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Whoa! CBS Passes On 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Serial

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 10, 2013 9:56 PM
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Well, damn! 

It's rough out there folks. This has been one hell of a week for TV drops and pickups. Compared to this same period last year, we've had much more to cover.

Here's another casualty, which I'm actually surprised by. I foolishly thought this was a lock, given the brand, and who was involved (notably Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy). Nobody's safe.

CBS has passed on the Beverly Hills Cop TV series adaptation, which Brandon T. Jackson was to star in as Axel Foley's (Eddie Murphy's) son.

Murphy, who was to appear in the pilot (at least), teamed up with Shawn Ryan (creator of shows like The Shield and The Last Resort) and Sony Pictures Television, to produce a small screen version of the film franchise, as a serial.

After some serious competition from all 4 major networks for the series last year, CBS emerged the winner of this new Beverly Hills Cop series.

Shawn Ryan was to serve as showrunner, if CBS picked it up. Apparently, the pilot episode that was shot earlier this year, didn't do much for CBS, or they just felt that it wasn't a fit.

Described as an hour-long crime procedural with strong comedic elements, the series was to have a similar fish-out-of-water setup as the film, and would center on Axel Foley’s son, Aaron, a blue-collar police officer, trying to make a name for himself, absent of his prominent father's influence, and the criminals among the rich and famous in Beverly Hills he helps eliminate.

Shawn Ryan wrote the pilot episode script, and is executive producing with Eddie Murphy. 

So it's dead... for now. Given that there was supposedly interest in the project from all 4 major networks, there's a chance that it could end up elsewhere... or not. So stay tuned.

The carnage continues...

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  • Barney | May 12, 2013 2:59 AMReply

    Common sense could have told them this was a pass (if they'd stopped listening to the sycophants.) Who the **** wants to tune into Beverly Hills Cop to watch Axel Foley's SON?

    (And quite seriously, can somebody name a project I can check to see Brandon T. Jackson be as funny as Eddie Murphy?)

  • Penelope | May 11, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    I would nix the comedy. Go gritty and wry.

  • slb | May 11, 2013 2:11 PMReply

    That's quite surprising. That one had the expectation of being a "shoe-in" just like S.H.I.E.L.D.. The official pickup was going to be a formality.

  • production assistant master | May 11, 2013 9:24 AMReply

    why does it look like two gay guys banging in that photo?

  • Dre | May 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    Save the troll speak for elsewhere, no need to litter this board with homophobic commentary.

  • Akimbo | May 11, 2013 1:44 AMReply

    Told you. Casting Brandon T Jackson was a terrible call. Also, it's CBS.

  • ALM | May 10, 2013 11:05 PMReply

    Considering the strong interest from other networks, I agree with you that the show will probably be picked up by another network. Based on the premise, I always thought the show sounded like material that fit the FX network.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 10, 2013 10:35 PMReply

    This could work with the sharp writing. I imagine "CSI" but more low-tech. They should take it to TNT or Spike or **shudder** TBS (maybe it'll finally live up to its slogan).

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