July 28, 2012 8:55am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TCA 2012: FX Sets Cast for 'Bronx Warrants' Pilot, Orders Project From 'Homeland' EP
FX has set the cast for its comedy pilot Bronx Warrants and ordered a drama pilot based on the Swedish series The Bridge from the executive producers from Cold Case.
Stand-up comic Godfrey (Louie) and Robert Kelly (NYC 22) will star in the effort that's based on the life of David Joglar and Richard Wetzel, who co-produce, the project revolves around a group of warrant detectives in the Bronx assigned to arrest individuals with outstanding warrants. With bonuses paid out for each "body" they bring in, the detectives are out to get rich rather than dole out justice. Also boarding the series are Josh Segarra (Homeland) and Shirley Rumierk (White Collar).
Created by Arrested Development's Dean Lorey, Rescue Me's Denis Leary and Jim Serpico will executive produce Bronx Warrants. In announcing the cast of relative newcomers, FX president and GM John Landgraf also noted Scott Ellis (30 Rock) has boarded the project to direct the pilot.
FX ordered the pilot in June, mere months after the cable network's New York-set firefighter drama Rescue Me wrapped its run. Bronx, if ordered to series, would join a scripted comedy roster that includes It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Wilfred and the animated Archer.
For its part, The Bridge hails from Cold Case's Meredith Stiem (Homeland) and executive produced by Elwood Reid. The pilot hails from Shine America and FX Productions. The series, which Shine will distribute internationally, seems to have an eerie resemblance to AMC's now-canceled drama The Killing and revolves around the police drama investigation that begins with the discovery of a body on a bridge. The Danish concept was recently picked up for a second season.