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“Luther”, “Frankenstein”… FOX rolls first batch of pilot orders


After the “Minority Report” order a few days ago, things are really moving now at FOX with the new regime ordering a first batch of drama pilots coming from in-house studio 20th Century FOX Television. 

Producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland, Buffy, Angel) & new FOX CEO Dana Walden works together for a long time (since their days on The X-Files), so it’s no surprise if she decided to move forward with his Frankenstein project, vaguely based on the famous story by Mary Shelley. The sci-fi drama tells the adventures of 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. Doesn’t sound very original, to say the least… Looks like his other project, POTUS, more ambitious, won’t get a pilot order. But you never know…

The UK drama Luther from the BBC will get its US adaptation, with original creator Neil Cross writing and original star Idris Elba producing. A direct to series order was expected but FOX finally decided to go with a classical pilot order, maybe because of fall drama Gracepoint (Broadchurch remake) doing poorly. Important information; it’s cast-contingent, meaning the order can be cancelled if they don’t find the right leading man to replace Idris Elba in time. It will be a hard search… Luther is about John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. It’s a police procedural heavy on character development.

The third drama order is for Todd Hathan (Psych, Crash, Dominion). Rosewood revolves around the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., the top private pathologist in 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. Looks like a police procedural hidden behind a medical one. FOX certainly needs a replacement for Bones, ending its run soon.

Last order is for single-camera comedy 48 Hours Til Monday, from Universal Television. It is written by Charlie Grandy, a previous Saturday Night Live alumn who worked on The Office and now on The Mindy Project. It tells one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. Sounds like a very narrow concept to make 22 episodes out of it per season…

Expect FOX to order around 6 more comedies and 3 dramas, one of which could be DC Comics’ Lucifer.