September 19, 2013 1:52pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Steven Bochco's 'Murder in the First' Gets Series Order at TNT
TNT is officially in business with Steven Bochco.
The Turner-owned cable network has greenlit drama series Murder in the First, starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.
Bochco (NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues) penned the pilot alongside co-creator Eric Lodal (Lawless) and executive produces. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the drama, which hails from TNT Originals. Lodal will co-exec produce the series, which is slated to premiere in summer 2014. TBS International will handle distribution outside of the U.S. and Canada.
The drama revolves two seemingly unrelated high-profile murder cases and the subsequent police investigation, arrest and trial, offering viewers a window into the inner-workings of modern justice in an increasingly complex world.
Diggs stars as Terry Seagrave, a homicide detective who is dealing with his wife's terminal illness. For Terry, being a cop is his one chance to live right and "do good," and the job keeps him focused and off the sadness that tends to preoccupy his thoughts. Robertson will portray Hildy Mulligan, Terry's partner, who is described as self-assured and sexy without knowing it. She's divorced with a young daughter and a fearless detective who is keenly aware that her partner is grappling with a difficult situation. Both actors received multiple pilot offers this casting season.
"Murder in the First sets up an engrossing, season-long mystery that's certain to appeal to TNT fans," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and 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."
Tom Felton, Mimi Kirkland, Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Bess Rous and Steven Weber co-star in the drama, that marks Diggs and Robertson's first series roles since Private Practice and Boss, respectively.
Murder in the First is one of four new scripted dramas heading to TNT. Frank Darabont drama Mob City will debut in December, with Michael Bay's The Last Ship and Howard Gordon's Legends also set for 2014. Murder in the First joins fellow summer dramas Falling Skies and Perception on the roster for next year. Meanwhile, the fate of original dramas Franklin & Bash and rookie King & Maxwell have yet to be determined. The Bochco drama was one of two in the works at the cabler. Geena Davis' bounty hunter drama was passed over in July.