) 'Scandal', which is nothing but a night time soap opera (which means it's kinda not good), because, and let's be honest, it's a 'strong' black woman in a relationship with a 'powerful white guy'. They have no problem with Halle Berry starring in movies opposite NOTHING BUT WHITE MEN after "Boomerang" and even saying she 'gave black men a chance'. I remember when black women were all into the 'down low' books written by gay or bi-sexual black men who were out to make a buck off desperate black women. And they congratulated Robert DeNiro when he directly or indirectly says he prefers black women and call him 'strong' and 'a great man'.

    But when Taye Diggs is even RUMORED to say something bad about black women (and amazingly it's ALWAYS proven to be false) they jump on him and call him 'weak' and 'ugly'. Then, when it's proven that he never said those things (like the latest lie), these SAME BLACK WOMEN don't say 'my bad', or 'next time I'll fact check'. No, they get quiet.

    They also jump on black men who marry outside the race, even if they have no history of dating ONLY non black women, but they don't call HIM 'strong' and 'good'. No, he's a weak, self hating mutha fugga (by that logic, I guess Robert DeNiro must be a 'weak' and 'self hating' muthafugga too?)

    That's weak. I only see weak, pathetic, physically and emotionally unattractive black women make these contradictions, and they're a minority, but they're a LOUD minority. They're an ACTIVE minority. Better black women should not tacitly agree with these bottom feeders with silence.

  • neocon'snightmare | November 25, 2013 6:12 PMReply

    Accidental Visitor said it right: Black women have NO PROBLEM loving (and I mean LOVING) 'Scandal', which is nothing but a night time soap opera (which means it's kinda not good), because, and let's be honest, it's a 'strong' black woman in a relationship with a 'powerful white guy'. They have no problem with Halle Berry starring in movies opposite NOTHING BUT WHITE MEN after "Boomerang" and even saying she 'gave black men a chance'. I remember when black women were all into the 'down low' books written by gay or bi-sexual black men who were out to make a buck off desperate black women. And they congratulated Robert DeNiro when he directly or indirectly says he prefers black women and call him 'strong' and 'a great man'.

    But when Taye Diggs is even RUMORED to say something bad about black women (and amazingly it's ALWAYS proven to be false) they jump on him and call him 'weak' and 'ugly'. Then, when it's proven that he never said those things (like the latest lie), these SAME BLACK WOMEN don't say 'my bad', or 'next time I'll fact check'. No, they get quiet.

    They also jump on black men who marry outside the race, even if they have no history of dating ONLY non black women, but they don't call HIM 'strong' and 'good'. No, he's a weak, self hating mutha fugga (by that logic, I guess Robert DeNiro must be a 'weak' and 'self hating' muthafugga too?)

    That's weak. I only see weak, pathetic, physically and emotionally unattractive black women make these contradictions, and they're a minority, but they're a LOUD minority. They're an ACTIVE minority. Better black women should not tacitly agree with these bottom feeders with silence.

  • Accidental Visitor | September 21, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    "Well, he did blame black women for the cancellation of "Daybreak" based off a rumor and has constantly "defended" himself for marrying a non-black woman. "

    1)He didn't blame black women for the cancellation of "Daybreak" That itself is nothing more than a RUMOR that some individuals like to spread. "Daybreak's" numbers were so low that it wouldn't have mattered if more black women had stepped in to watch. That being said there was an actual article on the internet (I am not sure if it came from a print source) which suggested that black women stayed awy from "Daybreak" because Digg's love interest was not black (she was Asian). The person who wrote the article may have been off the mark but the article was written. It would not surprise me if it is true because as I wrote before black women I knew of did indeed stay away from the show for that very reason. These are the same black women who can't get enough of Scandal, of Jada Smith's former TNT show, of the new Thandie Newton show and of the recently cancelled NBC series with the black female as lead. In other words they are hypocrites who don't think twice when it is a black female character exclusively or mainly getting involved with relationships with non-black men, but they think any black male character on the other hand should know his place and remain "loyal" to the race and therefore loyal to them.

    As for defending his marriage I'm not sure if you are accusing him of being defensive over it or if you are suggesting that he should take any criticism from people who complain about his wife being white. If it is the latter then, well, that's sick. Any person should stand up to people who hate on their spouse because of their race. To not do so is more of a dishonor. That is a no-brainer. No one should have to apologize for falling in love with someone who is not of their race/religion/nationality/ethnic group. But I don't blame anyone for defending themslves and their marriage when the bigots come knocking with their bag of gripes.

  • Noree Marks | September 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    Black women make up what % of the population? Even if they all watched it I doubt that would have made a difference. Daybreak was a crappy show and nobody I knew watched it or even heard about it before. The whole day keeps repeating itself thing only works for one episode of a show anything more is just annoying. You can't have a show being about time looping it's repetitive! LOL

    And it's funny before he started saying people were hating on him and his wife I didn't even know the guy was married

  • Agent K | September 21, 2013 5:53 PM

    @Accidental Visitor

    I'm pretty sure no black woman is losing sleep over Taye Diggs and his white wife.

  • sergio | September 21, 2013 5:19 PM

    So to put what you said more simply. "So Diggs has a problem with black women. So what's the big deal? So do I. You all think it's a crime"

  • beemooree | September 20, 2013 6:37 PMReply

    taye is an uncle tom

  • Connie | September 20, 2013 5:15 AMReply

    I wonder if this show gets cancelled will he blame Black women again like he did with his 2 other shows.

  • Agent K | September 21, 2013 3:57 PM

    @D.A.
    Well, he did blame black women for the cancellation of "Daybreak" based off a rumor and has constantly "defended" himself for marrying a non-black woman. And for the "Red Tails" example, did the movie not do well because of black women?

  • D.A. | September 21, 2013 1:50 AM

    So I take it you all won't support this because of a comment given at a time when interracial relationships were still heavily debated in the black community!? Taye Diggs wasn't the only person giving his '2 cents' on it. I'm quite sure you've had your say about it as well. Correct me if I'm wrong, but did we not see a bunch of headlines in the urban blogosphere (not too long ago) about black women not wanting to support "Red Tails" simply because one of the main characters was courting a white woman in the film. Nevermind that the film was set in Italy, with local Italians (who more than likely were white in complexion-being sarcastic), and not America or Africa. Are you going to make an issue out of that too? or is it simply because this man just so happened to be married to a non-black person (she is Latino).

    Given the example that I just gave, I'm quite sure he wasn't lying.

  • Sweeta | September 20, 2013 9:43 AM

    Good question indeed, SERGIO! My guess is he's smart enough not to totally bite the hands that feed him.

  • sergio | September 20, 2013 7:34 AM

    Yes, he really did blame black woman for the cancellation of at least one show. I definitely remember the interview. Which brings me back to the question I always have, Why does he keep doing all these black rom-coms when he clearly wishes he was someplace else?

  • LeonRaymond | September 20, 2013 5:34 AM

    @CONNIE- Did he really blame Black women for the demise of a show. did he really do that, come on did he really blow up the farm?

  • DJP | September 20, 2013 3:50 AMReply

    This is a reboot of a TV series Bochco co created called Murder One. The series followed a legal team on a murder case for one season.

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    It totally is DJP! I watched 'Murder One' faithfully! The "one case for a whole season" was beyond its time years ago now cable shows have made that formula viable.

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