Robert De Niro sells crime drama to CBS

5:37 PM PST 10/12/2010 by James Hibberd

Robert De Niro and gritty crime writer Richard Price are teaming for a police drama at CBS; the network also has picked up a comedy from actor Josh Gad.

De Niro and Price made a script deal with the network for "Rookies," about a team of six freshman cops who are sent into high-crime trouble spots.

De Niro's Tribeca Prods. and CBS TV Studios is set to produce the drama. De Niro and Price are executive producers, along with Jane Rosenthal.

Price is best known to TV crime fans for his work on HBO's "The Wire," though he also wrote such films as "The Color of Money," "Ransom" and "Clockers" (based on his novel). Price and De Niro teamed on the film "Mad Dog & Glory."

The project is part of Tribeca's two-year-old overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Last year, the company developed a drama series at Showtime.

The deal gives CBS another potential crime procedural to add to its successful lineup of shows including "Criminal Minds" and "The Mentalist." Price's usual street-savvy style is more intense than typical CBS fare, which could bring some edge to the network.

Meanwhile, Gad ("Back to You," "Woke Up Dead") is near a deal for a comedy project to CBS.

The actor-comedian landed a script deal for "Adopted Family," a multicamera comedy. The story is about a teenage girl who shows up on a man's doorstep, leading him to discover that his new wife has a daughter he didn't know existed.

CBS Television Studios is producing the project.

Gad, repped by ICM and Zero Gravity Management, is a correspondent on "The Daily Show" and appears in the upcoming film "Love and Other Drugs."

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